Dove season opens Sept. 1

(Released August 11, 2014)

Minnesota’s mourning dove hunting season begins Monday, Sept. 1, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 9, with hunters allowed to shoot 15 doves each day, and have 45 in possession.

This is the 11th season of dove hunting in Minnesota, where about 13,000 hunters harvest about 100,000 doves each year. Nationwide, there are about 350 million mourning doves.

“Dove hunting is a great way to introduce youngsters to hunting,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife population and regulation program manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “It doesn’t require much more than a box of shells, shotgun, earth-tone clothing, a hunting spot and a bucket to sit on, which makes it easy for mentors to work with inexperienced hunters under very safe conditions.”

While not required, nontoxic shot is recommended for hunting mourning doves. A small game license and Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification are required for hunters 16 and older. More information on HIP certification can be found online.

Other migratory bird seasons that start on Sept. 1 include snipe, sora and Virginia rails.