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Mourning dove hunting

Attention: Now available, new upland gamebird hunting tool mapping application! Please visit Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool and explore its features and mapping information!


Photo taken by: WDNR staff


Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool (FFLIGHT): This application provides an interactive mapping tool that allows hunters to locate and view suitable locations for ruffed grouse and woodcock, managed dove fields and properties stocked with pheasants. Here ruffed grouse hunters can explore the young aspen and lowland alder stands that provide excellent cover for ruffed grouse and woodcock. FFLIGHT also allows hunters to use aerial maps, topography and measuring tools to easily navigate and identify areas of interest and make their trips more productive and enjoyable.

Doves use a wide range of habitats, but fields with an abundance of weed seeds or grain, open gravel areas, and water sources are all good locations to find doves. Successful hunting is usually a product of good scouting. If you are looking for a way to introduce a new hunter to bird hunting, then dove hunting is a good opportunity.

Hunters who harvest a banded dove are asked to report them to the Bird Banding Lab online [exit DNR] .

Check out the 2019 fall migratory bird hunting forecast [PDF].

Season information

Remember: Non-toxic shot required for hunting mourning doves on department managed lands.

Contact information
For information on dove hunting, contact:
Jeff Williams
Assistant migratory game bird ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Last revised: Tuesday September 10 2019