ARIZONA DOVE HUNTING

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SEPT. 1-15, 2014

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» NEW IN 2014«

DOVE OUTLOOK: August marks the month when doves are at their peak numbers and the migration south begins around the start of the hunting season, particularly for white-wings. If the weather holds, and we don’t get a big storm blowing through to start the migration early, the early season dove hunt should be one to remember.

  • 15 bird daily bag limit. Hunters are now allowed 15, that's right, fifteen mourning doves per day! The limit on white-winged dove is still 10 birds. This new increase also affects the possession limit to 3 days' worth of 45 birds, of which no more than 30 may be white-winged doves.
  • 10 white-winged daily bag limit
  • 45 bird possession limit (respectively)
  • All day shooting hours
  • Expanded open hunting areas
  • New simplified licenses, including $5 youth license

» SEASON DATES «

  • Sept. 1-15, 2014 – Early Dove Season
  • Sept. 6-7, 2014 – Youth-only Dove Hunt at Robbins Butte Wildlife Area
  • Sept. 1, 2014 – Aug. 31, 2015 – Eurasian Collared-Dove Season
  • Nov. 21, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015 – Late Dove Season

For details about the youth-only dove hunt and other dove hunting events, visit our dove web page at www.azgfd.gov/dove.

» SUNRISE TIMES «

Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset, statewide, all seasons

  • Sept. 01, rise 6:02 a.m., set 6:54 p.m.
  • Sept. 05, rise 6:05 a.m., set 6:48 p.m.
  • Sept. 10, rise 6:08 a.m., set 6:41 p.m.
  • Sept. 15, rise 6:12 a.m., set 6:35 p.m.
  • Nov. 20, rise 7:05 a.m., set 5:23 p.m.

Times shown are for central Arizona. Figure up to nine minutes earlier for eastern areas, nine minutes later for western areas.

Online sunrise, sunset resource

» BAG LIMITS «

Dove limits: 15 birds in aggregate daily of which no more than 10 may be white-winged doves. 45 birds in possession; of which no more than 30 may be white-winged doves.

  • Early season legal species: Any mourning or white-winged dove
  • Late season legal species: Any mourning dove

Eurasian collared limits: Unlimited daily, unlimited possession

  • Legal species: any collared-dove

» LICENSE REQUIREMENTS «

A hunting license AND an Arizona Migratory Bird Stamp are required for all dove hunters 10 years and older.

  • The new $5 Youth Combination Hunt and Fish license (ages 10-17) includes the Arizona Migratory Bird Stamp.
  • Kids under age 10 do not need a hunting license when accompanied by a licensed adult (two kids per adult).

Hunting licenses and the Arizona Migratory Bird Stamps can be purchased at more than 300 license dealers statewide, any Game and Fish office or online.

» OPEN HUNTING AREAS «

Approximately 1 million acres of open, undeveloped, uninhabited desert areas on the edges of city limits are now open to dove hunting.

However, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has taken a conservative, approach by closing hunting in well-defined, densely populated, core areas within Phoenix metro as well as in other metro areas in the state.

Hunters need to read the notes section of the regulations CAREFULLY before they go hunting. Violation of these notes (laws) can result in revocation of one’s hunting privileges.

These open areas are important for Arizona hunters, but it is also up to hunters to be responsible, ethical, and good neighbors.

» UNIT 25M BOUNDARIES «

The following described area in Unit 25M is closed to hunting: Beginning at the junction of 51st Ave. and I-10; west on I-10 to AZ Loop 303,northeasterly on AZ Loop 303 to I-17; north on I-17 to Carefree Hwy; east on Carefree Hwy to Cave Creek Rd.; northeasterly on Cave Creek Rd. to the Tonto National Forest boundary; easterly and southerly along the Tonto National Forest boundary to Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation boundary;northeasterly along the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation boundary tothe Verde River; southerly along the Verde River to the SaltRiver;southwesterly along the Salt River to the Tonto National Forest boundary; southerly along the Tonto National Forest boundary to Bush Hwy/Power Rd.;

southerly on Bush Hwy/Power Rd to AZ Loop 202; easterly, southerly, and westerly on AZ Loop 202 to the intersection of Pecos Rd. at I-10; west on Pecos Rd. to the Gila River Indian Community boundary; northwesterly along the Gila River Indian Community boundary to 51st Ave; northerly on 51st Ave to I-10; except those portions that are sovereign tribal lands. Base and Meridian Wildlife Area falls within the boundarydescribed above but is open to limited hunting. County islands within this boundary are also open to hunting provided the hunter does not discharge a firearm within 1/4 mile of an occupied farmhouse, residence, cabin, lodge, or building without permission of the owner or resident. Privately held lands within county islands may be closed by the landowner.

» YUMA DOVE HUNTING «

Check out the new, www.yumadovehunting.com, website for local information on the Yuma dove hunting hot spot. They have hunting information, events, activities, contests and visitor information.

» BRAGS & STORIES «

After your trip to the field trying to bring down those speeding bullets, let us know how you did, share your experience, a photo, and maybe a hunting tip at any one of our social sharing sites:

  • Facebook - azgafd
  • Twitter - @azgfd use hashtag #azdovehunt, #azhunting, #smallgamenation

*The information provided here is for mobile convenience only. Hunters are reminded that the 2014-15 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations have precedence and is the legal controlling document.

» MORE INFORMATION «

For a more information on dove hunting, visit the
Arizona Game and Fish Department's web page at www.azgfd.gov/dove.