Tips for Safe Dove Hunting

Commission Has Tips for Safe Dove Hunting

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

LINCOLN, Neb. –-( Nebraskans are reminded to think safety first when hunting doves this fall.

Hunter Education Coordinator Mike Streeter of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has suggestions for a safe and successful hunt:

— Wear hunter orange to and from your favorite stand and hang some hunter orange around the site to let others know your location.

— Each year someone is injured when a hunter fires at a low-flying dove and strikes another hunter hiding on the other side of the field. Know your target and what is beyond it.

— Watch the muzzle and never point it at anyone.

— Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.

— Stay calm and take your time to set up shots. You never will hit a dove if you rush the shot. Use an open choke and let the doves get as close as possible to make good, planned shots. The best shot size for this is 7½ or smaller.

— Bring water to drink and avoid dehydration.

— Use a folding stool to sit on to reduce exposure to insects, such as spiders, chiggers and ticks. Use an insect repellent with DEET. This will make you more comfortable and increase your ability to sit still for long periods of time. Doves key off movement, so keep movement, such as fending off insects, to a minimum.

Dove season opens Sept. 1. Hunting permits may be purchased at

Dove hunters, except Nebraska residents under age 16, require a free Harvest Information Program number. Visit or call toll-free (877) 634-8687 to obtain one. A Nebraska waterfowl stamp is not required. Shotguns must be restricted to hold no more than three shells.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503
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Pigeon Hunter

You also need to bring equipment for simple camouflage, it is important in the hunt dove because we must wait patiently and not be seen by the target.