Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Regulations
NOTE: Migratory and waterfowl hunting dates are set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with Indiana DNR.
A valid hunting license is required to hunt migratory game birds and waterfowl. In addition, HIP registration, Indiana Game Bird or Indiana Migratory Waterfowl stamp privileges, and a Federal Migratory Bird hunting stamp may also be required as noted below.
Resident and non-resident youth age 17 or younger are exempt from needing a state migratory waterfowl stamp or gamebird habitat stamp to hunt gamebirds or waterfowl in Indiana.
2018 Early migratory game bird seasons and regulations
|Rails (Sora only)||Sept. 1 - Nov. 9|
|Daily bag: 25 and possession limit: 75; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required|
|Mourning Doves||Sept. 1 - Oct. 14 and Nov. 1 - 18, Dec. 8 - Jan. 4, 2019|
|Daily bag limit: 15 and Possession limit: 45; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration & Game Bird Habitat Stamp Required|
|Woodcock||Oct. 15 - Nov. 28|
|Daily bag limit: 3 and Possession limit: 9; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required NOTE: Woodcock hunters must wear exposed at all times as an outer garment one or more of the following articles that is solid hunter orange in color: a vest, coat, jacket, coveralls, hat or cap.|
|Snipe (Common)||Sept. 1 - Dec. 16|
|Daily bag limit: 8 and Possession limit: 24; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required|
Early teal and Canada goose information can be found on the main waterfowl page now since all the waterfowl seasons are set early.