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August 24, 2009   Email to Friend 

ALABAMA DOVE SEASON DATES FINALIZED
David Hayden
(334) 242-3469
August 24, 2009

The mourning dove is an abundant game bird in Alabama, and is pursued by thousands of hunters.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have finalized 2009 dove seasons for the north and south zones of the state with the first day of hunting in the north zone on Sept. 5 and the first day of hunting in the south zone on Oct. 3. Both zones will hunt under a 70-day split season with a 15-a-day bag limit.

The south zone includes Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Mobile counties. The remaining counties are in the north zone.

The season dates are:

NORTH ZONE: (15-a-day -- 15 in Possession)

Sept. 5 -- Noon until sunset (afternoon shooting only)

Sept. 6-Oct. 4 -- Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (all day)

Oct. 24-Nov. 7 -- Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (all day)

Dec. 12-Jan. 5, 2010 -- Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (all day)

SOUTH ZONE: (15-a-day -- 15 in Possession)

Oct. 3 -- Noon until sunset (afternoon shooting only)

Nov. 26-29 -- Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (all day)

Nov. 26-29 -- Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (all day)

Dec. 5-Jan. 9, 2010 -- Half-hour before sunrise until sunset (all day)

The mourning dove is the most abundant game bird in Alabama and is pursued by thousands of hunters. "Dove hunting is a great way to introduce new hunters, especially youth, to hunting," said Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Corky Pugh. "Hunters don't have to be still and quiet and temperatures in the early season are not cold."

ADCNR reminds hunters to use all safety precautions, including not shooting low birds. In addition, all hunters are encouraged to wear eye and ear protection.

For further information on Alabama hunting seasons, go to www.OutdoorAlabama.com.




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