Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Arizona dove hunters will be able to double their wing-shooting pleasure with the beginning of the state’s “second” season
Unlike the 15-day season that begins Sept. 1, the late season lasts 45 days and runs through Jan. 9, 2016. There still is a 15-bird daily bag limit, all of which must be mourning doves. The possession limit remains 45 mourning doves after opening day, of which no more than 15 may be taken in any one day. As always, there is an unlimited daily bag and possession limit for the invasive Eurasian collared-dove.
Here are a few things to remember to make the most of the season:
- A simplified license structure implemented in January 2014 includes a $5 license for youth hunters ages 10 to 17. Children 9 and under do not need a license when accompanied by a licensed adult (two children per adult). Licenses can be purchased from any license dealer, regional department office or online at http://azgfdportal.az.gov/license/. As a reminder, all department offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving. All department offices will reopen 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27.
- Hunters 18 and older must purchase an Arizona Migratory Bird Stamp for $5 from any license dealer, regional department office or online at http://azgfdportal.az.gov/license/.
- Shooting hours are 30 minutes before legal sunrise until legal sunset. On opening day in central Arizona, legal sunrise will be 7:10 a.m. Figure up to nine minutes earlier for eastern areas and nine minutes later for western areas.
- One fully feathered wing must remain attached to each harvested dove until it reaches the hunter’s home.
Keep in mind that dove hunters are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Shell casings (shotgun hulls) and associated debris constitute litter and must be picked up and packed out. Littering while hunting or fishing are revocable violations, and a conviction can result in the loss of hunting privileges for up to five years.
For everything “doves,” visit Arizona Game Commission Portal: Small Game: Dove
Dove hunters play an important role in conservation. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) funds are comprised of excise taxes collected on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment (including 11 percent on ammunition), the benefit of which comes right back to Arizona for habitat improvements, shooting ranges, boating access and more.
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