Scientific Name: Zenaida macroura
Classification: Game Species
Abundance: Common throughout state
Species Profile (pdf)
The mourning dove has a thin, delicate-looking bill, a neat head, and a long, graduated tail bordered with large white spots. The colors of the female are
duller than the gray-brown adult males. At close range, adult males can be distinguished by purple-pink iridescent feathers on the neck and light pink
on the breast. The upper part of the throat is whitish. Legs and feet are dull red or purplish red.
To learn more about the Mourning Dove, view the species profile or click on the other tabs on this page.
This section contains information regarding migratory game birds other than waterfowl. Among others, these include doves, woodcock, rails and snipe. North Carolina has abundant opportunities to pursue these species and dove hunting is extremely popular throughout the state. North Carolina typically ranks in the top 10 states for annual harvest of mourning doves. Hunting pressure for woodcock and snipe is typically much lower but these birds can be found throughout the state where suitable habitat exists. Hunting for rails can occur anywhere along the immediate coast with higher success in the southeastern portion of the state.
2014-15 Dove / Webless Migratory Birds and Early Season Waterfowl (Canada Geese, Dove, Rails, Woodcock, etc.) (PDF)
Webless Migratory Birds and Early Season Waterfowl – tri-fold brochure (PDF)
2014-15 Extended Falconry Seasons (PDF)
Additional Webless Migratory Game Bird Information – doves, woodcock, snipe and rails
Game Lands Dove fields
2011-12 Survey of Dove Hunters in North Carolina (PDF- 1.02 MB)
2011- 12 Harvest Survey of North Carolina Hunters (PDF 134 KB)
2010-11 Harvest Survey of North Carolina Hunters (PDF 102 KB)
Mourning Dove Status Report - 2010 (PDF - 1.31MB)
Mourning Dove National Harvest Plan (PDF - 1.20MB)
Priority Information Needs for Mourning Doves (PDF - 2.88MB)
Webless Migratory Game Bird Information – doves, woodcock, snipe and rails
Sandy Mush Game Land Birding Check List (PDF)