The Missouri Conservation Commission has set the dates for the 2008 early migratory bird seasons. The seasons approved on May 30 are based on proposed federal frameworks and are contingent on final federal approval.
Migratory birds include dove, sora, Virginia rail, snipe, teal and woodcock. The seasons for those species are as follows.
* Sora and Virginia rails: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9, 2008.
* Wilson's (common) snipe: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16, 2008.
* American woodcock: Oct. 15 through Nov. 28, 2008.
* Mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves and white-winged doves: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9, 2008.
* Blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal:
If the blue-winged teal breeding population index is 4.7 million or greater, a 16-day season, Sept. 6-21, is recommended.
If the blue winged teal breeding population index is at least 3.3 million but less than 4.7 million, a nine-day season, Sept. 13-21, is recommended.
If the blue-winged teal breeding population index is below 3.3 million, the season will be closed.
Unless exempt, hunters ages 16 and older must have a permit to hunt small game, a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp to participate in the early migratory bird hunting seasons.