New Dove Field Planting Guidelines Have Been Established by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
1. Winter wheat can be top-sown from August 1 - November 30 statewide.
2. Up to 200 pounds of wheat can be top-sown per acre.
3. Doves can be hunted over top-sown wheat when planted for:
- Wildlife food plot
- Cover crop
- Agricultural crop
- Supplemental livestock grazing.
Mourning dove hunting typically kicks off the fall hunting season as many hunters look forward to a day on a dove field with family and friends. Unlike many other hunting activities, dove hunting is usually a highly social event with many hunters on the same field. Alabama is separated into 2 zones (north and south) with most of Alabama being in the north zone. The north and south zone seasons typically begin in early September and October, respectively. Review seasons and bag limits.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System revised recommendations for plantings related to dove management. Please visit this site for the latest information regarding plantings related to dove management. Below is a video from ACES that explains planting a legal dove field.
Mourning doves are migratory birds and are part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting that all hunters must follow. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a website that answers many questions regarding the legalities of dove hunting and preparing a dove field. A brochure regarding the management and hunting of mourning doves is also an excellent resource for hunters and managers.