KINGMAN – For those sportsmen who want to go dove hunting this weekend, here are a couple of things to remember.
All hunters over the age of 10 years old are required to have a valid Arizona hunting license in order to hunt doves.
Hunters over the age of 17 will need a migratory bird stamp for their license. These are available at any license dealer or at any Arizona Game and Fish Department office.
The limit for doves is 15 birds per day, with no more than 45 in possession after Day 3 of the hunt. The limit can be both white-winged and mourning doves, though no more than 10 of the doves can be white-wings.
Birds cleaned in the field must have a feathered wing left on the carcasses so that identification of the species can be determined. Do not clean and leave carcasses at wildlife or stock waters.
Pump or semi-automatic shotguns can hold no more than three shells total.
Legal shooting hours are one half-hour before sunrise and at sunset.
Hunters are not allowed to take doves within one quarter-mile of an occupied structure unless they have permission from the property owner.
Finally, hunters are reminded not to leave shotgun shells or boxes in the field. Failure to pick up these items can lead to a citation for criminal littering while hunting, which can lead to a five-year revocation of your hunting, fishing and /or trapping privileges.
For more information, go to www.azgfd.gov/dove.