Doves can be found in all 99 Iowa counties, with highest populations in the Loess Hills and southern three tiers of counties.
Every DNR wildlife management district planted food plots for doves and have worked to get those areas ready to provide the bare terrain and scattered seed doves prefer. Some private food plots were planted, as well.
Even without a dedicated plot, hunters should look for any area that offers them concealment and small grains or weed seed, water or grit for mourning doves.
Since doves are considered a migratory game bird, hunters will need to have a plug in their gun limiting them to three shells and must register with the Harvest Information Program before they go hunting. Hunters may register online at https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/ia_customer/app/goHome.do or by calling
Hunters are required to have a valid Iowa small game hunting license and the habitat fee to hunt doves. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 doves with a possession limit of 30.