So what is the deal with the split anyway? Wouldn't a longer first season (at least in the north zone) and no second make more sense?
From a hunter's perspective, absofrigginlutely! The vast majority will be gone by the time we can get back at em.
Shaun Oldenburger, migratory shore and upland game bird program leader for TP&W, said recommendations on the dove season were based on four criteria: Maximizing opportunity during the first part of the season; Extending season dates as far as possible into January based on some public comment and input from South Texas; keeping season opening and closing dates as consistent as possible to decrease confusion among hunters; and taking advantage of youth dates at the end of October to overlap duck, deer and doves for a weekend.