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#5916203 - 09/07/15 12:24 AM Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend?
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I don't follow the politics of it but why on earth doesn't Dove season open on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend?
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#5916212 - 09/07/15 12:42 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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I have no problem with it opening earlierconfused2
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#5916256 - 09/07/15 05:52 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 12/16/11
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It opens on the 1st every year no matter what day it is.

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#5916276 - 09/07/15 06:23 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Because some of us like to go on the weekdays when the mass crowds are at the cubicles

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#5916316 - 09/07/15 07:53 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 09/03/15
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Sept 1 has always been the start of the fall hunting season...
long ago most people didn't sit in little squares in multi-story buildings..
deer season always started Nov 16, too.

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#5916428 - 09/07/15 09:17 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 09/06/08
Posts: 245
Loc: Frisco, TX
A year like this is nice when half the guys on our lease will be out there for the first 2 days and the other half coming out on the weekend. The first round of hunters always get the best shooting, but this year was really good on the weekend too. I bet the local economies really like it when the opener is on a Tuesday because it gives them a few more days where hunters are spending money on hotel rooms, food, and gas. I figure the aggregate dollars are higher when you have hunters that hunted the opener and made a return trip on the weekend. That being said, I definitely feel for the guys who miss out when the opener is during the middle of the week. It's truly one of my favorite days of the year.

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#5916449 - 09/07/15 09:35 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: NTX RAIDER]
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Registered: 09/12/06
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Add me to the camp who would like to see it start on the Saturday proceeding Labor Day. We only had 4 out of 10 hunters come out to our lease for the opener. The whole reason we have that lease is for the social aspect of dove hunting. The lease is no good after the first couple of days either, so if you miss the opener and go out there on the weekend, there is a high possibility you will be going home empty handed.

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#5916472 - 09/07/15 09:53 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: BuckRage]
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Originally Posted By: BuckRage
I have no problem with it opening earlierconfused2


Me either. What difference would it make?
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#5916474 - 09/07/15 09:55 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: cyphertext]
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Originally Posted By: cyphertext
Add me to the camp who would like to see it start on the Saturday proceeding Labor Day. We only had 4 out of 10 hunters come out to our lease for the opener. The whole reason we have that lease is for the social aspect of dove hunting. The lease is no good after the first couple of days either, so if you miss the opener and go out there on the weekend, there is a high possibility you will be going home empty handed.

If your dove lease only has birds on the opener and that's it, why do you have it? The best dove hunting has yet to come, we haven't had a big front yet and it's still 100°.

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#5916486 - 09/07/15 10:03 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
For many years the dove season opened at noon on the Saturday before Labor Day. There was no morning hunting for dove as legal hours were noon till sundown.

Then it was changed to where you could hunt mornings and later so it opens Sept 1. I do not know why the changes were made but they were.

Dove hunting to me is more of a social event, out with good friends having fun on a low pressure hunt. Ribbing each other about misses and congrats on good shots. Good camp food and times kicking off the new hunting season.
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#5916520 - 09/07/15 10:25 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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^ you got the noon till sundown part correct, but season always started sept1

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#5916558 - 09/07/15 10:44 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 11/06/06
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If dove hunting is that big of a deal to you then you make the arrangements necessary to have Sept 1st off. I've hunted every Sept 1st for years and years without issue just because I've made the plans and truth be told I'm not even all that mad at doves. I'm more than ok with it being on a Tuesday and actually prefer it because lots of bozos don't know how to plan. The less people out the better...dove season is full of amateur hour hunters anyway so this also helps to keep those guys away.
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#5916612 - 09/07/15 11:34 AM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: 8pointdrop]
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Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Originally Posted By: cyphertext
Add me to the camp who would like to see it start on the Saturday proceeding Labor Day. We only had 4 out of 10 hunters come out to our lease for the opener. The whole reason we have that lease is for the social aspect of dove hunting. The lease is no good after the first couple of days either, so if you miss the opener and go out there on the weekend, there is a high possibility you will be going home empty handed.

If your dove lease only has birds on the opener and that's it, why do you have it? The best dove hunting has yet to come, we haven't had a big front yet and it's still 100°.


We have it because we like to all get together, and it costs us less per hunter than two day hunts. And my best dove hunting has always been on opening day, and the day after... I don't think I have ever gotten a limit during a hunt later in the season.

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#5916750 - 09/07/15 01:14 PM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 09/03/15
Posts: 196
I'm w/Drop on this..
several yrs ago the So zone ended nov8.. we had a spectacular shoot that day...friends and neighbors all gathered at our place and it was on!

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#5916978 - 09/07/15 04:31 PM Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 09/03/05
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Based on poll I put on the forum, 75% of dove hunters got out on opening day

Hardly scientific pol but still....

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