North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Game Lands Dove Fields

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission maintains areas primarily to attract mourning doves on many game lands across the state. Click here for a map indicating the location of game lands with maintained fields for dove hunting as well as directions for locating each field.

Hunters should refer to the current Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for general guidelines on hunting doves and regulations specific to individual game lands. Some game lands require a permit to hunt doves. Permit hunts are intended to provide quality hunting experiences without overcrowding. Refer to the Permit Hunting Opportunities in North Carolina booklet as a guide to selecting, applying for and locating these hunting opportunities.


Areas managed to attract doves are typically seeded in millet, milo, sunflowers, sorghum, corn, or a mixture containing some or all of these crops. These fields are normally harvested, mowed or burned prior to the opening of the dove-hunting season to ensure seed is available and attractive to doves in the area.

Though the Wildlife Commission makes every effort to ensure each field is prepared yearly, weather conditions in some years can affect the quality of crops planted. It is important that hunters scout prospective areas prior to hunting the field.

Dove Hunting Do's and Don'ts

  • Do have all appropriate licenses and permits, including the HIP Certification, in your possession while hunting.
  • Do understand baiting laws when hunting in agricultural areas 
  • Do check shotguns to ensure a plug is in place and operating correctly to limit the number of shells to three.
  • Do be respectful—know where other hunters are stationed on the field.
  • Do handle all firearms in a safe manner, including to and from the field.
  • Do have plenty of fluids for yourself and hunting companions, especially children and hunting dogs, on excessively hot/humid days.
  • Don't exceed posted bag and possession limits.
  • Don't forget to have a safe, enjoyable and memorable hunt.