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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
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
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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