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Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? #5916203 09/07/15 05:24 AM
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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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Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5916212 09/07/15 05:42 AM
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I have no problem with it opening earlierconfused2


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Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5916256 09/07/15 10:52 AM
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It opens on the 1st every year no matter what day it is.

Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5916276 09/07/15 11:23 AM
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Because some of us like to go on the weekdays when the mass crowds are at the cubicles

Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5916316 09/07/15 12:53 PM
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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.

Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5916428 09/07/15 02:17 PM
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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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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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Originally Posted By: BuckRage
I have no problem with it opening earlierconfused2


Me either. What difference would it make?


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Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: cyphertext] #5916474 09/07/15 02:55 PM
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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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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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Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5916520 09/07/15 03:25 PM
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^ you got the noon till sundown part correct, but season always started sept1

Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5916558 09/07/15 03:44 PM
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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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Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: 8pointdrop] #5916612 09/07/15 04:34 PM
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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.

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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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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Based on poll I put on the forum, 75% of dove hunters got out on opening day

Hardly scientific pol but still....

Re: Why not Dove open Sat. of Labor Day Weekend? [Re: Mathp] #5917042 09/07/15 10:14 PM
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Started dove hunting at 7 and i am 69 and never remember an opening other than sept 1. For a long time you could not hunt until 12 0'clock. I do not remember when that changed. Burnet county

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September 1 is a day off for me every year. If I showed up at work my guys would think there was something wrong.


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Having it open on a weekend would also be better for my son... wouldn't have to miss school. We would be able to leave Friday after school, hunt Saturday, Sunday, and morning on Monday before we would need to head back.

Because of it opening on a Tuesday this year, he didn't get to go for the opener.

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a lot depends on species also...
here west of SA 99% of doves shot are WW's close to urban areas...
Mourning doves can be good, but the huge #'s of WW's are the big ticket early Sept.
I'm So zone and rual, so our best shooting is always late Sept and Oct.

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Originally Posted By: kweber
^ you got the noon till sundown part correct, but season always started sept1
+1,I remember waiting till noon on the 1st. Dad pulled me and my brother out of school and mom was not happy.


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Originally Posted By: cyphertext
Having it open on a weekend would also be better for my son... wouldn't have to miss school. We would be able to leave Friday after school, hunt Saturday, Sunday, and morning on Monday before we would need to head back.

Because of it opening on a Tuesday this year, he didn't get to go for the opener.


As the song goes "can't always get what you want".

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Having it open on a weekend would also be better for my son... wouldn't have to miss school. We would be able to leave Friday after school, hunt Saturday, Sunday, and morning on Monday before we would need to head back.

Because of it opening on a Tuesday this year, he didn't get to go for the opener.


As the song goes "can't always get what you want".


Good attitude to have towards kids and hunting... why worry about the kids and the future of the sport? I'm certain that my son was not the only one that missed out this year.

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Having it open on a weekend would also be better for my son... wouldn't have to miss school. We would be able to leave Friday after school, hunt Saturday, Sunday, and morning on Monday before we would need to head back.

Because of it opening on a Tuesday this year, he didn't get to go for the opener.


As the song goes "can't always get what you want".


Good attitude to have towards kids and hunting... why worry about the kids and the future of the sport? I'm certain that my son was not the only one that missed out this year.

Y'all mean every year? This isn't new, it has ALWAYS started the first. No need to act like the future of hunting rests solely on labor day weekend. I'm still lost as to why people get so worked up over the opener, I like hunting when it's not 100 and other dove hunters have packed away their shotguns until next season.

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Having it open on a weekend would also be better for my son... wouldn't have to miss school. We would be able to leave Friday after school, hunt Saturday, Sunday, and morning on Monday before we would need to head back.

Because of it opening on a Tuesday this year, he didn't get to go for the opener.


As the song goes "can't always get what you want".


Good attitude to have towards kids and hunting... why worry about the kids and the future of the sport? I'm certain that my son was not the only one that missed out this year.


Ain't the end of the world man. I have 2 of my own, both grown, I haven't hunted every opener in my lifetime as well. Work and school are more important than making every opening day. Maybe not so much work but school for sure.

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Originally Posted By: Mathp
I don't follow the politics of it but why on earth doesn't Dove season open on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend?

Tradition is the simple answers. Sept 1 is kick off of hunting season, that will never change.

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