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DNR reminds hunters dove season opens Sept. 7

CONYERS — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division is reminding hunters to be safe and responsible during dove hunting season, which begins Sept. 7.

Cpl. Eric Sanders said legal shooting hours on the opening day are from noon until sunset and for the remainder of the season, the hours are from a half hour before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is 15.

Sanders offered a list of tips for dove hunters to bear in mind:

• When hunting in a group, adhere to established zones of fire.

• Never shoot at low-flying birds and alert others when a bird is too low for a safe shot.

• Take time prior to hunting to walk the field and inspect the area for bait.

• Don’t combine game bags, which is a hunting regulations violation.

Sanders also stressed the importance for hunters to ensure their hunter education requirements are met prior to deer season.

“Taking a hunter education course is a part of the tradition of hunting in Georgia,” he said. “For the last 38 years hunters have been graduating from a course specifically designed towards educating hunters to be safe, knowledgeable and responsible.”

DNR offers the courses online, by CD and in the classroom in order to meet a variety of scheduling needs.

For more information on dove hunting and hunter education classes, call 770-535-5499 or visit gadnrle.com.