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Dove (mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared) Mourning Dove Fact Sheet

Daily Bag Limit: 15 (aggregate) (Total harvest of all species combined cannot exceed 15.)
Possession Bag Limit: 45

Remarks – Includes mourning, white-winged and Eurasian collared-doves. Doves must
be shot while in flight; HIP number required.

Banding – Hunters who discover a band on a mourning dove should contact the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service banding office at 800-327-BAND (2263) or at www.reportband.gov.

Wing study – Randomly selected hunters will be asked to save one wing from each dove
during the first week of the season and mail the wings (postage free) to the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. Data from the wings will be used to estimate annual productivity of the
dove population and eventually used in helping to establish hunting regulations.

Eurasian Collared-Dove
Daily Bag Limit: 15
Possession Bag Limit: 45

Remarks – Small game license and habitat stamp required; HIP number NOT required during Collared Dove Season. Also legal during dove season as part of aggregate bag (see above).

Open Area:

Legal Methods of Take:

  • Shotgun (10 gauge or smaller. Must be plugged to limit shell capacity to no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.)
  • Bow and Arrow
  • Crossbow

Shooting Hours:

30 minutes before sunrise to sunset


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Mourning Dove is a common sight in open habitats south of the boreal forest from mountaintops to deserts, especially farmland and suburbs. It feeds on seeds, almost always on the ground. This species breeds year-round in souther parts of its range, producing up to six broods a year. Though many Mourning Doves withdraw from the northern great plains and southern Canada in the winter, this species is not often observed in its diurnal migration.


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