Brought to you by the Arizona Game and Fish Department Region IV offices and our Yuma Community Partners.
Photo courtesy of George Andrejko AZGFD
The 2016-2017 Dove Hunting Season kicks off on Thursday September 1st at 1/2 hour before sunrise and runs through Thursday September 15th at sunset. 2016-2017 legal season dates:
Who's ready for a Dove Cook-off?
For more information please visit the main Dove Cook-Off tab HERE.
Renew your license or purchase your migratory bird stamp at the Yuma Regional office (mention you saw it on this website) and you will receive a free "I hunt Yuma" bumper sticker.
(Video) Yuma: A Dove Hunter's Paradise
The Arizona Game and Fish Department's 2014 Yuma Dove Hunting video is now available on YouTube. View it HERE.
Recent law changes will increase dove hunting access compared to recent years. Now, approximately 1 million acres of open, undeveloped, uninhabited desert areas within city limits are now open to dove hunting.
For more information about legal hunting areas please visit our "Where to Hunt" tab on the left.
If anyone observes any laws being violated, they should contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 352-0700, or the local law enforcement agency immediately.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Effective in August 2012, the Arizona Game and Fish Department updated the definition of an Arizona resident for the purposes of obtaining resident hunting and fishing licenses.
Per ARS 17-101.A16 the new definition of Resident for the purposes of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp, means a person who is: (a) A member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty and stationed in: (i) This state for a period of thirty days immediately preceding the date of applying for a license, permit tag or stamp. (ii) Another state or county but who lists this state as their home of record at the time of applying for a license, permit, tag or stamp. (b) Domiciled in this state for six months immediately preceding the date of applying for a license, permit tag or stamp and WHO DOES NOT CLAIM RESIDENCY PRIVILEGES FOR ANY PURPOSE IN ANY OTHER STATE OR JURISDICTION.
It is important to note that a person can not be a resident of two states at the same time. Owning a property, having an Arizona Identification Card or Driver’s License may not be sufficient proof of residency. Factors that may be considered when determining residency include where you are registered to vote and where you file your personal state income tax return. Per ARS 17-341 it is unlawful for a person to knowingly purchase, apply for, accept, obtain or use, by fraud or misrepresentation a license, permit, tag or stamp to take wildlife and a license or permit so obtained is void and of no effect from the date of issuance thereof.
A conviction of ARS 17-341 may result in criminal sanctions, loss of privileges to obtain hunting and/or fishing licenses, and/or civil sanctions for any wildlife taken with an invalid license.
If you have any questions about your residency status please contact a Department law enforcement officer prior to obtaining a license.
Or visit an authorized license dealer in Yuma (listed in alphabetical order):
Tribal lands in the Yuma area require separate permits for hunting dove.
Permits for hunting on the Cocopah Reservation cost $60 and go on sale August 21st at the Cocopah Gift Shop located at the Cocopah Hotel and Casino and also at Sprague's Sports.
For more information please contact the Cocopah Adminstrative office at (928) 627-2102 and visit their website www.cocopah.com.
The Quechan Tribal Fish and Game Office can be reached at (760) 572-0544.
Shotgun shells are litter! Farmers in the Yuma area play host to 1000's of hunters every year, be respectful of their property and pick up your shells.
Plus, littering while hunting is a revocable violation and a conviction can result in the loss of hunting privileges for up to five years.
ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT
To conserve, enhance, and restore Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and habitats through aggressive protection and management programs, and to provide wildlife resources and safe watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation for the enjoyment, appreciation, and use by present and future generations.