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Dove Hunting

Georgia's 2021-2022 Dove Season Hunting Dates

Sept. 4 - Oct. 10 (shooting now allowed 30 minutes before sunrise on opening day, Sept. 4)

Nov. 20-28

Dec. 19 - Jan. 31

15 per day; 45 in possession

Grandson’s First Dove Shoot

By Mike Parker My grandson and I were honored with an invitation to the annual dove shoot a friend holds on his farm near Denton. We all know the opening-day dove shoot in south Georgia is more than a hunt. It is a social event and a gathering of good, like-minded people. Since this is…

The Darden Dove Shoot, Like Christmas On Labor Day

Opening day of dove season has come and gone again. It was a good opening day at the annual shoot held each year at Darden’s Farm south of Washington, Ga. in Taliaferro County. Some things this year were the same, some things were different, as they always are. Some things could not have been better,…

WMA Dove Fields

Hard to believe we’ve only got about a month to go before men, women, boys and girls will file into prepared dove fields in hopes of collecting a limit of 15 birds for the grill.  Thankfully, WRD does a really nice job of providing a list of places for hunters to shoot. To the right…

GON’s 2022 Pay Dove Shoots List

The phones have been ringing as folks await GON’s annual Pay Dove Shoots list. Well, here you go! Dial these phone numbers, reserve your spots and shoot straight. Keep in mind that we’re rolling into year No. 2 when dove hunting will legally begin one-half hour before sunrise on opening day, which happens to be…

July 15 Deadline For Dove Shoot Listing

GON will publish our annual Pay Dove Shoots list in the August issue. If you are hosting a shoot, fill out the Dove Shoot Coupon for a free listing.  For County, just tell us which county your field(s) is in. Under Shoot Date(s), include all the pay shoots you plan to host. We understand not…

Conservation Law Enforcement Corner – July 2022

The Conservation LE Corner is designed to highlight the efforts of Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division (LED) officers who, among their many duties, protect Georgia’s wildlife, sportsmen and natural resources from game-law violators. The following account is provided from DNR LED.  Tattnall County: At about 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, Sept. 5, 2021 Ranger Jordan…

Labor Day Dove Tradition

The dog days of summer in south Georgia are approaching their terminus. The calendar says Sept. 4, but the warm sticky humidity of the morning air tells me that summer is reluctant to relinquish its grip. The dog days of August were sleepy and slow, but the days are getting noticeably shorter now. The corn…

Darden Do-Over Dove Shoot One To Remember

The Saturday before Labor Day has always been opening day of dove season. This year was special. We had great weather and we really had the birds.   Phil McCall said, “I have not seen that many birds in 30 years.” It was made even better by contrast to last year—a very, very poor shoot. …

Doves Amidst The Wall Of Lead

“Just once,” I wheedled Dylan. “We’ve never tried it before. There ain’t any other option. And it’s what’s known as an adventure.” Probably should have left off that last statement, because he’s heard it all his life. And our “adventures” sometimes tend to turn out not so sporty… Here’s the deal: I had never been…

WMA Dove Fields Now Open All Day On Opener

In a late change, WRD will allow WMA dove fields to be open for shooting from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Prior to this decision, WMA dove fields were set to open 30 minutes before sunrise but close at 12 noon. “When surveyed, hunters have routinely asked for opening day of dove season to…

Dove Recipes

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Wild In The Kitchen: Creamy Garlic Dove Stew

Creamy Garlic Dove Stew Here’s a new twist on cooking up some doves. This recipe is quick and delicious. 8 dove breasts, cleaned 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 stick butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup dry white wine 1 head of garlic, peeled 1 pint heavy cream 10 halved medium mushrooms 1 can cream…

Wild In The Kitchen: Grilled Doves A La Mancha

Grilled Doves A La Mancha 15 doves kosher salt olive oil bay leaves ground sage melted bacon fat Smoked paprika Black pepper Pluck the feathers from the doves, remove the entrails and leave whole. Wash them thoroughly under cold water, and place doves on paper towels to dry. Stuff each dove cavity with half a…

Wild In The Kitchen: Grilled Orange Glazed Dove

I agree that dove breasts wrapped in bacon and grilled are pretty danged good. Here’s a different approach using whole doves that I think you will like. 15 whole doves 2 tablespoons peanut oil 4 large oranges, juiced Zest of 1 orange 1 tbsp. rosemary, chopped 2 tbsp. honey Salt Black pepper Pluck the doves,…