2010 Mourning Dove Hunting Fact Sheet

The 2010 Nebraska dove season starts on 1 September and runs through 30 October, with daily bag limits and possession limits of 15 and 30, respectively. Bag limits are for mourning, white-winged, and Eurasian collared doves in aggregate. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. Resident dove hunters 16 years and older, and all non-resident hunters, are required to have a 2010 small game hunting license, a habitat stamp, and a 2010 Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number. HIP numbers are free and can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-877-NEHUNTS (1-877-634-8687), by registering on the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission’s website (www.nehip.com), or at any Game & Parks district office. A federal migratory bird hunting stamp (i.e., duck stamp) is NOT required to hunt doves. Dove hunters are encouraged to look for leg bands on any doves they shoot this year. Biologists across the country have placed bands on thousands of doves in Nebraska and 25 others states this summer, and hunters can play a vital role in dove management by reporting any bands that they recover. Hunters reporting bands will receive a certificate of appreciation that includes information about when and where the bird was banded. In addition, Nebraska will be cooperating with the US Fish & Wildlife Service in collecting mourning dove wings from hunters. Randomly selected hunters will be asked to save one wing from each dove they harvest during the first week of the season and mail them, postage free, to the USFWS. Data from wings will be used to estimate annual productivity and will eventually be used in improving dove harvest regulation. Sunflower, millet, or wheat, which generally provide good dove-hunting opportunities, have been planted at the following Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), additional areas offering good hunting opportunities are also listed. However, planting and weather conditions might have reduced seed production in some plots. Pre-season scouting is essential no matter where you plan to hunt.  North-central: Sherman Reservoir (18.5 acres wheat), H. W. Anderson (1 acre wheat), L. A. Koziel (3 acres fallow wheat, 1.5 acres wheat ), Pressey (10 acres wheat), Myrtle Hall (9 acres wheat, 27 acres harvested wheat), Calamus Reservoir (4 acres wheat, 3 acres PF dove/quail mix)  Northeast: Oak Valley (30 acres annual weeds, 5 acres sunflower, 5 acres wheat), Wood Duck (30 acres annual weeds), Black Island (10 acres millet, annual weeds), Elk Point (60 acres annual weeds, 30 acres sunflower)  Southeast: Osage North (18 acres sunflower, 17 acres wheat stubble), Osage SE (4.2 acres sunflower, 5.7 acres wheat stubble), Yankee Hill (7 acres sunflower), Olive Creek (0.5 acre sunflower), Branched Oak (20 acres sunflowers), Wildwood (13 acres sunflower, 5 acres oats), Conestoga (5 acres oats), Pawnee (8 acres sunflower), Twin Lakes (27 acres sunflower, 24 acres oats), Rakes Creek (7.5 acres sunflower [weedy])  Southwest: Clear Creek (Rye); annual weed management used for dove fields this year and will offer the best dove hunting: Wapiti, Cedar Valley, Box Elder, Ogallala Strip  South-central: Alexandria (17.3 acres sunflower), Alexandria SW (12 acres sunflower), Dry Sandy (several weedy areas), Flathead (7 acres sunflower), Little Blue (8 acres sunflower), Rose Creek (5.4 acres sunflower), Rose Creek West (9.9 acres sunflower)  Panhandle: No fields planted for doves, but Buffalo Creek, Peterson, and Bordeaux Creek provide good hunting around ponds or water sites. Other WMAs throughout the state can provide good dove hunting opportunities depending on local conditions. Contact the nearest Game & Parks district office for area-specific information, and remember to scout the area you plan to hunt.

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