The mourning dove is one of the nation’s most heavily hunted birds and is pursued from coast to coast.

With the Sept. 1 opener of the 2021 dove season only days away, wing shooting enthusiasts from across the state are anxiously gathering their gear, doing a little last-minute scouting and practicing on clays in preparation for the opportunity to pursue this winged acrobat of the skies.

Notoriously challenging to hit with a shotgun, doves offer hunters plenty of opportunity to get afield. This year’s two-part season will run from Sept. 1 through Nov. 26 and re-open Dec. 16 and continue through Jan. 1. A generous bag limit of 15 birds per day, plus the bird’s wide spread availability makes it a great target for both experienced and novice wing shooters.

Larry Hendricks is an avid outdoorsman from Union County.

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