5 tips for hunting game birds

Posted By on August 9, 2013

by Nevada Division of Wildlife

While Nevada is well known for the quality of its big game, the state also boasts some excellent game bird hunting opportunities. Hunters can pursue Blue Grouse (Dusky and Sooty) and Ruffed Grouse; Mourning and White-winged Dove; and Himalayan Snowcock beginning September 1. Take the challenge of bird hunting and purchase your Upland Game Stamp here. NDOW

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has a few tips before heading into the field to hunt, as  these tricky game birds require some preparation.

  • A good, sturdy pair of broken-in boots is recommended when hunting upland game. These will protect your feet while walking or hiking in rugged terrain. Bad feet equal a bad hunt.
  • For upland game birds the firearm of choice is a 12, 16, 20 or 28 gauge shotgun with a modified choke.
  • When hunting dove, shotguns must be plugged to limit overall shotshell capacity to 3.
  • Don’t forget water for you and for your dog if you’re hunting with one. The nose of a dehydrated dog tends to lose its ability to smell the small amount of scent an upland game bird leaves behind in an arid environment.
  • If you’re hunting on state Wildlife Management Areas and National Wildlife Refuges, non-toxic shot is required.

Remember, an upland game bird stamp is required for anyone age 12 or older, to hunt upland game birds, except turkey and crow. The $10 stamp is available at NDOW offices, authorized license agents statewide and online. Funds from the stamp sales are used to support guzzler maintenance and habitat work that benefits upland game bird species.

To hunt dove any person 12 and over is required to obtain a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number annually by calling 1-866-703-4605 or online.