The two-part season for marsh hens—including king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails—and common moorhens and purple gallinules will be from Sept. 8–Sept. 12 and Oct. 6–Dec. 9. The daily bag limit for king and/or clapper rails is 15 birds per hunter and moorhens and/or purple gallinules is 15 birds per hunter. The daily limit for sora and/or Virginia rails is 25 birds per hunter. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
Marsh hen hunting is a blast! Pole/paddle your boat into the flooded marsh on the spring tide. The birds will be on the mats of wrack(dead marsh grass). They usually don't fly away but will jump into the water and swim sometimes. I always carry a bunch of rocks or something that I can throw at them to get them to fly. Not much sport shooting a bird standing still. Don't over-gun; a .410 or a 20 ga. is all you will need.
If you have a lab puppy it is a great training camp for them.