Dove hunting season to kick off this weekend

Dove hunting season to kick off this weekend

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AUSTIN, Texas -

(Press Release) 

While most Texans are sweltering under a brutal August heat wave, savvy dove hunters will gladly suffer along
providing conditions don’t change before the Sept. 1 season opener.

A hot, dry landscape heading into the season can concentrate dove around feeding and watering areas, making for
excellent hunting, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In addition to prime
conditions heading into the opener, dove populations have thrived this year thanks to the amount and timing of spring
rains across most of the state that kicked habitat into high gear for dove breeding season.

Here are a few things to remember if you live in Lubbock:

  1. Sept 1st is the first legal day for hunting dove in our area. Sept 1st falls on a Sunday this year. Hunters are encouraged to be mindful and not hunt early on Saturday.
  2. Starting Sept 1stHunters can use a digital image of their license as proof-of-license for any hunting that does not require a tag, like dove hunting. (Note: Hunters must still carry their driver license) Accepted formats include:
    1. (1) a digital photo
    2. (2) an emailed receipt
    3. (3) within the Outdoor Annual app or the My Texas Hunt Harvest app
    4. (4) online purchase record.

The regular dove season in the North Zone runs Sept. 1-Nov. 12 and resumes Dec. 20-Jan.5, 2020. The regular season in the Central Zone is Sept. 1-Nov. 3, then resumes Dec. 20-Jan.14, 2020. The regular season in the South Zone is Sept. 14-Nov. 3 and Dec. 20-Jan. 23, 2020. The Special White-Winged Dove Days in the South Zone are Sept. 1-2 and 7-8. Texas hunters should note the Sunday start to the season in the North and Central Zones, as well as for the Special
White-Winged Dove Days this year due to calendar shift, but, hopefully hunters will be able to take advantage of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2, too. South Zone hunters should also be sure to double-check their calendars this year for what is an unfamiliar Saturday start also due to calendar shift and federal restrictions on opening dates that prohibit starting the South Zone season prior to Sept. 14.

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