IHEA-USA reminds hunters to be aware of their Safe Zones of Fire during the start of Dove Hunting Seasons across the country.
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- In many states dove hunting season is the ceremonial start to the fall hunting season. The hunt is time to gather family and friends to enjoy the challenge of taking doves on the wing. The excitement the first hunt of the year is also a great time to remind each other of the need for safe hunting practices.
Safe Zones of fire are key to a safe dove hunt- this is the area that a hunter can safely shoot without the chance of injuring another hunter or property. IHEA-USA and Hunter-ed.Com offer these tips!
- For safety purposes, it is best to hunt in groups of 3 or less
- Hunters should be spaced 24 to 40 yards apart. Each hunter has a safe zone of that spans roughly 45 degrees directly in front of each hunter
- If a dove flies behind the line of hunters it is best that the hunters do not fire
- NO hunter should ever point a firearm at another hunter when swinging on a dove
- Hunters should where hunter orange even if it is not required by law.
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Follow these simple rules and you will have a successful hunt even though you may not have any doves in your bag.
For those hunters that do bring home doves here is a great recipe for after the hunt!
JALAPENO DOVE POPPERS
- De-boned dove breasts
- 1 can jalapeno peppers
- Tub of cream cheese
- Pre-heat grill
- Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise. (Remove seeds and veins if you prefer less heat.)
- Slather cream cheese in the open cavity of each jalapeno. Top with a dove breast, wrap in half a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Repeat will all breasts.
- Grill peppers over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is crisp, turning once. Salt and pepper to taste.
The International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) – USA is the professional hunter education association affiliated with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the 50 state fish and hunter education programs. The programs employ 57,000 instructors, many of whom are volunteers, that teach hunting and shooting safety and responsibilities throughout the United States.
Hunter Education courses train and certify more than 700,000 students annually. Since 1949, almost 44 million students have completed hunter education courses that cover firearm safety, bowhunting, wildlife management, field care of game, responsible hunting, landowner relations, wildlife identification, and much more. www.ihea-usa.org