California dove hunts opening soon - California Hunting Post

California dove hunts opening soon


Apply now for statewide dove hunts on public and private land. CDFW is accepting applications for California dove hunts right now.

California has a split season for dove hunts. The first half of Calfornia dove hunts opens on September 15, 2019, and lasts until 09/ 15, 2019. The second statewide dove season runs from November 9 to December 23, 2019.

California dove hunts
California Mourning dove

The daily bag limit for white-winged and mourning dove is 15. Ten can be white-winged doves. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. Spotted dove or ringed dove do not have limits, but their season dates equal those for mourning doves and white-winged dove. Eurasian collared-dove does not have a season and can be hunted year-round, with no bag or possession limit.

The best California dove hunts are assigned to hunters by random drawing. They are part of the Upland Game and SHARE programs of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). Here is the CDFW list of public land dove hunts and their relevant locations:

  • Merced and Stanislaus counties: North Grasslands Wildlife Area (China Island and Salt Slough units), Los Banos Wildlife Area
  • Sacramento County: Cosumnes River Preserve
  • Fresno County: Pilibos Unit of the Mendota Wildlife Area
  • San Diego County: San Felipe Wildlife Area
  • San Luis Obispo County: North Chimineas Ranch, Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve.

Limited access SHARE California dove hunts on private land are available as follows:

  • Santa Barbara County: Harrington Farms, Jones Ranch and Sleepy Creek Ranch
  • Tulare County: Hart Ranch.

Hunters can apply for these opportunities online, at CDFW license sales offices or by visiting a retail license agent. Finally, you can also apply by calling (800) 565-1458.

California dove hunts
Eurasian Collard Dove

Want even more information? Visit and And do not forget that since July 1, 2019, lead-free ammunition is required for taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.


Chris P.

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