2017 Dove sea­son opens with a bang in Caro­line County

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RIDGELY — Open­ing sea­son for mourn­ing dove hunt­ing be­gan Fri­day, Sept. 1, and few fam­i­lies know that bet­ter than the Trib­betts of Caro­line County. Each year, the fam­ily hosts peo­ple from all around look­ing to get their limit on the tiny bird.

Dave Trib­bett Jr. be­gins plant­ing a sun­flower field in May of each year, on his Twin Maples Farm in Ridgely. Come the end of Au­gust, af­ter the bright yel­low blooms have all dried, he bush hogs them down to cre­ate a meal set for hun­dreds of dove.

He said this year he had 50 peo­ple reg­is­ter for open­ing day and that they took close to 500 birds.

“Sev­eral of those hun­ters came from New Jersey, North Carolina, and Penn­syl­va­nia just to hunt for the day,” Trib­bett said. “One guy flew into to Ridgely air­port, rode over to the farm and flew back home that evening.”

Trib­bett said a lot of his hun­ters have been com­ing to his farm for years for the event and he said for him it is a fam­ily af­fair.

“A lot of guys brought their kids with them and my girls help me to take care of the guys ev­ery year,” Trib­bett said. “My girls work hard run­ning out wa­ter to the guys or any­thing else they may need.”

He said in ad­di­tion to be­ing great helpers, his girls, Tay­lor, 12, Calleigh, 11, and Cam­dyn, 7, also take part in the sport each year.

“I am so proud of my girls,” Trib­bett said. “They are not afraid to do any­thing a man can do and they hang right with me and th­ese girls can shoot just as good as any of the boys.”

On Mon­day, Sept. 4, as ev­ery­one was en­joy­ing a La­bor Day bar­be­cue be­fore head­ing back to school the next day, the Trib­betts were host­ing a youth hunt day.

“It is all about the kids. It is a re­ally neat thing and it’s a good time for ev­ery­body,” Trib­bett said.

Mourn­ing dove sea­son is part of the early mi­gra­tory game bird hunt­ing sea­son and is con­sid­ered a split sea­son with the first sea­son run­ning from Fri­day, Sept. 1, through Satur­day, Oct. 14. It will re­open again on Thurs­day, Oct. 26 through Satur­day, Nov. 18. The third sea­son runs from Satur­day, Dec. 16 through Satur­day Jan. 6.

Other early mi­gra­tory game bird sea­son in­cludes wood­cock that runs from Fri­day, Oct. 27, through Fri­day, Nov. 24, and again on Fri­day, Jan. 12, through Satur­day, Jan. 27.

The early res­i­dent Canada goose sea­son also be­gan Fri­day, Sept. 1, and ends Fri­day, Sept. 15, for the East­ern Zone.

The Septem­ber teal sea­son will run from Tues­day, Sept. 16, through Satur­day, Sept. 30.

Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral re­sources re­leased the sea­son dates in a press re­lease dated Fri­day, Aug. 28.

“Th­ese sea­sons mark the tra­di­tional start of hunt­ing ac­tiv­ity in Mary­land,” Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Paul Peditto said. “We wish all hun­ters a safe and suc­cess­ful year.”

For bag lim­its and other hunt­ing re­stric­tions, visit the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources at www.dnr.mary­land.gov.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Above, Dave and Tay­lor Trib­bett of Ridgely pose for a pic­ture fol­low­ing the mourn­ing dove hunt on Mon­day, Sept. 4.

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