Georgia’s Dove Hunting Season Opens September 7, 2019

The headline from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) about dove hunting season opening on Saturday, September 7, 2019 says it all: “The anticipation is building, where will you be on opening day?”

It’s been a long time since dove hunting season has had this much attention in Georgia.  It’s almost reminiscent of the time when comedian Jeff Foxworthy wondered aloud if hunters would blast the doves out of the sky when they were released during the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

My guess is fewer doves will be spared on the morning of September 7th.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division

“Georgia offers more than 50 public dove fields and this is widely considered one of the best times of the year to introduce someone new to hunting,” said Ted Will, Chief of WRD Game Management.

“Additionally, this year, in response to the desire of hunters to end the dove season later, recent framework changes by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowed us to provide that opportunity until January 31.”

Dove Seasons and Times for 2019- 2020

  • Opening Day September 7th through September 30th
  • November 23rd through December 1st
  • December 6th through January 31, 2020
  • Shooting hours are noon until sunset on opening day (September 7) and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season dates.

Dove Hunting Season Rules and Tips

  • The daily bag limit is 15 doves per hunter.  Collared doves may be taken and do not count toward your daily limit.  Shotguns must be plugged to hold no more than three shot shells while hunting doves.
  • As always, hunters must obtain permission from landowners before hunting on private property.
  • Hunters 16 years of age and older need to have a hunting license and a Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp.  This stamp is how Georgia participates in the federal Harvest Information Program (HIP). Some licenses allow the license holder to get the Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp at no cost.
  • Hunters may purchase licenses online HERE or by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

Additional Info on Dove Hunting in Georgia.