Dove hunting season starts Saturday

      {}Dove season starts Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Alabama. {}It's the unofficial kick off to the dove season for the mourning and the white-winged dove. {}According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the mourning dove is the most hunted migratory game bird in North America."Of course, the Black Belt region of Alabama offers some of the best dove hunting anywhere," says Pam Swanner, project manager for the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association, which promotes hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation in the region. "Whether your hunting takes you to public lands, farmland or one of the 19 lodges that offer dove hunting, the Black Belt has it."The Association says Alabama's dove season is one of the longest in the nation.
      • For most of the state (the North Zone, which includes all but one county of the Black Belt, Barbour), the season runs Sept. 6 through Nov. 9, and then Dec. 7 through Dec. 31.{}
      • For 10 counties in the southern part of the state (the South Zone), dove season starts and runs later: Sept. 20 through Sept. 28, Oct. 11 through Oct. 26, and Nov. 12 through Jan. 15.
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