Wildlife - Species


Common Pigeon

Species Specific Regulations

Doves - Pigeon

Licenses: Hunting License required. Migratory Bird Hunting and Seasons set annually.

Limits: Unprotected - May be harvested along with mourning doves and white-winged doves, but does not count in daily bag limit.

Complete hunting regulations.

Rock Dove, Rock Pigeon or Common Pigeon (Columba livia)

Description

  • Color variable; most are bluish-gray with black bands on wings and a black tip to the tail
  • Wings broad but pointed
  • Gray-black bill

Average Size

Length: 12-14 inches; approximate weight is between 4 to 6 ounces.

Preferred Habitat
Their range is statewide – common in cities, towns, around grain bins and cattle feed lots. Feeds on grass seed and waste grain.

 

 

Publications and Literature

Field Planting Guide

Doves of South Carolina - Identification and Status. (Adobe PDF) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Columbia, South Carolina

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Hunting Information

For more information, please see:


Billy Dukes - Small Game Project Supervisor

SCDNR
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 734-3886
Fax: (803) 734-6020

E-mail: dukesb@dnr.sc.gov