Getting close to Dove season here for you that wing-hunt here in Arizona. I hadn't realized it had been so long since they eliminated the afternoon hunt in the first season. Although we never had a problem getting our fill in the mornings, it used to be fun to get in some shooting after work mid-week.
I guess the number of Dove hunters is down, and the bird populations abundant. So grab your kids and get them out there... pass it down!
Press release from the Game and Fish department below...
PHOENIX – It’s a blast from the past – for the first time in two decades, all-day dove hunting is returning to Arizona starting Sept. 1 for the early season, which ends Sept. 15.
You can read all about it in the “Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations 2010-11” that have been distributed to license dealers statewide and are also available online at www.azgfd.gov.
“The half-day dove hunting restrictions were implemented in 1989 in response to declining numbers of both mourning doves and white-winged doves,” said Mike Rabe, small game program supervisor.
Since that time, explained Rabe, dove hunting participation has declined and places to hunt doves near urban centers have also declined.
“As a result, Arizona dove hunters must travel farther to hunt doves and few hunters participate,” Rabe said.
In addition, recent data indicates current harvest rates are low and dove are abundant.
Read more here~