New York Dove Hunting's mission is to inform policy makers about dove hunting, build political support for dove hunting, engage & organize NY's hunting community and encourage ethical hunting attitudes and behaviors.
Nationally, dove hunting is seen as important to the future of hunting because it is an easy sport to pick up, individuals with limited physical skills can participate even late into life, novices do not need expensive equipment and there is an easy learning curve. A bonus is that the September to early November season would offer good weather.
Mourning doves are the only game bird found in all of the lower 48 states and are a resident of every county in New York.
Total harvest of mourning doves is only a small percentage of the population.
The 1916 Migratory Bird Treaty between the United States and Great Britain (representing Canada) and the accompanying 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act gives the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service overall responsibility for managing migratory birds (including mourning doves) within the United States.
Authority and responsibility for management of mourning doves in the United States is vested in the Secretary of the Interior. This responsibility is conferred by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 which, as amended, implements migratory bird treaties between the United States and other countries. Mourning doves are included in the treaties with Great Britain (for Canada) and Mexico (U.S. Department of the Interior 2013). These treaties recognize sport hunting as a legitimate use of a renewable migratory bird resource.
The Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation Executive Order 13443 of August 16, 2007 directs the Department of the Interior and its component agencies, bureaus and offices “to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game species and their habitat.” Federal agencies shall work in coordination with the Sporting Conservation Council Federal Advisory Committee, State and Tribal Fish and Wildlife agencies and the public to achieve this goal. Agencies are required to consider the effect their actions have on hunting participation, consider the economic and recreational values of hunting, and manage wildlife and wildlife habitats on public lands in ways that will enhance hunting opportunities to the public. In addition, Federal agencies shall work with State and Tribal governments to establish goals to manage and conserve wildlife and their habitats to ensure healthy and productive populations, and in a manner that respects private property rights and provides opportunities for individuals to hunt those species.
Currently New York, New Hampshire, Alaska, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Michigan do not allow dove hunting.