Missouri's dove season remains unchanged from last year, but hunters have an extra seven days for teal hunting. The 2003 teal season will run for 16 days and dove season for 70.
The 2003 early teal season opens Sept. 6 and runs through Sept. 21. The daily limit remains four, with a possession limit of eight. Shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset.
Dove season runs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 9, with a daily limit of 12 and a possession limit of 24. Common snipe season runs from Sept. 1 through Dec. 16, with bag limits of eight and 16.
Sora and Virginia Rail season opens Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 9. The possession limit is the same as the daily limit, 25 rails in the aggregate.
Woodcock season runs from Oct. 15 through Nov. 28, with limits of three and six. Shooting hours for doves, snipe, rails and woodcock are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
The Missouri Conservation Commission approved these early migratory bird hunting regulations earlier this year. However, the approval was contingent on final approval by federal officials. That final approval was, in turn, dependent on the outcome of annual surveys of game bird populations, particularly teal.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set population triggers to determine the length of the early teal season each year. If the population index for blue-winged teal is at least 4.7 million, the season is 16 days long. Season length decreases to 9 days if the blue-winged teal population index is between 3.3 and 4.7 million. A population index of less than 3.3 million results in closure of the early teal season.