COLUMBUS — Opening day for Ohio’s 2014-15 early migratory bird hunting seasons will be Sept. 1 and includes mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe.
Dates for these hunting seasons, plus teal and woodcock, were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday.
Ohio’s dove hunting season was extended 20 days in 2014, including Sept. 1 to Nov. 9 and Dec. 13 to Jan. 1. The daily limit is 15 birds with a possession limit of 45 birds after the second day of the season.
Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas. Bott Wildlife Area. Controlled hunts will take place Sept. 1 and 2. Controlled dove hunts will also be offered at St. Marys State Fish Hatchery on Sept. 1, 6, 13 and 20. Hunting hours will be noon to sunset.
Opening day drawings will take place at noon Aug. 23 at the respective public area headquarters. Drawings for the other hunts will be held the day of the hunt at noon. Maps and details are available at wildohio.gov.
Canada goose may be hunted Sept. 1-15, with a daily limit of five birds and possession limit of 15 after the second day. The Mercer Canada Goose Zone will be open during the early season.
The early teal hunting season is Sept. 6 to 21 with a daily limit of six birds and possession limit of 18 after the second day. Sora rails, Virginia rails and moorhens can be hunted Sept.1 to Nov. 9 with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens. Hunting season for snipe is Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 and Dec. 20 to Jan. 4, with a daily limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season is Oct. 11 to Nov. 24 with a daily limit of three.
Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset. The 2014-15 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations are available at wildohio.gov and at license outlets.