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Montana Mourning Dove

Montana requires the purchase of Conservation License and a MT Migratory Bird License in order to hunt Doves in Montana. All migratory bird hunters in Montana, as well as in all other states, are required to take part in a National Harvest Survey Program. Montana is cooperating with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in collecting Mourning Dove wings from hunters. Randomly selected hunters will be asked to save one wing from each dove during the first week of the season and mail the wings (postage free) to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Listed below are 2012 dates. 2013 dates should be close to the same. This site will be updated with 2013 dates once they are released, which will be during the first few months of 2013. It is illegal to shoot Mourning Doves resting on utility lines or fixtures adjacent to those lines. The Mourning Dove season runs statewide from Sept 01 through Oct 30. There is a daily bag limit of fifteen (15) birds, and a limit of thirty (30) in possession.

Migratory birds may be taken only by bow or shotgun not larger than ten guage incapable of holding more than three shells and fired from the shoulder. Please review the fwp webless migratory bird regulations before planning your hunt and prior to entering the field to ensure compliance to all regulations. Webless Migratory Bird Regulations are updated by FWP in mid-August each year.

Mourning Dove
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