Nevada bird hunters wait all year for the season to begin.  This Thursday, September 1st marks the beginning of Nevada upland game and migratory bird seasons, with the opening  Blue Grouse, Rough Grouse and Dove hunting.

For a start, know that the blue grouse prefer forested, aspen habitat.  Consider making a trip to the Carson or Toyabe ranges and look for conifer tree species such as white fir or timber pine.  Aspen groves are also known as prime blue grouse habitat.  Be prepared for a strenuous hunt, you will be walking through tougher wooded terrain.

For dove, be sure to look for wet habitat, possibly near agricultural areas.  Get out there soon, as dove are known for moving on as soon as the weather gets colder.  Even though there is no limit on dove, keep in mind that they are a migratory species, so the regulations differ from the upland game bird species.

For reference to the upland game and migratory regulations access NDOW’s website at