Here in Louisiana, the leaves are turning brown already. No, we aren’t having an early fall—just another long, hot and dry summer. The good news is that after August comes September, and for most of the South that means dove season. Friends and family take to the field in search of the elusive gray bird, announcing the official beginning of another hunting season!
While some of us need no real excuse to bring out the shotguns to enjoy an afternoon of clay targets and the comforting aroma of burnt powder, others anxiously await the opening day festivities to see if they can bag a generous limit of 12-15 birds. At times it means hopping in the truck with your hunting buddy and heading straight to the field for the official kickoff at noon, while often there’s a gathering at a rendezvous point, perhaps a camp or shady spot at the field, for a barbecue or fish fry. Like they say, “It’s all good.”
One thing’s for sure: Opening day of dove season can help you brush off the cobwebs from your marksmanship, renew old friendships, and rekindle the fire that burns in every hunter’s heart. Sure, it’s hot out there, but grab a dove stool or lawn chair, find some shade if you can, and get ready for an afternoon of fun.
Mentors, remember—this is a great opportunity to introduce youngsters and novice hunters to the camaraderie of a grand tradition, all the while honing your shooting skills and providing excellent table fare. There are some delicious recipes for preparing doves, ranging from fried to grilled, marinated or bacon-wrapped.
You can get wrapped up in your duck decoy spread or that big buck’s travel pattern later. But for now, keep in mind it’s the simple things in life that make it worth living. Get ready to get out there!
As always, God bless and good hunting,