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Managed Dove Fields Ready for Opener


August 29, 2019

When mourning dove season opens Sept. 2, hunters can experience some fast-unfolding action at managed dove fields across the state.

Last year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission changed regulations to allow manipulating crops to attract doves to hunting spots, and the first few managed dove fields were established on state game lands as a result.

This year, Game Commission habitat crews have worked hard to provide nearly 400 acres of managed dove fields on 26 game lands throughout the Commonwealth.

You can learn the locations of these fields by visiting the Mourning Dove page at and using an interactive map, which plots the fields and provides details about what’s planted in each, as well as other important information. Click on the Manage Dove Field tab to access the map. Other information on the same page highlights dove biology, habitat and hunting strategies.

A video about managed dove fields can be viewed at the Game Commission’s YouTube channel.


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