The 2016-2017 Texas dove hunting season dates have been approved by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), and this year the season has been extended from 70 days up to 90 days, per the new federal framework for migratory bird hunting seasons. The extra 20 days for the season are being split between the early and late parts of the season, giving Texas dove hunters additional time to bag some birds.
Dove Hunting Season Dates by Zone:
North Zone: Sep. 1 – Nov. 13, 2016 and Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017
Central Zone: Sep. 1 – Nov. 6, 2016 and Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
South Zone: Sep. 23 – Nov. 13, 2016 and Dec. 17, 2016 to Jan. 23, 2017
Special White-Winged Area:
Special Season: Sep. 3-4 and Sep. 10-11, 2016 (legal shooting hours are noon to sunset)
Regular Season: Sep. 23 – Nov. 9, 2016 and Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 23, 2017
The bag limits are the same for the North, Central, and South Zones:
Daily bag limit: 15, 3 for falconry
Possession limit: 45, 9 for falconry
The season shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
For the Special White-Winged Dove area, the daily bag limits are as follows:
Special Season (Sept. 3-4 and 10-11): 15 white-winged, mourning, and white-tipped doves in total, with no more than 2 mourning doves and 2 white-topped doves. Legal shooting hours during the special season are noon to sunset.
Regular Season: Aggregate bag limit is 15 with no more than two white-tipped doves.
The TPWD reminds you to report all birds with leg bands to www.reportband.gov.