Dove season opens Sept. 1
Daily limit set at 12 birds per hunter
SOCIAL CIRCLE — Beginning at noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, hunters statewide can celebrate the season opener.
A highly social affair, dove season is traditionally seen as the kick-off to Georgia’s fall hunting season and serves as a great opportunity to introduce youth to the hunting tradition.
Before heading out to one of the state’s Wildlife Management Areas for opening day, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division reminds all hunters to review the important rules and regulations regarding dove hunting.
Doves are the number one migratory game bird harvested in the nation, and with good reason — dove hunts offer an abundance of action with lots of shooting in a family-friendly atmosphere. Many Georgians choose to tailgate and barbe- cue all afternoon, enjoying the time outdoors with family and friends.
The official 2007-2008 season runs Sept. 1-15, Oct. 6-15 and Nov. 22, 2007 –Jan. 5, 2008. Updated for 2007, the ‘Dove Hunting and Agricultural Practices in Georgia’ pamphlet is full of pertinent information for hunters and landowners alike and is now available at www. gohuntgeorgia.com .
Hunters should be sure to observe the following regulations when dove hunting:
• Sportsmen and women over the age of 16 must possess a Georgia hunting license and a free Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program Permit to hunt doves. Those hunting on a WMA also must possess a WMA license. Hunters may purchase licenses at over 1,000 license agents or on the Internet at www.gohuntgeorgia.com .
• Shooting hours are noon until sunset on opening day of first (Sept. 1) and second (Oct.7) seasons, and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season. The sunrise and sunset times for each day can be found on page 43 of the 2007-2008 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide or on the WRD Web site at www.gohuntgeorgia.com .
• The daily bag limit is 12 doves per hunter.
• Any autoloading or other repeating shotgun must be plugged to hold no more than three shotshells while hunting doves.
• Hunters are reminded to obtain permission from landowners before hunting on private property and should be sure to treat all land with respect; clean up spent shells, leave gates the way they were found and remove all trash.
For more information on dove hunting rules and regulations, public dove fields and conditions, or adult/child dove hunts, hunters should review the 20072008 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide, available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or call a WRD Game Management Office.