Dove Field Planting Guidelines Established by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Mourning doves are migratory birds and are part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting that all hunters must follow.
1. Winter wheat can be top-sown from August 1 - November 30 statewide.
2. Up to 200 pounds of wheat can be top-sown per acre.
3. Doves can be hunted over top-sown wheat when planted for:
- Wildlife food plot
- Cover crop
- Agricultural crop
- Supplemental livestock grazing
Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Website for additional information regarding the legalities of dove hunting and preparing a dove field.