Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:09:14 AM by
Dove hunting season is around the corner and my husband will surely be waking up early to bag some birds to eat. I personally do not like the taste of dove, but my husband and oldest son will eat it. Yuck!
Arizona Game and Fish Department stated dove hunters will have access from sunrise to sunset Sept. 1-15 to about a million more acres of open unihabited lands within municipal boudaries. Daily dove bag limits are any combination of 10 mourning and white-wing doves.
“This is a great opportunity for families to hunt closer to home and for youth especially to connect with nature,” stated Jim Paxon, chief public information officer for Game and Fish, in a press release.
In 2011, State Sen. Frank Antenori, District 10 (Tucson), sponsored SB 1334 that the Legislature passed giving the Arizona Game and Fish Commission authority over regulating the use of firearms for the take of wildlife within municipal boundaries. According to the press release, last year in light of the new law, the commission established the areas open to hunting, which have stayed the same again this year. The department has continued to work closely with municipal governments and police departments in coordination for safe hunting in the established areas.
Game and Fish law enforcement officers cautioned these changes do not allow hunting in developed communities or neighborhoods – it is still unlawful per state law to discharge a firearm while hunting within ¼-mile of an occupied building, or to trespass on posted private lands. Shooting from, across or into a road or railway is also still prohibited by state law, according to the press release.
So those of you who have friends and family who like to hunt, now is a good time to buy rifle ammunition as presents. My husband's birthday is this week so I wonder what I will be buying him.