Dove Hunting Etiquette
Dove Hunting Season is Here
This weekend was Labor Day weekend. I awoke Saturday, September 1st to a familiar sound on September Saturdays in Texas. The sound of shotgun blasts. This can only mean that Dove Season is here!
Dove Hunting – Fun for the Whole Family
Dove hunting is and has always been one the most enjoyable ways to hunt in my opinion. A lot of the hard and fast rules of hunting do not apply with dove hunting. You can get away with a lot that you couldn’t when hunting, let’s say deer.
No camouflage? No problem! Want to hunt from a folding chair? Sure, why not!
The simplicity of it all makes dove hunting easy for men, women, and children. Even if you have never hunted before, you can be successful at dove hunting.
Dove Hunting Etiquette
Even though the hunting may be easy. There are still some general rules to follow to make your hunting experience that much better; not only for you but for your fellow hunters as well.
There are many guidelines, rules, and what we would consider etiquette, but we tried to keep it simple and narrowed our view down to these 3 important rules.
Know your Hunting Laws
The simplistic nature of dove hunting makes it attractive to anyone, especially those who have never hunted before. It is hard to go onto social media and not see someones photo with a tagline of “my first dove hunt” or the like. This is fantastic, but it can also mean trouble if the newbie does not know their states dove hunting laws.
Here in Texas the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has all of the information needed on their website. Everything from the dates of the season to daily bag limits. All of this basic information can save you from the hassles of a game warden visit and even hefty fines or worse, jail time!
Go to your state’s website and search for dove hunting to get to know all of your applicable laws and regulations.
Don’t Shoot other Hunters
Sounds pretty silly, but dove hunters are shot every year on accident by hunters in their own group! The number one way they are shot is when hunters are taking aim at low flying birds. The low flyers are shot at by inexperienced hunters and the low angle of the shot puts nearby hunters in danger.
To avoid this all together, dove hunters are encouraged to yell “Low Bird!” or “Low Flyers!” to alert the others in their group and to wait until the birds are at a safer distance and altitude.
Don’t Mess with Texas – Pick up your Trash
Just because you don’t live in Texas does not mean you should litter in your state. Pick up your spent shells and beer cans, or any other items you might have discarded. This goes for everyone, but especially those hunting on public land.
Even if it is not yours, you are picking trash up anyway, might as well grab someone else’s trash they left behind. It is just the right thing to do.
After all, we want to be able to hunt these grounds year after year. Keep it clean and environmentally friendly for yourself and other hunters for years to come.
Does that sound simple enough? Too good to be true? It’s not. Follow these simple guidelines each time you go dove hunting and you can be certain a good time will be had by all!
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