Dove hunting season opens Monday
Dove hunting season opens Monday in
North Carolina, and the Wildlife Resources
Commission is urging hunters to be safe
during the season.
Shooting hours are
half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the
entire season, including opening day. The
season for mourning and white-winged dove is
Sept. 1 through Oct. 11, and Nov. 27 through
Jan. 15, 2015. Daily bag limit is 15 and
possession limit is 45.
is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,"
said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules
biologist. "Although many hunters prefer the
season to open the Saturday prior to Labor
Day, federal guidelines do not allow states
to open migratory game bird seasons prior to
Sept. 1. Rather than wait until Sept. 6,
which is the first Saturday after Labor Day,
the Wildlife Commission went with the
earliest possible date allowed by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service."
Commission's Home From The Hunt campaign
encourages hunters to be safe and
responsible in the field, with the following
When hunting in a
group, adhere to established zones of fire.
Never shoot at low-flying birds and
alert others when a bird is too low for a
Take time prior to
hunting to walk the field and inspect the
area for bait.
Never place decoys on
utility lines, which is trespassing and
risks electrical shock.
combine game bags, which is a hunting
must follow applicable licensing
requirements and hunting regulations. It is
an individual hunter's responsibility to
know the area being hunted. Don't hunt over
baited fields. According to state
regulations, the placing, exposing,
depositing, distributing or scattering of
salt, grain or other feed that could serve
as a lure for migratory game can constitute
a baited area. Because birds often return to
a feeding area even after the food source is
exhausted, hunting within 10 days after
complete disappearance of feed from a baited
area is illegal.
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