Late sea­son dove hunt­ing un­der­way

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY MATT HARD­ING SPE­CIAL TO YUMA SUN

Ari­zona hunters can get their sec­ond shot at doves now through Jan. 6.

Un­like the 15-day sea­son that starts Sept. 1, the Ari­zona Game & Fish Depart­ment (AZGFD) per­mits a 45-day sea­son that started Nov. 23. A 15-bird daily bag limit — all of which must be mourn­ing doves — and a 45-bird limit re­mains in place for the sec­ond sea­son.

As al­ways, there are no lim­its for the in­va­sive Eurasian col­lared-dove, ac­cord­ing to AZGFD.

In-state res­i­dents can get a re­quired hunt­ing li­cense for $37. The fee is $5 for youth hunters ages 10 to 17, and chil­dren 9 and un­der do not need a li­cense when ac­com­pa­nied by a li­censed adult.

Adult hunters must also have an Ari­zona mi­gra­tory bird stamp at a cost of $5.

Some other rules to keep in mind: shoot­ing hours are 30 min­utes be­fore le­gal sun­rise un­til le­gal sun­set; one fully feath­ered wing must re­main at­tached to each har­vested dove un­til it reaches the hunter’s home; and dove hunters are re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing up shell cas­ings and other de­bris or could face fines and loss of hunt­ing priv­i­leges for up to five years.

Li­censes can be pur­chased on­line at www. azgfd.com/Li­cense or from any li­cense dealer (mainly sport­ing goods stores). They may also be pur­chased in per­son at an AZGFD lo­ca­tion, in­clud­ing the one in Yuma at 9140 E. 28th St.

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