Dove Hunting

2017-2018 Season

South Zone

Sept 2-10, Oct 7 – Nov 26, Dec 17 – Jan 15

North Zone

Sept 2 – 24, Oct 7 – Nov 12, Dec 17 – Jan 15

The dove hunting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset on all dates in each split, EXCEPT on Sept. 2 opening day on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields, where the hunting hours will be 12 noon to sunset. EXCEPTIONS: Elbow Slough WMA lottery hunt participants will also hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon on Sept. 2 and 3.

Note that on state wildlife management areas and LDWF leased fields non-toxic shot only is required when hunting doves; no lead shot is allowed.

Dove Hunting Zones

The following boundary divides the state into North and South dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Bag Limit

Mourning and white-winged doves and fully dressed Eurasian collared- and ringed turtle-doves: Daily bag limit 15 in aggregate, Possession 45 in aggregate, but note: there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed-turtle doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

Private Dove Lease Fields

2017- 2018 Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs