Idaho Dove Hunting Season Dates and Regulations

Dove Seasons & Areas: Regulations Overview

Mourning and White-winged Dove Seasons and Limits

  • Daily Bag Limit: 15 | Possession Limit: 45

Season Dates:

  • September 1, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Required Permits:

  • Migratory Bird (HIP) Permit — REQUIRED
  • Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp — NOT REQUIRED

Firearm and Ammunition Requirements:

  • Shotgun Capacity:

    • Hunters must use a shotgun capable of carrying no more than 3 shells.
  • Nontoxic Shot — NOT REQUIRED:

    • The use of nontoxic shot is not mandatory for dove hunting.
  • Shot Size Limitation:

    • No person shall take mourning doves while in possession of shot larger than two tenths (0.2 inches) in diameter (size T).

Transportation Requirements:

  • All game birds and Eurasian-collared doves must have one (1) fully-feathered wing or the head left naturally attached during transportation.

Identification of Eurasian-Collared Doves:

  • Eurasian-collared doves are larger than mourning doves, characterized by a black collar on the top part of the neck, pale gray coloration, and dark primary feathers.

Identification Guidelines:

  • Eurasian-collared doves will not count as part of your aggregate bag of doves as long as they are identifiable with wing or head attached.

Year-round Identification Requirement:

  • The identification requirement for Eurasian-collared doves applies all year. This ensures that they are identifiable by having either the wing or head attached.

Taking Regulations for Eurasian-Collared Doves:

  • Eurasian-collared doves may be taken in any amounts and at any time by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting or combination hunting license, provided such taking is not in violation of state, county, or city laws, ordinances, or regulations.

Hunters, adhere to these regulations and identification guidelines to ensure a responsible and compliant Mourning and White-winged Dove hunting experience in Idaho.

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