The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission maintains areas primarily to attract mourning doves on many game lands across the state. These fields are typically seeded in millet, milo, sunflowers, sorghum, corn, or a mixture containing some or all of these crops. They 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 NCWRC 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.
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.
Dove Hunting Do's and Don'ts