What is the best time to go dove hunting?

▶ The best shooting is during those times when the birds are flying between roosting and feeding areas. In the morning, that’s generally between 8 and 10, and in the evening from 5:30 until about 7.

What time are doves most active?

As with most animals, doves are most actively feeding in the early morning and late evening. That being said, you only a small window before doves are scared off by hunting pressure so do not want to limit yourself to only these times. For morning hunting, I suggest you try to be the first hunter in the field.

What time of day do doves fly?

Doves usually fly from their night roost to a watering hole shortly after dawn, then quickly move to feeding areas where they stay until midday. They loaf at perching, watering or graveling sites near the feeding area for an hour or two around noon, then return to the feeding area for the remainder of the afternoon.

What are the best conditions for dove hunting?

It may sound obvious, but doves need food, water, and shelter at night. Dove hunts will always be best done around the one of these that’s least available in your area. It’s what concentrates the birds. Keep your eyes on the skies because where there’s smoke, there may be the best dove hunting of the season.

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What month is dove hunting?

September 1st is observed as the peak of this birds migration and the opening day for dove in many states. This “pre-season” hunt usually runs from September 1st and for 15 consecutive days in California and other states. Late season dove hunts open weeks or months after the early season.

Is dove hunting better in the morning or evening?

▶ The best shooting is during those times when the birds are flying between roosting and feeding areas. In the morning, that’s generally between 8 and 10, and in the evening from 5:30 until about 7.

How many dove decoys should I use?

The key is not how many dove decoys are set out, but how and where. Try spacing out four or five decoys or double up a pair or two. It has been my experience that it is often more effective to position decoys in separate pairs, rather than in groups. Doves on the ground often travel in pairs.

How many dove can you shoot a day?

Mourning dove and white-winged dove have a daily bag limit of 15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged dove. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit.

Can you shoot a dove on the ground?

What is Legal? You can hunt doves on, over, or from: Lands or areas where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural operations, which include normal agricultural harvestings, normal agricultural post- harvest manipulations, or normal agricultural practices.

Are dove active in the rain?

Doves are particularly sensitive to cooler weather and rain. A cool rain often triggers a major dove exodus. The good news is that the doves Texas hunters shoot in the first two weeks of the season are almost all native birds.

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