Dove General Any Weapon Season

Hunt Area Statewide
Unlimited Tags

9/1/2018 - 10/30/2018

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Either-sex Mourning Dove
Either sex may be taken.
Shotgun, Archery or Falconry
No person shall take upland game birds:
  • Except wild turkey, from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise. Wild turkey shall not be taken between sunset and one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise.
  • With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, or firearms EXCEPT a shotgun using shells not exceeding three and one-half (3-1/2) inches maximum length, slingshot, hand-held or thrown missiles, EXCEPT forest grouse. Forest grouse shall not be taken with a trap, snare, net, or crossbow. Crossbow may be used to take forest grouse by a person who possesses a Disabled Persons Archery Hunting Permit or a Special Weapon Reasonable Modification Hunting Permit authorizing use of a crossbow or by a person hunting in an area where crossbow is a lawful method of take for big game.
  • From any watercraft.
  • By the use or aid of any electronic call.
  • By the aid of baiting. Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract upland game birds.
  • When hunting on Wildlife Management Areas where pheasants are stocked without wearing at least thirty-six (36) square inches of visible hunter orange above the waist.

In addition to the methods listed above, wild turkey may not be taken:
  • With lead shot exceeding BB size.
  • With steel shot exceeding T size.
  • By the use of dogs, except during fall hunts.


Daily Bag Limit: 15, Possession Limit: 45

Migratory Bird (HIP) Permit - REQUIRED
Shotgun capable of carrying no more than 3 shells - REQUIRED
Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp - NOT REQUIRED
Nontoxic Shot - NOT REQUIRED
Shot size: No person shall take mourning doves while in possession of shot larger than two tenths (0.2 inches) in diameter (size T).

Eurasian-collared doves are larger than mourning doves. They have a black collar on the top part of the neck, pale gray coloration, and dark primary feathers. These doves are an introduced species that have recently expanded their range into Idaho. Eurasian-collared doves will not count as part of your aggregate bag of mourning doves as long as they are identifiable.

Eurasian-collared doves may be taken in any amounts and at any time by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting or combination hunting license, provided such taking is not in violation of state, county, or city laws, ordinances or regulations.

Hunt Area Statewide
Entire State Open. Area Size: 53,466,808 acres
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Resident Tags and Permits

  • Federal Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation (dove, duck, goose, coot, sandhill crane, and common snipe)
  • Falconry Permit* (Valid for 3 years from purchase year)
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

NonResident Tags and Permits

  • Federal Migratory Game Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation (dove, duck, goose, coot, sandhill crane, and common snipe)
  • Falconry Permit* (Valid for 3 years from purchase year)
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

A valid hunting license is required for all hunting and trapping activities.
* Indicates this item is optional.

Where to purchase

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

Surface Management

For government land, these data show the managing agency of the land, which may or not be the same as the owning agency.

Graph illustrating 37.94 percent U.S. Forest Service (USFS) 20,283,954 acres   37.9%
Graph illustrating 29.7 percent Private 15,877,280 acres   29.7%
Graph illustrating 21.88 percent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 11,700,557 acres   21.9%
Graph illustrating 4.58 percent State of Idaho 2,449,108 acres   4.6%
Graph illustrating 1.05 percent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 560,931 acres   1%
Graph illustrating 0.96 percent U.S. National Park Service (NPS) 510,832 acres   1%
Graph illustrating 0.88 percent Indian Reservation / Bureau of Indian Affairs 471,587 acres   0.9%
Graph illustrating 0.87 percent Indian Reservation / Bureau of Indian Affairs 463,584 acres   0.9%
Graph illustrating 0.58 percent Other 311,755 acres   0.6%
Graph illustrating 0.41 percent State of Idaho 221,033 acres   0.4%
Graph illustrating 0.37 percent U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) 195,750 acres   0.4%
Graph illustrating 0.24 percent U.S. Military 127,286 acres   0.2%
Graph illustrating 0.13 percent U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) 71,667 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.09 percent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 48,807 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.08 percent State of Idaho 40,458 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.05 percent Other 27,504 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.05 percent U.S. Corps of Engineers (COE) 26,190 acres   0%
Graph illustrating 0.04 percent U.S. National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) 23,807 acres   0%

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Access Yes! Properties

Access Yes! is Fish and Game program designed to improve hunting and fishing access to private land or through private land to public land by compensating willing landowners who provide access.

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Federally-designated Wilderness Areas

No motorized vehicles are allowed in these areas.