Iowa dove season begins Sept. 1

Iowa’s inaugural dove season begins Thursday.

Doves can be found in all 99 Iowa counties, with highest
populations in the Loess Hills and southern three tiers of

Every DNR wildlife management district planted food plots for doves
and have worked to get those areas ready to provide the bare
terrain and scattered seed doves prefer. Some private food plots
were planted, as well.

Even without a dedicated plot, hunters should look for any area
that offers them concealment and small grains or weed seed, water
or grit for mourning doves.

Since doves are considered a migratory game bird, hunters will need
to have a plug in their gun limiting them to three shells and must
register with the Harvest Information Program before they go
hunting. Hunters may register online at or
by calling


Hunters are required to have a valid Iowa small game hunting
license and the habitat fee to hunt doves. Shooting hours are
one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is 15
doves with a possession limit of 30.

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