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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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waiting until after 12pm for doves

been meaning to ask this question for awhile just haven't had the time. What is the reason for waiting until after 12pm to shoot doves?
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Re: waiting until after 12pm for doves

I've always wondered this myself. I don't have an issue with it, just curious as to the reason behind it.

I do miss dove season, they don't have one here in NY.
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Re: waiting until after 12pm for doves

That time is only for the first season.



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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 04:31 PM
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Re: waiting until after 12pm for doves

In 1999 a change was made so that shooting time was 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset in all 3 "splits" of the dove season. In 2000, they returned to the noon start time of the first split of the dove season. The reason given in the PGC news release is shown below:

HARRISBURG -- In announcing Pennsylvania’s 2000 migratory bird seasons and bag limits, Pennsylvania Game
Commission Executive Director Vern Ross today reminded dove hunters that shooting hours for the early season
will return to the traditional noon starting time.
"To expand dove hunting opportunities, it was decided to begin early season shooting hours a half-hour before
sunrise last year," said Ross. "That decision was part of a new triple-split dove season. We found that in a few
instances, early morning dove hunters were interfering with early season goose hunters. To avoid any conflict,
we’ve returned to the traditional noon starting time for dove hunting in the early portion of the three-split dove
seasons
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Re: waiting until after 12pm for doves

It would be nice be able to shoot doves while goose hunting in the early season. I usually see lots of doves during morning goose hunts.

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