Split Dove Season to Open Sept. 1

Steve Hampton <shampton@...>

This will mean no access beyond the check station at YBWA (to the Least
Bittern area-- though they may be moving on soon anyway).

Steve Hampton
Resource Economist
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
California Dept of Fish and Game
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 323-4724 phone
(916) 324-8829 fax

DFG News 8/25/2009 4:09 PM >>>
California Department of Fish and Game News Release
August 25, 2009

Contact: Karen R. Fothergill, Game Bird Heritage Coordinator, (916)
Jesse Garcia, Upland Game Program, (916) 445-3709

Harry Morse, Office of Communications, (916)

Split Dove Season to Open Sept. 1

California’s split 2009 dove season will be open from Sept. 1-15, and
again from Nov. 14-Dec. 28, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG)

The season includes white-winged and mourning doves, for which the
combined bag limit is 10 birds and the possession limit is 20. Hunters
can also harvest Eurasian collared-doves, which are now common in some
parts of the state. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit for
this species.

There is no open hunting season on common ground-doves, ruddy
ground-doves and Inca doves.

Open or limited dove hunting opportunities are available in DFG-managed
wildlife areas and ecological reserves from Shasta Valley Wildlife Area
in the north to the Imperial Valley Wildlife Area in the south. Hunts
are conducted both on a reservation and non-reservation basis.
Information on these opportunities can be found at:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/ and

This year, numerous additional hunting sites will be made available in
the Niland area of the Imperial Valley, through the cooperative efforts
of DFG, Desert Wildlife Unlimited, the Imperial County Fish and Game
Commission, Quail Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the San Diego Chapter
of the Safari Club. More information on this program is available from
the Imperial Wildlife Area, (760) 359-0577.

Hunters must be in possession of a valid hunting license, an Upland
Game Bird Stamp and a free Harvest Information Program Stamp. Proper
safety precautions should be taken, including wearing shooting safety
glasses in the field. Hunters are required to leave a fully feathered
wing attached to doves when transporting them.

Each year an estimated 90,000 dove hunters take to the field in
California to harvest more than 1.5 million doves. The sale of the
required upland game bird stamps supports DFG’s Game Bird Heritage
Program, which provides funding annually to plant dove food crops on
state lands and on partnership private lands in the Imperial Valley.

The upland game bird regulations summary for 2009/10 can be found at:
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/09-10-upland-sum.html. Further
localized information is also available at regional offices throughout
the state.

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