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Alabama

Hunting

Dove Seasons & Limits

Mourning and White-Winged Dove

Note: At time of printing, federal guidelines were not final. See Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide.

North Zone (All counties except those listed below in south zone.)

  • Limit 15 a day (90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours:

  • 12 O’clock noon until Sunset
    (Afternoon Shooting Only) September 4
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) September 5 – October 24
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) November 20 – November 28
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) December 18 – January 16

South Zone

Baldwin; Coffee; Covington; Dale; Escambia; Geneva; Henry; Houston; and Mobile.

  • Limit 15 a day (90 days)

Split Season with Shooting Hours:

  • 12 O’clock noon until Sunset
    (Afternoon Shooting Only) September 11
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) September 12 – October 31
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) November 20 – November 28
  • One-half hour before Sunrise until Sunset
    (All Day) December 18 – January 16

It Is Legal To Hunt Doves On, Over, Or From...

  • Lands or areas where seeds or grains have been scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural operations, which include normal agricultural harvestings, normal agricultural post-harvest manipulations, or normal agricultural practices.
  • Lands planted by means of top-sowing or aerial seeding where seeds have been scattered solely as the result of a normal agricultural planting, a planting for agricultural soil erosion control, or a planting for post-mining land reclamation.
  • Lands or areas where grain or feed has been distributed or scattered solely as the result of the manipulation of an agricultural crop or other feed on the land where grown.
  • Standing crops.
  • Lands planted as wildlife food plots, provided the seed is planted in a manner consistent with Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service recommendations for the planting of wildlife food plots. In states without Cooperative Extension Service recommendations for the planting of food plots, the seed must be planted in accordance with Extension Service guidelines for producing a crop.
  • Lands planted as pasture improvements or for the purpose of grazing livestock. (The Fish and Wildlife Service will not make a distinction between agricultural fields planted with the intent to gather a crop and those planted without such intent provided the planting is carried out in a manner consistent with the recommendations of State Extension Specialists).
  • Standing or manipulated natural vegetation.
  • A blind or other place of concealment camouflaged with natural vegetation.

For further clarification, see www.fws.gov/le/huntfish/whatislegal.htm.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System recommends planting dates for some top sown grains between August 1 and November 30 depending on individual circumstances. For details see www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1467/ANR-1467-low.pdf.