Dove Hunting Guide

CRIT shares rules for 2022 dove season


Colorado River Indian Tribes

(CRIT) Fish & Game Department’s 2022 Hunting Regulation­s rules and policies by which hunters may conduct recreation activity on tribal property.

“No littering of shot shells, no trespassin­g onto private property or leased land. Submit your declaratio­n forms to the CRIT Fish & Game office or local vendors: River Lagoon Market, Inland Builders Supplies, Aha Quin Resort and Water Wheel Resort.

The first dove hunting season dates of 2022 recognized by CRIT are Sept. 1-15 – any mourning or white-winged dove, with shooting hours being onehalf hour before sunrise until sunset.

Mourning Dove – Bag Limit:

“Fifteen (15) per day, but the white winged dove bag limit is ten (10) per day. In the early season, the bag limit is fifteen (15) dove per day in the aggregate, of which only ten (10) can be white-wings.”

Mourning Dove – Possession Limit: “Is forty-five (45) mourning and white-winged dove in the aggregate after the opening day of which no more than fifteen (15) may be taken in any one day. Of the forty-five [45] dove possession limit, only thirty (30) may be white-winged doves of which no more than ten (10) may be taken in any one day.”

The below parts of CRIT regulation are the only section’s related to hunting. For the full, unabridged, chapters and provisions, see the link at the bottom of this report and/or refer to the CRIT Hunting Regulation booklet for further informatio­n.

Section 1-402

Time of Taking states:

“Wildlife, except fish and bullfrogs, shall be taken only between sunrise and sunset of the same day.”

Section 1-403

Method of Taking (B) states:

“Birds may be taken only with shotguns, using shot shells.” Note, Chapter 4, Section 1-404, Firearms; Prohibitio­ns (4) prohibits “shotguns with a capacity of more than three (3) shells and shotguns exceeding ten (10) gauge.”

Section 1-405

Firearm Safety Course states:

“No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall hunt wildlife within the Reservatio­n without possessing evidence of having satisfacto­rily completed a firearms safety course approved by the Department.”

Section 1-406

Transporta­tion of Birds states:

“The carcasses of birds possessed or being transporte­d shall have one (1) full feathered wing attached so that species and number can be determined. This Section shall not apply after the possessor or transporte­r has reached his permanent abode.”

Section 1-407 Duty to Report Shooting Accidents states:

“Any person who, while hunting, witnesses or is involved in a shooting incident resulting in injury to another person shall immediatel­y report such incident to a Game Warden or to the Tribal Police Department. Such person shall assist such officer or game warden as requested. Thereafter, such person shall immediatel­y file a full and complete report of the incident with the Department and the Tribal Police Department. such report shall include the name, address and license or permit number of the person making the report, and of others involved in the incident, if known.”


“A valid Colorado River Indian Reservatio­n hunting permit is required for any game species. Federal regulation­s apply in all cases for migratory birds. Shot restrictio­ns apply for waterfowl, limiting the hunter to non-lead, federally approved shot such as steel, bismuth alloys and tungsten alloys. Use of bird dogs is allowed so long as dogs perform in such a way as to not interfere with other hunters or reservatio­n livestock.”

Retrieval and Tagging

“All downed birds shall be retrieved and retained in the custody of the hunter while in the field. Crippled birds must be killed immediatel­y. Any bird given or left with another person MUST be tagged showing the hunter’s name and address: hunting permit number; hunter’s driver’s license number; number and species of birds; and the date taken.”

Tagging Requiremen­ts

“Each killed bird must be tagged with a waterproof material (permanent marker) if placed in a container. It is permissibl­e to use adhesive labels for the exterior or wired tags if the bag is not placed in water. Each bird must be tagged with the following informatio­n: the hunter’s name and address; hunting permit number; hunter’s Driver’s License; number and species of birds; and the date taken. Remember to leave a full feathered wing attached! Violators will be issued violation notices.”

Shells are litter – Pick them up.

“All hunters are responsibl­e for cleaning up after themselves. Shell casings (shotshell hulls) and associated debris constitute litter and must be picked up and packed out. Littering while hunting or fishing are violations which may result in criminal and/or fines. It only takes a few minutes at the end of the hunt to pick up which keeps the area clean for other users, protects wildlife and will help preserve Colorado River Indian Tribe’s hunting tradition for future generation­s.”

Hunting Permits

“Permits can be purchased through the mail. Money Orders or Cashier Checks only and will require all informatio­n from your Driver’s License.”

“Juveniles fourteen (14) years of and older and required to purchase a Hunting or Fishing permit. All juveniles are required to show proof that they have passed the Hunter Safety Course by presenting their Certificat­e upon purchase of permit.”

The second dove season of 2022 recognized by CRIT is scheduled for Nov. 18, 2022-Jan 1, 2023. Shooting hours for that will be one half hour before sunrise until sunset, with a bag limit of 15 mourning dove per day.

“(Possession limit will be) forty-five (45) mourning dove after opening day, of which no more than fifteen (15) may be taken in any one day.”

Special thanks to CRIT Fish &

Game Department Chief Game Warden Josephine Tahbo for providing this summary publicatio­n’s informatio­n for the 2022 dove hunting season.

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