2012-09-06 / Community News

Outdoor News

by Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

Dove season began bright and early last Saturday morning here in the Central Zone. Hunters are reminded to check local sunrise and sunset time in order to be compliant with State and Federal regulations concerning legal shooting time.

I can’t really say with any degree of certainty what the bird population looks like, but locally, there seem to be plenty of birds right now, before they get wise and keep flying south.

Every year, I receive complaints about early and late shooting, unplugged or “fully automatic” shotguns, peppering houses and hunting over baited areas. After 26 years of opening weekends, some things are easier proven by what information the complaining caller can give me.

Case in point; with today’s shotguns, some manufacturers’ weapons can cycle faster than their old predecessors. What sounds like an automatic weapon may be multiple hunters firing simultaneously, or one hunter with a high grade shotgun. Of course it can also mean people hunting over a baited area.

I may be contacted by phone at 979-540-0194 or via email at victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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