TPWD Scoping Proposed Shift to South Zone Dove Season

Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701,

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is scheduling a series of scoping meetings to gather public input on a proposal to move the South Zone second split of dove season deeper into January.

The proposed dove season in the South Zone would run Sept. 20-Nov. 2, reopening Dec. 26-Jan. 20 with a 12 bird bag and not more than two white-tipped doves.

The North Zone would run Sept. 1-Oct. 30, with a 15-bird bag and not more than two white-tipped doves; the Central Zone would be Sept. 1-Oct. 30 and reopen Dec. 26-Jan. 4, with a 12-bird bag and not more than two white-tipped doves. Possession limit is twice the daily bag.

The Special White-winged Dove Zone, which now encompasses land west of I-35 and south of U. S. Highway 90, would open to white-winged dove afternoon-only (noon to sunset) hunting the first two Saturdays and Sundays in September and reopen Sept. 20-Nov. 2 and again from Dec. 26-Jan. 16. The daily bag limit is 12 birds, not more than four (4) mourning doves during the first two weekend splits and two (2) white-tipped doves.

In South Texas, a few hunters have requested more hunting opportunity in January. To accommodate this request, the department is proposing to move one week from the end of the first season segment (Nov. 3-9) and put it in January (Jan. 14-20). Quail and deer hunting would still be concurrent during either of these periods.

The public is urged to provide public comment at any of the following public scoping meetings or online at

South Zone Dove Scoping Meetings

All meetings are set for 7 p.m.

  • June 24 — Rosenberg, Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road.
  • June 26 — Victoria, Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro, Suite 108.
  • July 7 — Pleasanton, Coastal Bend College, 1411 Bensdale.
  • July 8 — Hebbronville, Jim Hogg County Courthouse, 102 E. Tilley (meeting will be upstairs in the district court room).

Adoption of the early migratory game bird seasons will take place later this summer as population and other data becomes available.

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