2016-2017 Dove Seasons & Regulations

Regular Season
North Zone
Sept. 1 - Nov. 13, 2016
Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017
Central Zone
Sept. 1 - Nov. 6, 2016
Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017
South Zone
Sept. 23 - Nov. 13, 2016
Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 23, 2017
Special White-winged Dove Area
Sept. 23 - Nov. 9, 2016
Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 23, 2017
Special Season
Special White-winged Dove Area
Sept. 3 - 4, 2016
Sept. 10 - 11, 2016
Falconry
Statewide
Nov. 19 - Dec. 5, 2016

Bag Limits

ZoneDaily Bag LimitDaily AggregatePossession Limit
North Zone 15 birds No more than 2 white-tips 3 times daily bag
Central Zone 15 birds No more than 2 white-tips 3 times daily bag
South Zone 15 birds No more than 2 white-tips 3 times daily bag
Special White-winged Dove Area - Regular Season 15 birds No more than 2 white-tips 3 times daily bag
Special White-winged Dove Area - Special Season 15 birds No more than 2 mourning and 2 white-tips 3 times daily bag
Falconry (Statewide) 3 birds 3 times daily bag

Dove Hunting Zones

North Zone
That portion of the state north of a line beginning at the International Bridge south of Fort Hancock; thence north along FM 1088 to State Highway 20; thence west along State Highway 20 to State Highway 148; thence north along State Highway 148 to Interstate Highway 10 at Fort Hancock; thence east along Interstate Highway 10 to Interstate Highway 20; thence northeast along Interstate Highway 20 to Interstate Highway 30 at Fort Worth; thence northeast along Interstate Highway 30 to the Texas-Arkansas state line.
Central Zone
That portion of the state between the North Zone and the South Zone.
South Zone
That portion of the state south of a line beginning at the International Toll Bridge in Del Rio; thence northeast along U.S. Highway 277 Spur to U.S. Highway 90 in Del Rio; thence east along U.S. Highway 90 to State Loop 1604; thence following Loop 1604 south and east, then north, to Interstate Highway 10; thence east along Interstate Highway 10 to the Texas-Louisiana Line.
Special white-winged dove area
That portion of the state south and west of a line beginning at the International Toll Bridge in Del Rio; thence northeast along U.S. Highway 277 Spur to U.S. Highway 90 in Del Rio; thence east along U.S. Highway 90 to State Loop 1604; thence along Loop 1604 south and east to Interstate Highway 37; thence south along Interstate Highway 37 to U.S. Highway 181 in Corpus Christi; thence north and east along U.S. 181 to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, thence eastwards along the south shore of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to the Gulf of Mexico.

Legal Shooting Hours

From one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

During the Special White-winged Dove Season: noon to sunset.

See sunrise and sunset computations.

Legal Game Birds

Mourning Dove

  • Brown with black spots on wing
  • Long, pointed tail
  • All of Texas

White-winged Dove

  • White bar on wing
  • Long, rounded tail
  • South Texas, increasing statewide

White-tipped Dove (White-fronted)

  • Large, rounded tail
  • Rust-colored wing linings
  • South Texas

Unprotected Species

Eurasian Collared Dove

There is no closed season or bag limit restrictions for Eurasian collared-doves; however, it is recommended that plumage be left on these birds for identification purposes.

  • Narrow black collar on nape of neck
  • White, squared tail underside
  • Pale gray body, black bill, red irises

Rock Dove (Rock Pigeon)

There is no closed season or bag limit restrictions for common pigeons (rock doves); however, it is recommended that plumage be left on these birds for identification purposes.

  • Large plump body, small head
  • Gray, brown or white
  • Common in cities and ranches

Protected Species

Band-tailed Pigeon

Do Not Hunt

  • Yellow bill
  • White band on neck
  • Wooded mountain areas

 

Inca Dove

Do Not Hunt

  • Scaly looking
  • Small, brown body
  • Urban and suburban areas, woodland edges, savannahs, thickets

Common Ground Dove

Do Not Hunt

  • Sandy brown color
  • Dark spots on wings
  • Short, round tail
  • Small body, short thin bill

Common Ground Dove

Download PDF: Know Your Doves

License Requirements

Hunting License

All migratory game bird hunters must have a valid hunting license.

Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp Endorsement

Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane, and woodcock). A valid Federal Duck Stamp and HIP Certification are also required of waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older.

Harvest Information Program

When you purchase a hunting license, indicate to the license clerk that you intend to hunt migratory game birds and need to be HIP certified by answering a few simple questions.

Report Leg Bands

Please report leg bands online or call 1-800-327-BAND.


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