Dove sea­son opens Sept. 1

Daily limit set at 12 birds per hunter

The Covington News - - AGRICULTURE & OUTDOORS -

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. go­hunt­ge­or­ .

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.go­hunt­ge­or­ .

• 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.go­hunt­ge­or­ .

• 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.go­hunt­ge­or­ or call a WRD Game Man­age­ment Of­fice.

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