Revised dove field planting guidelines announced

Mourning dove hunting typically kicks off the fall hunting season as many hunters look forward to a day on a dove field with family and friends. Unlike many other hunting activities, dove hunting is usually a highly social event with many hunters on the same field. Alabama is separated into 2 zones (north and south) with most of Alabama being in the north zone. The north and south zone seasons typically begin in early September and October, respectively.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has revised its recommendations for plantings related to dove management, including:

–Winter wheat can be top-sown from August 1 – November 30 statewide.

–Up to 200 pounds of wheat can be top-sown per acre.

–Doves can be hunted over top-sown wheat when planted for:

  • Wildlife food plot
  • Cover crop
  • Agricultural crop
  • Supplemental livestock grazing.

-Information courtesy of Outdoor Alabama