The traditional start of the fall hunting seasons is just around the corner now as the Missouri dove season opens on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Even though it may be uncomfortably warm, the vegetation is mostly still green and I may have to swat a few mosquitoes, I’m still excited that the dove season has almost arrived. Once Missouri bird hunters get started with doves, additional opportunities will come quickly for teal (Sept. 12), fall turkey (Oct. 1), American woodcock (Oct. 15), and quail and pheasant (Nov. 1). Beginning with the dove opener, upland bird hunters will have some season open through Jan. 15, 2010. That’s four and a half months of opportunity to enjoy Missouri bird hunting, and it all starts next week.
If you are a dove hunter, here are some things that you have one week left to do:
Missouri dove hunting regulations and information can be found in the 2009 Migratory Bird Hunting Digest. Note: This year’s daily limit is 15 doves, up from the 12-bird limit of recent years.
Remember safety above all else; dove fields can be crowded with hunters, especially on opening day. No bird is worth harming another hunter by taking an unsafe shot. If you don’t wear glasses normally, you should wear safety glasses while hunting. Be an ethical hunter, and don’t crowd into a field already full of hunters. Pick up and carry out your spent shotshells.