For those of us that are over 40, this year's dove hunt is going to remind us about some of the dove hunts we enjoyed in the past. You know, the "good old days!"
The season opens on Sept. 1, and for the first time in many, many years, hunters will be allowed to take 10 white-winged doves. In the past, only six of these larger birds could be taken by hunters as part of their daily 10 bird limit.
Other changes include the opening of hunting being allowed within open undeveloped lands within municipalities.
While this applies mostly to annexed lands around Phoenix, some lands around Kingman could also be affected.
Another change is that doves can be hunted all day. Gone are the half-day hunts that locals used to have to deal with along the Colorado River. Statewise, doves can now be hunted from a half hour before sunrise, to sunset.
Before going into the field, hunters need a valid Arizona hunting license, plus an Arizona migratory bird stamp, or HIP stamp as they are called. These can be obtained at local license dealers or at the Region III office.
The dove season is open until Sept. 15, and hunters are reminded that the possession limit of doves after opening day is 20 birds.
To obtain the latest regulations on dove hunting in Arizona, go to www.azgfd.gov/dove or pick up printed regulations at license dealers or at the local G&F office.