WV Dove Season 2023

WV Dove Season 2023

September 1st marks the beginning of the WV Dove Season for 2023. For the next five weeks West Virginia dove hunters can take their bird dogs out into the fields after mourning dove. The first portion of the West Virginia dove season ends on October 8, starting again later in the month.


WV Dove Season 2023
A successful day dove hunting in West Virginia

Looking for a place to hunt mourning dove in West Virginia? One of our favorite places to fish, hike or hunt in WV is prime dove hunting grounds. If you live in the northern half of the state, Bear Rock Lakes WMA near Wheeling, WV is your destination for the 2023 WV dove season.


Bear Rock Lakes WMA is a 242 acre piece of West Virginia public land in Ohio County. The open fields are typically planted with millet. This early season crop makes terrific habitat for game birds. Grab your shotgun and your bird dog and head out for one of the three West Virginia dove seasons in 2023.

Bear Rock Lakes WMA

Dates For WV Dove Season 2023

September 1 to October 8
October 30 to November 12
December 18 to January 24

Hunters are reminded to report harvested banded birds online at reportband.gov. For more information about West Virginia’s migratory game bird seasons, hunters should consult the 2023-24 West Virginia Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations summary at W.Va. DNR district offices and WVdnr.gov/hunting-regulations.

Check our our full list of West Virginia Hunting Seasons so you always know what is in season in WV.

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