Game wardens prepare for historic dove season starting Sept. 1 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Game wardens prepare for historic dove season starting Sept. 1

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Texas hunters are preparing to enjoy the longest dove season in 80 years.  

A new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days of opportunity compared with previous years. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is integrating those additional days early in the season to take advantage of mourning dove migrating into the state.

Dove hunting season will now run from September 1st-November 13th in the North zone, where the panhandle region is located. 

Based on early survey results at TPWD, mourning dove numbers may be some of the highest in more than a decade in the Panhandle with similar numbers as 2015 in the rest of the state. White-winged doves continue to increase in numbers across the state, but the growth is gradually slowing.

All hunters are reminded that licenses expire each year on August 31, so a new license for 2016-17 is needed prior to going dove hunting. Licenses may be purchased at local sporting goods retailers, TPWD Law Enforcement offices, online through the TPWD website at or by phone at 1-800-895-4248. 

Hunting and fishing regulations for the new season can be found in the 2015-2016 Outdoor Annual, available at license retailers and online at A new app now available enables hunters to carry the Outdoor Annual with them on their mobile devices.

To download the free app, visit or search the iTunes App Store, Amazon AppStore or Google Play for Outdoor Annual – Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations. 

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