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Hunters get second shot at doves beginning Friday

Posted November 18, 2019

Late season runs Nov. 22 through Jan. 5 

 

PHOENIX – Arizona dove hunters will be able to double their wing-shooting pleasure when the state’s “second” season begins Friday, Nov. 22.

Unlike the 15-day season that begins Sept. 1, the late season lasts 45 days and runs through Jan. 5, 2020. There still is a 15-bird daily bag limit, all of which must be mourning doves. The possession limit remains 45 mourning doves after opening day, of which no more than 15 may be taken in any one day. As always, there is an unlimited daily bag and possession limit for the invasive Eurasian collared-dove.

A few things to remember to make the most of the upcoming season:

Dove hunters play an important role in conservation. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) funds are comprised of excise taxes collected on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment (including 11 percent on ammunition), the benefit of which comes right back to Arizona for habitat improvements, shooting ranges, boating access and more.

In addition to the late dove season that opens Friday, several other small game hunting seasons are underway, including quail (Gambel’s, scaled), Oct. 18, 2019-Feb. 9, 2020; cottontail rabbit, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020; chukar, Sept. 1, 2019-Feb. 9, 2020; and tree squirrel (Abert’s, Kaibab and Red, excluding Mount Graham red squirrel), Oct. 4, 2019-Dec. 31, 2019. The season for Mearns’ quail opens Dec. 6, 2019 and closes Feb. 9, 2020.