Dove hunting continues

Dove hunters, especially those in South Mississippi, get more opportunities in October. Retrievers enjoy the second season since it’s cooler.

Mississippi wing-shooters will have plenty of opportunities to take doves in October, but the focus shifts to the southeastern corner of the state for most of the month.

Hunters in the small South Zone — encompassed by US 84 to the north, Mississippi Highway 35 and the Louisiana border to the west, the Alabama border to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the south — had only eight days of hunting in September, compared to the entire month in the North Zone. The South Zone season reopens Oct. 6 and will continue through Nov. 7.

The North Zone’s first season continues through Oct. 7, and hunters have to take a 20-day break. The second season will open Oct. 27 and continue through Nov. 7.

Limits in both zones are 15 daily and 45 in possession.

Other migratory bird seasons change in October.

The early Canada goose season that opened Sept. 1 closed on Sept. 30.

Goose hunting is still available in areas where light geese are located through a federal conservation order. That opportunity opens Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 7 but only on snow, blue and Ross’ geese with no limit.

The season for several shore birds — rails, moorhens and gallinules — closed Sept. 30 but will open again in Nov. 23.

Bobby Cleveland
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Bobby Cleveland has covered sports in Mississippi for over 40 years. A native of Hattiesburg and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Cleveland lives on Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson with his wife Pam.

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