Dove Season is the unofficial start of the hunting season. You can see the excitement and anticipation on the face of every hunter, regardless of if they hunt dove or not. This is because dove season is the official count down to all the other types and species of hunting. If you do participate in dove hunting, you want to make sure that you have the right equipment and accessories to be both successful and legal.
There is only one way to describe dove hunting – FUN! Especial in Texas, dove hunting is a social gathering where hunters get together and have fun. People have cook-outs and bar-b-ques and might even conclude in a big party with music and dancing.
Dove are considered migratory game birds. Where it is legal to hunt, all native doves are state and federally protected. This means that you can be checked by state game wardens and federal game wardens. State regulations vary from state to state but the federal regulations regarding dove hunting are the same in every state. Be sure to check the laws in your specific state to make sure that you are in compliance.
Because they are migratory make sure that you comply with federal law. There are six primary areas of federal laws that relate to dove hunting. These are daily bag and possession limits, legal shotguns, hunting over a baited field, using live birds as decoys, hunting from a motorized vehicle, and using a motorized or sailing vehicle to rally birds. These federal laws are mirrored in the state you are in so there is uniformity between the state and the feds.
There is no such thing as a bad day hunting! As long as you do your research, know which birds are legal to hunt, and follow the hunting rules and regulations in your area, memories will be made to last a lifetime!