Dove season opens Labor Day
Published 10:01 pm Saturday, August 31, 2019
Dove season opens on Sept. 2 and hunters can purchase licenses online for immediate use in the field. Online license purchases can be made through ncwildlife.org.
Hunters can also purchase or renew their license by visiting a local wildlife service agent or by calling the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-888-248-6834, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The 2019-20 season for mourning and white-winged dove is separated into three segments: Sept. 2–Oct. 5 and Nov. 16–Nov. 30 and Dec. 9–Jan. 31. The daily bag limit is 15. All hunters must follow applicable licensing requirements and hunting regulations. Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. Hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.
The Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that it is a violation of state and federal law to take migratory game birds with the use or aid of salt, grain, fruit or any other bait. To avoid a baiting controversy, hunters should inspect areas to be hunted for signs of baiting. Hunters also need to be aware that an area is considered baited for 10 days following the removal of all bait. The Wildlife Commission encourages hunters to ask landowners about agricultural processes for fields or if areas to be hunted have been baited.
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