Dove Season Checklist
Everything You Need to Know for Dove Season
Hunting License for the new season
- The new license year begins September 1, each year.
- Purchase online, by phone or at a local retailer.
Texas Migratory Game Bird Endorsement
- This $7 Endorsement is required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane and woodcock).
Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification
- This free certification is obtained when you purchase your new license and takes only a few minutes to complete.
- HIP is used by TPWD & USFWS to generate reliable estimates of hunting activity and the number of all migratory game birds harvested throughout the country.
- Learn more about the Harvest Information Program.
Proof of Hunter Education
- Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course and must carry proof of completion while hunting.
- If you have completed Hunter Education in Texas and need proof of completion, you can print a duplicate card online.
- There are 3 course options to complete Hunter Education in Texas.
Review all season dates, regulations, bag limits, & shooting hours for your zone
- Dove season consists of a North Zone, Central Zone, South Zone and, as of 2017, Special White-winged dove days in the South Zone.
- Season dates may vary by zone.
Know Your Doves
- Know how to identify legal game birds and protected species.
Find a place to hunt
- The TPWD Public Hunting Program includes over 1 million acres located throughout Texas. Find information on property owned by TPWD as well as acreage leased by the department from other state and federal agencies, forest products industries, and other cooperating private landowners.
- Access is provided by the $48 Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit.
Texas Outdoor Annual
- Summary of Hunting & Fishing Regulations.
- Available online or mobile app.