Dove and other Migratory Game Birds


dove on branch

The mourning dove is a streamlined plump bird with a small head. It has a long, pointed tail with a brownish back flecked with black spots and the breast is tan to light rose. The white edged tail feathers are visible when it spreads its tail. The feet and legs are light red to light purple.

The bird’s preferred habitat varies. Its diet includes a variety of weed seeds, sunflower seeds and various domestic grains. The dove breeds from late March to September. The dove is found statewide. There is a resident population of doves in Oklahoma but the majority of birds migrate from Canada and the northern states, through Oklahoma, down to Mexico.

Many an hour has been spent beside a pond or along the edge of a plowed field awaiting the swift arrival of this quick and elusive game bird. Traditions have been built on dove hunts past and dreams are made of dove hunts future.


Four Steps to Better Dove Hunting

1. Location, Location, Location

2. Scout

3. Gear

4. Be a Lethal Combination

More Migratory Game Bird Hunting Information

FAQ's regarding HIP and Crane Permits in Oklahoma

Summary of Federal Regulations in Regards to Migratory Game Birds

Dove Hunters We Need Your Help

Season Dates and Regulations

Dove Baiting Regulations

Migratory Game Bird Identification

  • Waterfowl Identification in the Central Flyway
  • Common Snipe
  • Doves (mourning, white-wing and Eurasian collared)
  • Ducks
  • Purple gallinule and common moorhen 
  • Geese
  • Rail
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Teal
  • Woodcock
  • Nongame Migratory Bird Identification

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Swan - Trumpeter
  • Swan - Tundra
  • White Pelican
  • Whooping Crane
  • Migratory Bird Diseases

  • FAQ's on Highly Pathogenic (HPAI) H5N1 Bird Flu
  • West Nile Virus
  • Sarcosporidiosis (Rice Breast Disease)
  • Avian Botulism
  • Avian Cholera
  • Trichomonisis (doves and pigeons)
  • Mycotoxins
  • Apergillosis
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Chemical Toxins