How to Use Dove Decoys

From powerline rows to grain fields to gravel pits, dove hunting can take place in a variety of settings, with several different hunt styles. From hunters being alone tucked between round bales catching doves coming back to roost, to hunters taking part in giant spreads across grain or millet fields, every situation calls for different dove hunting gear. In particular, dove decoy use comes into question often. They are undoubtedly not needed to dove hunt in every situation, but they can certainly be an advantage in many. On certain setups, doves can leave you without opportunity flying high and just out of range on their way to food or cover, a problem dove decoys can and will fix!

Perhaps the most common situation/setup for most hunters is hunting doves in pairs or small groups, setting up with cover to their backs. The video from the Everyday Outdoorsmen below is a perfect example of that. Two hunters are setup over a pasture/old crop field with a powerline directly over them, a likely place for doves to spend the night. With power lines setting doves up out of range, the hunters here need decoys to bring them in close.

Dove Decoy Tips

If your hunting situation warrants bringing doves a little closer, keep these dove decoy tips in mind.


  • The right decoy – the Mojo dove decoys used in the video are perfect for catching the eyes of passing doves, mixed with some static decoys, they can add the perfect amount of realism.
  • Dove decoy pattern – no pattern is needed, but if you like to focus on the details setting decoys up close in pairs seems to make the most sense.
  • Dove decoy placement – make sure the decoys are placed so that they serve all hunters. If the doves are coming from one direction like the case of this video right to left, setting the decoys far left brings doves across both hunters, offering plenty of shot opportunities.