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Dove hunting starts Sept. 1

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department—

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expect promising hunting conditions ahead of the start of dove season on Sept. 1 despite the fact that 2020 surveys of dove populations were canceled due to ongoing public health concerns.

The TPWD reports a breeding population of about 25 million mourning doves and up to 15 million white-winged doves in Texas indicates that conditions are ripe for a fruitful season for the 300,000 hunters in the state.

In addition, the dove population numbers seem to increase during the hunting season as doves migrate into Texas from other areas.

TPWD biologists suggest that dry conditions in the northern and western regions of Texas could help to concentrate birds around food and water sources during the hunting season.

The North Zone season extends until Nov. 12 and will continue Dec. 18 through Jan. 3 while the Central zone runs from Sept.1 until Nov. 11 and Dec. 18 until Jan. 14 and the South zone runs from Sept. 14 until Nov. 1 and Dec. 18 until Jan. 23.

Special white-wing hunting days are planned from noon until sunset Sept. 5 – 6 and Sept. 12 – 13.

The daily bag limit is 15 and the possession limit is 45 for the regular season, but there’s a limit of no more than two mourning or white-tipped doves on the special days.

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