As hunters gather together to participate in opening day of dove hunting season on Sept. 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds everyone to always practice safety and responsibility while in the field.
The 2016-17 season for mourning and white-winged dove is separated into two segments: Sept. 3-Oct. 8 and Nov. 21-Jan. 14. The daily bag limit is 15 and the possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. All hunters must follow applicable licensing requirements.
Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. Hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.
For many hunters in North Carolina, the first day of dove season is a communal experience, signifying fall’s arrival and the commencement of many months of hunting opportunities. Such gatherings are a great time to promote responsible practices among fellow hunters, including: never place decoys on utility lines, always check fields to make sure you are not hunting over baited areas and never combine game bags.
Group hunts are also an opportunity to mentor young and novice hunters in essential safety rules, like always adhere to established zones of fire and never shoot at low-flying birds.