Dove and other Migratory Game Birds

Webless Migratory Game Birds


dove sitting on a rock

The mourning dove is a streamlined plump bird with a small head. It has a long, pointed tail with a brownish back flecked with black spots and the breast is tan to light rose. The white edged tail feathers are visible when it spreads its tail. The feet and legs are light red to light purple.

The bird’s preferred habitat varies. Its diet includes a variety of weed seeds, sunflower seeds and various domestic grains. The dove breeds from late March to September. The dove is found statewide. There is a resident population of doves in Oklahoma but the majority of birds migrate from Canada and the northern states, through Oklahoma, down to Mexico.

Many an hour has been spent beside a pond or along the edge of a plowed field awaiting the swift arrival of this quick and elusive game bird. Traditions have been built on dove hunts past and dreams are made of dove hunts future.

Dove Hunting Information

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Information

Migratory Game Bird Identification

Nongame Migratory Bird Identification

Migratory Bird Diseases