Hunting doves can be a great way to get started in hunting or to add another game to your bag. Doves are found in every county of West Virginia, and their populations are highest in the early fall. Dove hunting is also a social event, as it is usually done in groups. This blog post will provide tips on how to hunt doves in West Virginia, including where to find them, what equipment you need, and what regulations you need to follow.
Dove Hunting Laws in West Virginia
In West Virginia, the mourning dove is the only species of the dove that can be legally hunted. The hunting season for doves begins on the first day of September and runs through the last day of November. There is a daily bag limit of 15 doves, and a possession limit of 45. Doves may be hunted with firearms, bows, or crossbows. When hunting with a firearm, lead shot must be used. Steel shot may not be used to hunt doves in West Virginia. The use of baited fields is allowed in West Virginia for dove hunting, but hunters should be aware of the regulations regarding baiting. Only wheat, corn, milo, and sorghum may be used as bait. Baited areas must be free of all other food sources, and bait may not be placed within 100 yards of any occupied dwelling or public road. Baited areas must also be clearly marked with signs that state “BAITED AREA” in letters at least 4 inches tall.
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Do you need a license to hunt Dove in West Virginia?
Yes, you need a license to hunt dove in West Virginia. You can get a hunting license from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The cost of a hunting license varies depending on the type of license, but a basic hunting license for residents costs $19.50. Non-residents can purchase a three-day non-resident hunting license for $48.
Dove Hunting Seasons in West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has established specific dates for the hunting of doves in our state. The Mourning Dove season will run from September 1st through October 15th. The white-winged dove season will be from September 1st through 30th. The rock pigeon season is open all year long.
Dove hunters are required to have a West Virginia hunting license as well as a special HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification. These can be obtained at any licensing agent or online at the DNR website. The bag limit for doves is 15 per day, with no possession limit.
The DNR also offers a mentored youth hunt program for those ages 6-15. Information on this program can be found on the DNR website or by contacting your local wildlife biologist.
Can you hunt Dove at night in West Virginia?
Yes, you can hunt dove at night in West Virginia. There are a few things to keep in mind, though. First, you need to have a valid hunting license. Second, you need to be aware of the bag limits for doves. In West Virginia, the bag limit is 15 birds per day. Third, you need to be careful of where you shoot. Make sure you’re not in an area where there are houses or other people nearby. Finally, make sure you’re using a non-toxic shot.
Bag limits for hunting Dove in West Virginia
In West Virginia, the bag limit for dove hunting is 15 birds per day.
Legal ways to hunt Dove in West Virginia
There are many ways to legally hunt Dove in West Virginia. The most popular method is with a shotgun, but you can also use a bow and arrow, or a crossbow.
If you want to use a shotgun, make sure you have a valid hunting license and are familiar with the state’s hunting laws. You will also need to purchase a stamp that allows you to hunt Dove. The cost of the stamp is $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents.
If you plan on using a bow and arrow or crossbow, you will need to purchase an archery license in addition to your hunting license. You will also need to take a Hunter Safety Course before you can start hunting.
Can you use dogs to hunt Dove in West Virginia?
Yes, you can use dogs to hunt Dove in West Virginia. There are a few things to keep in mind when using dogs for this type of hunting, though. First, make sure that your dog is well-trained and will obey your commands. Secondly, be aware of the area you’ll be hunting in and make sure there are no hazards that could hurt your dog. Finally, be prepared to do some extra work in terms of cleaning up after your dog during the hunt. Other than that, using a dog to help you hunt Dove can be a great asset – just be sure to use them safely and responsibly!
Can you hunt Dove from a vehicle in West Virginia?
Yes, you can hunt Dove from a vehicle in West Virginia. There are a few things to keep in mind when doing so, however. First, you must have a valid hunting license. Second, you can only shoot from a properly registered and legal firearm. Finally, always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
As the fall season comes to a close, we reflect on another successful dove hunting season here in West Virginia. The memories of early morning hunts and spending time with friends and family will last a lifetime. We are grateful for the opportunity to pursue this sport in such a beautiful state.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading about our dove hunting experiences this season and we look forward to sharing more with you in the future. If you have any questions or would like more information on dove hunting in West Virginia, please feel free to contact us.