Dove hunters will get an extra 10 days in the field this year, although few people will care.
Most people dove hunt on opening day (Sept. 1) and then are done with it.
But if you are a diehard dove hunter, you get an extra 10 days this year. The season will open Sept. 1 but will be extended to Nov. 9, instead of closing Oct. 31.
The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on the new dates at this month’s meeting.
The daily bag limit still will be 15 doves, but no limits this year on Eurasian collared doves.
In the state’s southwest dove zone, dove season will open Sept. 1 and close on Oct. 31. It will re-open on Dec. 26 and run through Jan. 3.
In other changes, September’s resident Canada goose season will now overlap with the early teal season.
The early teal season will open Sept. 12 and run through Sept. 27. Resident Canada goose season will open Sept. 12 and run through Sept. 21.
Since resident Canada goose season will be during the same time as teal season, using electronic calls and unplugged shotguns will not be allowed to hunt resident Canada geese as in the past.
It’s a logical move. Waterfowl hunters would prefer to hunt both geese and teal at the same time rather than having a separate resident Canada goose season and using unplugged shotguns and electronic calls.
State wildlife officials had allowed electronic calls and unplugged shotguns in hopes of getting more geese killed, which have become a terrible nuisance in places.
But it wasn’t making a big difference.