Shawn Oldenburger, program leader for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department dove program, said last year he didn't think dove hunting in Texas could get any better — but, predictably, it has.
He said, "2016 spring rainfall across most of the state happened at just the correct time to insure a good nesting season for mourning and whitewing dove. We could actually see a second hatch occur during July and August. As a result, hunters taking to the field in September are likely to bag mature as well as birds fresh off the nest."
He feels that some counties in the Coastal Bend of Texas may have suffered from too much rain during the spring.
"Dove don't construct the sturdiest of nests. Heavy rains and high winds probably wrecked their first tries at building nests. We believe, however, that the carry-over from last year will still provide good action along the Gulf Coast," he added.