Changes to 2021 dove season

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Danny Leigh

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Looks like opening day hours will now be 30 min before sunrise instead of noon on private lands. I received a survey asking about WMA opening day, but I was perplexed at one of the options.

On WMAs on opening date
Option 1 - open at 30 minutes before sunrise and end at noon. ????????????
Option 2 - keep it at noon on opening day

Most of the areas I have hunted the majority of the birds fly in the afternoon or evening.

Why in the world would they even have an option to end at noon for doves?
 
It seems that there were two different surveys sent out pertaining to the shooting hours on opening day. While others have reported receiving a survey about opening day shooting hours in general, I, like the OP, received a survey that was strictly about WMA’s and quota hunts. I can confirm that the two options on the survey that I received were just as the OP has them listed - 1) 30 minutes before sunrise UNTIL NOON, or 2) noon until sunset. I am aware that the shooting hours on opening day for PRIVATE land will now begin 30 minutes before sunrise. However, I haven’t been able to find any information about the results of the WMA/quota hunt survey. I can’t imagine many being in favor of WMA/quota hunts ending at noon. Anyone have any insight?
 

Ihunt

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I bet the reasoning for a half day on a WMA is to allow the doves to feed. In doing so, you have a better chance of successful hunts on that field in the future.
 

Ihunt

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Most of the WMA fields I have been on the birds mainly fly in the evening.
That may be true but the question asked was why only a half day option and the answer may be what I posted. As far as what time it opens, I assume they listened to the votes from the survey.
 
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Not so sure the DNR thought this one through, survey or no survey. Looks like all managed dove fields will have hours from daylight to noon on opening day.

We had some very memorable youth quota dove hunts at Walton, Redlands and DiLane. I can only imagine getting the boys up to make a 1-2 hour drive to get there an hour before daylight (when you can get on the field) and then have to stop shooting at noon.

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Not so sure the DNR thought this one through, survey or no survey. Looks like all managed dove fields will have hours from daylight to noon on opening day.

We had some very memorable youth quota dove hunts at Walton, Redlands and DiLane. I can only imagine getting the boys up to make a 1-2 hour drive to get there an hour before daylight (when you can get on the field) and then have to stop shooting at noon.

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Yeah I don't agree with this at all. I attended the Redlands hunt for about 5 years in a row until I exhausted my "youth" status way back when. Had an absolute blast on all of them. Many will be showing up to these WMA's for the first time and will have no idea what the field looks like. Not to mention it doesn't allow for DNR running the hunt to give the all important safety speech. The only reasons I can think of for doing it this way is to allow the birds to rest, and keeping folks from hiding birds/double dipping after lunch. However that could of been solved by just beginning the hunt at the classic 12:00 time. I feel this will be changed next year though after DNR realizes the headache it is and the will of the hunters to shoot in the afternoon.
 
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