Dove Hunting

2019-2020 Season

South Zone

  • Sept. 7-15
  • Oct. 12 - Nov. 17
  • Dec. 19 - Jan. 31

North Zone

  • Sept. 7-29
  • Oct. 12- Nov 17
  • Dec. 28 - Jan. 26

Dove hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset EXCEPT for opening day of the first split on WMAs and LDWF leased dove fields where shooting hours will be 12 pm (noon) to sunset, EXCEPT for Elbow Slough WMA, which will be open one-half hour before sunrise to sunset..

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 and Possession Limits

Mourning and white-winged doves and fully dressed Eurasian collared- and ringed turtle-doves:

  • Daily bag limit: 15 in aggregate
  • Possession limit: 45 in aggregate
  • 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


Public Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs

2019 Elbow Slough WMA Dove Lottery Application

WMA Dove Fields 2019