DIY Dove Decoys

Increase your odds in bagging your limit while dove hunting by making these cheap, do-it-yourself decoys. Photo by © Jerry Neal/CPW.

Colorado’s dove season opens September 1. Hunters seeking every advantage in the field understand the benefit of using decoys to attract doves.  These DIY decoys are perfect for the budget-minded hunter. Simply print out some of the decoy images below, fold in half, glue to a piece of cardboard (we used thick file folders destined for the recycle bin) and cut out following the outline of the bird. For more protection we sprayed the assembled decoys with lacquer.

Decoy supplies.

Decoy supplies.

Photo by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW

Once in the field, attach the decoys to dead branches and fences using clothespins or binder clips. The 2013 season for mourning doves and white-winged doves runs through Nov. 9, 2013. The daily bag limit is 15 singly or in aggregate for either species with a possession limit of 30 of either species (check the current small-game brochure for season dates and bag/possession limits). The Eurasion-collared dove season is year-round with an unlimited daily bag and possession limit.

Download and print the three mourning dove and two Eurasian-collared dove images shown below. For mourning doves and white-winged doves, use these images:
Photos by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW

Mourning dove

Mourning dove

Mourning dove

For Eurasian-collared doves, use these images:
Photos by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW

Eurasian-collared dove

Eurasian-collared dove

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