2012-09-13 / Community News

Outdoor News

By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden

Dove season 2012 began with a flurry of shots being fired last Saturday morning. From what I saw, doves appear to be plentiful throughout the county for now. Some areas are holding more birds than others, but overall, hunters are just excited to be outdoors once again.

On Saturday, I drove a 150 mile line around the Giddings, Serbin, Northrup and McDade/Blue area, and on Sunday, I drove a 100 mile line around the Lexington, Lincoln and Fedor area. I believe these areas will hold strong for a few more weeks unless the weather changes.

A report of hunting over a baited field was received and an ongoing investigation has begun. If a person has to bait a field right now with the way dove are flying, they’re either foolish or a really bad shot! Another thing I must impress upon is legal shooting time. Morning hours aren’t too bad but evening hours seem to bring the most non-compliance. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. If one can silhouette dove against the sky line or view their muzzle flash, you’re probably past sunset.

I reported to Lake Somerville for the last official weekend of summer. Saturday and Sunday were reminiscent of Memorial Day weekend, but Monday’s traffic resembled a normal weekday. Several boat assists were performed and a few citations were issued for water safety violations.

I may be contacted at

979-540-0194 or victor.gonzales@tpwd.state.tx.us.

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