The 2012 early migratory bird season dates have been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Indiana DNR as listed below.

As in other years, these dates are not final until the USFWS approves them, which typically happens by the end of August. The season dates fall within the framework provided by USFWS, so no changes are anticipated. A later Wild Bulletin will notify you of approval or change.

Indiana’s requested seasons have never been altered by USFWS after submission; however, there is always the slight possibility of change; therefore, the dates below should not be interpreted as being final.

Bag limit, possession limit and licensing information is at

  • Mourning Doves
    Statewide, 15-bird bag/30-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Oct. 23 & Nov. 9–25
  • Sora Rails
    Statewide, 25-bird bag/25-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Nov. 9
  • Woodcock
    Statewide, three-bird bag/six-bird possession limit: Oct. 15–Nov. 28
  • Common Snipe
    Statewide, eight-bird bag/16-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Dec. 16
  • September Teal
    Statewide, four-bird bag/eight-bird possession limit, blue-and green-winged teal only: Sept. 1–16
  • Canada Geese
    Statewide, five-bird bag/10-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–15

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