Hunters seeking every advantage in the field understand the benefit of using decoys to attract doves. These do-it-yourself (DIY) dove decoys are perfect for the budget-minded hunter. Simply print out the decoy images below, fold in half, glue to a piece of cardboard (tip: we used thick file folders destined for the recycle bin) and cut out following the outline of the bird. For additional protection, we spray the assembled decoys with lacquer.
Once in the field, attach the decoys to dead branches and fences using clothespins or binder clips. Check the Colorado Small-Game brochures for season dates and fees. Be sure to 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:
Mourning Dove Decoys
Eurasian-collared Dove Decoys
Wayne D. Lewis is the editor and art director of Colorado Outdoors magazine.