Sun sets on early dove season Thursday, Sept. 15

Photo Credit: AZGF

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

PHOENIX — Arizona’s dove hunters still have time to get out in the field before the 15-day season ends at legal sunset Thursday, Sept. 15. 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds hunters to review the “2022-2023 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations” brochure, which is posted at The printed version is available at all department offices and more than 200 license dealers statewide. 

All hunters 18 and older must be in possession of a valid Arizona hunting license and migratory bird stamp while in the field. Visit to purchase a combination hunt and fish license ($57 for residents) that will be valid for the next 365 days, as well as a migratory bird stamp ($5).
Youth hunters (10 to 17) only need a youth combination hunt and fish license for $5. Those who are under 10 do not need a hunting license when accompanied by a licensed adult (two children per adult).

Dove hunters play an important role in conservation. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) funds are comprised of excise taxes collected on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment (including 11 percent on ammunition), the benefit of which comes right back to Arizona for habitat improvements, construction and maintenance of shooting ranges, boating access facilities and more. 

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