Season at a glance
Mourning dove hunt dates: Sept. 1–Nov. 29, from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
Limit: Daily bag limit is 15; possession limit 45.
Note: Only shotguns not capable of holding more than three shells may be used to take doves.
All residents age 16 and over and all nonresidents must have a valid small game license in their possession. Residents may hunt doves without a license on property they occupy as their principal residence. All dove hunters must have evidence that they are HIP certified.
Relative mourning dove density
Avoid common mistakes
- Pre-season scouting is best in the morning and late afternoon, when doves are most active.
- Doves are most abundant in agricultural areas of western and southern Minnesota.
- Hunt in areas between food, water, grit and roosting locations.
- Doves often feed in wheat, oat and sunflower fields. Landowner permission is required to hunt private agricultural fields.
- Doves fly 30 to 40 mph and can reach 60 mph. Practice estimating extra wingshooting lead distance.
- Downed doves blend well with vegetation. Mark and retrieve birds immediately. Dogs can be very useful in retrieving doves.
- Early dove season weather may be hot; bring sufficient water for your dogs.
- Shooting doves or other game birds from power lines is unethical.