Dove Hunting Guide

Gearing up for hunting season

- By Family Features

Big game and migratory bird hunting is a billiondol­lar industry that attracts millions of enthusiast­s across North America. According to Statistics Brain, 12.5 million people over the age of 16 hunt annually, and 220 million days are spent hunting each year.

Nature-based tourism and resident and nonresiden­t hunting is also big business in Canada. According to the Guide Outfitters Associatio­n of British Columbia, these industries generate $120 million and employ roughly 2,000 guide outfitters in this province alone.

Hunters provide a necessary service besides keeping game animal numbers within reason. They are the eyes and ears on the ground, and help inform wildlife management decisions. Hunting also generates benefits from hunter-supported organizati­ons like conservati­on groups, habitat enhancemen­t services and restoratio­n outfits.

Hunters require certain gear to ensure safe and productive trips. Here are some must-have items for any hunter’s packing list.

Hunting knife

No hunting expedition is complete without a quality knife, which is an invaluable tool. Knives come in different sizes. Many hunters carry a fixed blade knife to field dress a kill and for self-defense against larger animals. Every day carry knives, or EDCs, also are another sound investment. EDCs may be paired with other gadgets to form a handy multitool, which is vital in many different applicatio­ns.

Trail markers/ light strips

Hunters and outdoor enthusiast­s can mark their way to a hunting spot and see the path in the dark thanks to illuminate­d light strips. This helps avoid getting lost at dusk and dawn.

Hunting apparel

Hunting apparel includes coats, pants, waders, boots, hats, gloves, and much more. Depending on the game to be hunted, attire will be patterned in camouflage to blend into surroundin­gs or blaze orange to set hunters apart and make them more visible to fellow outdoorsme­n. Sales associates from popular outdoor equipment retailers can advise about appropriat­e attire. Considerat­ions to habitat and weather should be made.

Storage pack

Hunters require a lightweigh­t, accessible pack that provides easyto-reach storage. A variety of options are available, and there are even models that have a tree stand work shelf, rifle and bow mount, as well as a removable small items organizer.

Swiveling bi- or tripod

A small tripod can help hunters stay on moving game and remain steady for the shot. Pivoting or swiveling action keeps a hunter’s movement smooth and on target.


Every hunter can benefit from a good set of binoculars. High-quality binoculars will feature glare- and fogresista­nt lenses.

Investing in quality hunting equipment can make for a higher success rate and greater comfort while engaging in this popular hobby.

 ?? Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun ?? Rhett Stallworth (left), Joe Baumgartne­r (center) and David Russo fire away at dove flying past.
Photo by Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun Rhett Stallworth (left), Joe Baumgartne­r (center) and David Russo fire away at dove flying past.

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