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Dove Hunters: Don’t Forget Your Stamps and Bug Repellent
 
Dove hunters: don’t forget to purchase a $3 Migratory Bird Stamp for the Sept. 1-15 early dove season and be sure to use bug repellent, advises the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Dove hunters age 16 and older are required to have in their possession an Arizona Migratory Bird Stamp.

All Arizona Game and Fish Department offices and hunting license dealers have the stamps available. “Just put it on your shopping list when you go to get those extra boxes of shells for dove and quail hunting this year,” says Rory Aikens, a Game and Fish Department spokesperson.

Biologists are also recommending that hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts wear plenty of insect repellent because of the potential for the West Nile Virus in various parts of the state and to wear plastic gloves when cleaning harvested birds. “Wearing protective gloves while cleaning or skinning wildlife is a common-sense precaution nowadays because of the recent detection of West Nile virus in five Arizona counties,” says Research Branch Chief Jim deVos, a noted national authority on wildlife diseases.

Hunters should also remember that in the southern zones, there are restricted hunting hours from one half-hour before sunrise until noon, except for junior hunters.

“Junior hunters up through age 17 get to hunt doves all day, giving them an opportunity to hunt doves after school just like some of us did while growing up,” Aikens advises.

Don’t forget that junior hunters 14 years and older are required to have a license, while those unlicensed juveniles under age 14 must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Youth under 14 years old can hunt by themselves if they have a hunting license.

 

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