Doves use a wide range of habitats, but fields with an abundance of weed seeds or grain, open gravel areas, and water sources are all good locations to find doves. Successful hunting is usually a product of good scouting. If you are looking for a way to introduce a new hunter to bird hunting, then dove hunting is a good opportunity.
Hunters who harvest a banded dove are asked to report them to the Bird Banding Lab online [exit DNR] or by phone at 1-800-327-Band (2263).
Remember: Non-toxic shot required for hunting mourning doves on department managed lands.
- Season Dates
- Managed sunflower fields for dove hunting [PDF]
- Mourning Dove Hunting in Wisconsin [PDF]
- HIP registration
- Mourning dove fact sheet [PDF]
- Dove management
For information on dove hunting, contact:James Christopoulos
Assistant migratory game bird ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
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