Find a tree line or ditch and some shade for concealment and comfort. I also recommend taking some spinning wing dove decoys. They can be deadly.
Make sure to know the game regulations. A HIP (Harvest Information Program) permit and a state hunting license are required, unless you are hunting on Sept. 7 and 8, which are the free hunting days in the state.
If hunting on private land, be sure to get permission from the landowner. Written permission is preferable. Don't hunt over baited areas.
The daily bag limit is 15 doves (mourning dove and white-winged doves combined). Eurasian collared doves do not count against the daily limit as long as the game warden can tell it is a Eurasian. A fully dressed Eurasian collared dove will count against the limit.
Most Eurasian collared doves hang around suburban areas and farm houses. White-winged doves are most prevalent in southwest Oklahoma, but Richardson said the Wildlife Department is getting more reports of them in other areas of the state.
If you are looking for a recipe, Dan Wood of Edmond shared the following one with me: Peel out the dove breasts and filet into bite-sized pieces. Put on a toothpick with sliced jalapeno and water chestnuts, then wrap in bacon. Grill while basting with a mixture of soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.
“Doesn't get much better,” Wood said. “We sometimes even take a small charcoal grill on our hunts and take turns cleaning and cooking doves while the others shoot.”
Now I'm hungry.
Oklahoma's Dove Season
When: Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 and then Dec. 21-29
Daily Limit: 15 doves, which include a combination of mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared doves. However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared doves provided the head and one fully feathered wing remain attached to the carcass.