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Dove season set to begin

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YO! MP!! get your 870 out and come on down!!!

In southern hunting circles, there is nothing quite like the opening day of dove season.

For sportsmen, no other social occasion rivals the opening day of dove season. On Saturday morning, friends and family will congregate, sit their shotguns aside and enjoys a big lunch as they await the magical late-afternoon hours when the doves will be on the move. Although noon marks the beginning of legal shooing hours, the hottest time of the day will most likely be spent eating, socializing and shooting the bull.

As the sun gets a little lower and the birds start to fly, an estimated 70,000 hunters will gather up their weapons and shell vests, and then take up a position in a neighbor's corn field, around a patch of standing crops or along the edge of a tree-lined watering hole - spots that will, hopefully, ensure that they get plenty of shots as the doves fly in to feed. Enough hunters in a field ensures that the doves will be kept in the air and everyone will have a shot at bagging his or her limit.

As dusk appears, they count their quarry and spend the next hour either bragging or moaning. It's one of the South's oldest social traditions.

"That's the way it was when I was growing up and used to dove hunt a lot," said Lake City sportsman Dewey Weaver, a Columbia County commissioner. "But now there are very few public fields available and I don't even hunt doves anymore."

With too few public dove areas in Florida, most of the hunting is limited to private property. The more fortunate hunters have access to private farm lands and or own a piece of land big enough to hunt.

Still, interest in dove hunting remains high in this state. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials estimate that Florida sportsmen will bag about one million doves this fall. But that is only about 10 percent of the state's dove population, including both resident birds and those who migrate south.
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bagging doves are like squirrel hunting with a handgun...It's the sport...we spend more time laughing and having fun than anything. Doves have excellant eyesight and are quick as a whip, you have to be good to eat.

We put them in the crock pot with veggies and wild rice...mmmm!! :dthumb:
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