The sign posted this week at Tupelo Hardware, warning that the store will be closed Saturday for the start of dove season, can’t be the only such sign that the fall hunting season is here.
Saturday marks “one of the most popular hunting days of the year,” according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, which will be out in force throughout the state this weekend.
An estimated 100,000 hunters may be in the field this weekend. All are warned to make sure their licenses are valid and that they are playing by the rules.
“Our officers have fields across the state under surveillance for baiting,” said Steve Adcock, the MDWFP’s Chief of Law Enforcement. “Our primary objectives are to protect the resource and make sure everybody has a safe quality experience.”
Shooting hours are from 30 minutes prior to sunrise to sunset. The bag limit for mourning doves is 15 per day.
In the North Zone, the first session of dove season runs through Sept. 27. Subsequent sessions are Oct. 10-Nov. 4 and Dec. 12-Jan. 15.
NEMS Daily Journal