Dove season opens Sept. 2 for N.C. hunters


Dove opener marks change in seasons

A little over a month away, dove season begins, kicking off a change in seasons. Sept. 2 is opening day for these quick-flying birds. And even though North Carolina hunters will probably swelter in the heat, it won’t dampen the spirits of many outdoorsmen. This day marks the opening of another hunting season, which will soon be followed by the state’s most popular game animal — the whitetail deer.

North Carolina’s 2019 – 2020 dove season is split into three segments. The first runs from Sept. 2 – Oct. 5. The second one is Nov. 16 – Nov. 30, and the final segment starts on Dec. 9 and runs through Jan. 31.

The daily limit is 15 doves, which may include any combination of mourning doves and white-winged doves.

These other webless bird seasons open soon after

Some less-popular webless migratory game birds that open soon after dove season include king and clapper rails. Their season runs Sept. 7 – Nov. 7, and the daily limit is 15 birds. Sora and Virginia rails also open Sept. 7 and runs through Nov. 7. The daily limit is 25 birds. The season for gallinule and moorhens also runs Sept. 7 – Nov. 7, and they have a daily limit of 15 birds.

The season for common snipe is Oct. 28 – Feb 28. Hunters are bound to an eight bird limit. Woodcock season runs Dec. 7 – Jan. 28, and has a daily limit of three birds.

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