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Oklahoma dove season kicks off Sept. 1

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 24, 2013
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Most of us have cut our teeth on dove hunting. All you really need for a dove shoot is a shotgun (12 or 20 gauge) and several boxes of shells (Nos. 7 1/2 or 8). Take a folding chair or a cooler of soft drinks to sit on. A 10-gallon bucket also works as a seat and a way to carry your birds home if you don't want to wear a vest.

Find a tree line or ditch and some shade for concealment and comfort. I also recommend taking some spinning wing dove decoys. They can be deadly.

Make sure to know the game regulations. A HIP (Harvest Information Program) permit and a state hunting license are required, unless you are hunting on Sept. 7 and 8, which are the free hunting days in the state.

If hunting on private land, be sure to get permission from the landowner. Written permission is preferable. Don't hunt over baited areas.

The daily bag limit is 15 doves (mourning dove and white-winged doves combined). Eurasian collared doves do not count against the daily limit as long as the game warden can tell it is a Eurasian. A fully dressed Eurasian collared dove will count against the limit.

Most Eurasian collared doves hang around suburban areas and farm houses. White-winged doves are most prevalent in southwest Oklahoma, but Richardson said the Wildlife Department is getting more reports of them in other areas of the state.

If you are looking for a recipe, Dan Wood of Edmond shared the following one with me: Peel out the dove breasts and filet into bite-sized pieces. Put on a toothpick with sliced jalapeno and water chestnuts, then wrap in bacon. Grill while basting with a mixture of soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.

“Doesn't get much better,” Wood said. “We sometimes even take a small charcoal grill on our hunts and take turns cleaning and cooking doves while the others shoot.”

Now I'm hungry.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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Oklahoma's Dove Season

When: Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 and then Dec. 21-29

Where: Statewide

Daily Limit: 15 doves, which include a combination of mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared doves. However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared doves provided the head and one fully feathered wing remain attached to the carcass.

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