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Dove Hunting in Iowa Opens September 1

  • 8/22/2016 1:18:00 PM
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Iowa's sunflower fields will be a little busier this fall as hunters take part in the dove hunting season starting Sept. 1. Dove hunting is a great way to introduce young or new hunters to the sport since weather is nice and hunting requires only simple equipment.

Here's a few tips for a successful hunt:

  • Scout before you go. Preview the DNR's list of wildlife areas with managed dove plots.
  • Best times to hunt are morning and evenings when doves are most active.
  • Look for areas near standing crops or recently mowed fields where birds will feed.
  • Doves fly erratically so know your shotgun patterns and practice beforehand.
  • Don't forget to register for HIP, even if you don't shoot any birds.
  • Have fun and enjoy your time with friends and family!

Dove Season Quick Facts
Season dates: Sept. 1 - Nov. 9
Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Shot: Lead shot may be used except in designated nontoxic shot locations
Bag Limits: Daily limit of 15, possession limit of 45
Locations: Entire state is open
Licenses/fees: Small game license and habitat fee
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