Georgia Dove Hunting
Fred McLean Dove Hunting In Georgia
Congratulations to Fred McLean on his successful Dove Hunt in Oglethorpe County, Georgia. No, this was
not opening day, but a couple of weeks into the season. Fred along with his son, Stewart, had one of
those great fall days when it was not too hot and the birds were flying. Fred and his trusty Beretta shotgun
stacked up quite a few doves on this trip. Being with friends and family on a good dove shoot in September
is hard to beat. Congratulations to Fred, and may you and all the Georgia hunters have a great 2012 season.
Georgia Dove Hunting - Things To Remember (From Georgia DNR)
No more than the daily bag limit may be in a hunter's possession on the dove field. If a hunter accepts
doves from another hunter, the birds must be tagged with the name, address, and signature of the hunter
who killed the birds, along with the total number of birds involved and the dates the birds were killed.
Hunters are ethically and legally required to make a reasonable effort to retrieve all downed birds.
Dove hunters must have on their person a valid Georgia hunting license and a valid Migratory Bird Harvest
Information Program (HIP) permit. The HIP permit is free and can be obtained from any license dealer by
completing a migratory bird hunter questionnaire. Honorary license holders are exempt from the HIP permit requirement.
Any autoloading or other repeating shotgun must be plugged to hold no more than three shotshells while hunting doves.
Shooting hours for doves are 12 noon until sunset on opening day of first season, and one half hour before
sunrise to sunset otherwise. Sunrise and sunset times can be found in current Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide.
Songbirds, hawks, owls, killdeer, nighthawks, chimney swifts, woodpeckers, and other species of birds
may not be shot. These birds are protected by both federal and state laws and killing them or shooting at them is strictly prohibited.
Georgia Dove Seasons Statewide:
November 22 – January 5
Limits 15 per day, 30 in possession
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