Ranch Style Wild Dove Appetizers

Recipe for: Ranch Style Wild Dove Meat Appetizers

From the Kitchen of: Connie Grieb Willems

Servings: 2 dove portions per person as an appetizer


  • Dove meat – enough meat pieces to fit evenly in your pan
  • Flour
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Toothpicks
  • Bacon-1/2 strip per dove
  • Olive oil to cover pan bottom

Mix flour, salt and pepper together. Roll dove meat in the flour mixture and then wrap dove with bacon. Secure bacon with a toothpick. Heat oil and then reduce heat to medium high. Cover the pan to keep the moisture in. Cook until dove meat is tender – about 6 minutes on each side. Remove dove meat to a warm platter and serve with steaming rice.

Special Memories:  Dove season and calving season are at the same time (Fall for the Central Coast), so friends with their hunting license can hunt dove as they help check for new calves or pump water.

Here’s a guide for responsible hunting of Dove: The first column is the type of dove in California, then the hunting season followed by the limit.

Mourning Dove and White-winged Dove Statewide Sep 1 – 15 &
Nov 11 – Dec 25
15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged doves Triple the daily bag
Spotted Dove, and Ringed Turtle Dove No limit
Eurasian Collared-dove All Year No limit

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