Dove season in MO begins Sept. 1

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KBSI) – Dove season opens Wednesday, Sept. 1 in Missouri and runs until Nov. 29.

Seasons for other migratory birds

  • Sora and Virginia rails – Sept. 1 through Nov. 9
  • Wilson’s common snipe – Sept. 1 through Dec. 16
  • American woodcock – Oct. 15 through Nov. 28

Read MDC’s Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting digest.

More information on hunting doves and other game-bird species.

Due to flooding and wet weather over the previous months, some plantings on MDC dove management areas may not be fully mature for opening day. Some replanted fields might not be ready until later in the month. Check conditions of fields prior to Sept. 1. Check a listing and details on MDC dove management areas. Buy Missouri hunting permits from numerous vendors around the state online at, or through MDC’s free MO Hunting app, available for download through Google Play or the App Store.

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