Wildlife - Species
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.
Rock Dove, Rock Pigeon or Common Pigeon (Columba livia)
- 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
Length: 12-14 inches; approximate weight is between 4 to 6 ounces.
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
Doves of South Carolina - Identification and Status. (Adobe PDF) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. Columbia, South Carolina
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For more information, please see:
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 734-3886
Fax: (803) 734-6020