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.
Nevertheless, hunters can’t expect carte blanche access. The Game and Fish Commission has taken a conservative, thoughtful approach in its deployment of these shifted or modified authorities.
For instance, Game and Fish has closed hunting in a well-defined, densely populated, core area within Metro-Phoenix (see "Restrictions in Metro Areas" section below for map).
Even with these no hunting areas, the changes still maximizes hunting opportunity, while at the same time minimizing potential conflicts with urban communities.