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Sept. 2 opening day of Georgia dove season

(Source: GA Dept. of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division) (Source: GA Dept. of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia's dove hunting season opens Saturday, Sept. 2, and the Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Division wants to know if you have plans for opening day. 

'Dove season is a fantastic reason to introduce someone to hunting,' John W. Bowers, Chief of WRD Game Management, said in a release. 

The daily bag limit is 15 doves per hunter. Collared doves may be taken and do not count toward the daily limit. Any auto-loading or other repeating shotgun must be plugged to hold no more than three shells while hunting doves. As always, hunters must obtain permission from landowners before hunting on private property. 

This season brings with it a license change. Hunters 16 years of age and older must possess a Georgia hunting license and a Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp. The stamp is required for all migratory bird hunters, even if a hunting license is not required. This stamp is how Georgia participates in the federal Harvest Information Program. Some licenses allow the license holder to get the stamp at no cost. The stamp is only valid for a single season (March-February). Hunters must obtain a new one each season. For more information, click here. Hunters can purchase licenses online here or by calling 1.800.366.2661. 

Completion of a hunter education course is required for any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1961 who purchases a season hunting license in Georgia, is at least 12-years-old and hunts without adult supervision, and/or hunts big game (deer, turkey, bear) on a wildlife management area. The only exceptions include any person who purchases a short-term hunting license, such as the Apprentice License or the three-day hunting and fishing combo license (as opposed to a season license) or is hunting on his or her own land or that of his or her parents or legal guardians. 

Hunters who need the Georgia Hunter Education Course can either take it either online or in a classroom. The available online courses each require a fee (from $9 - $29) but all are 'pass or don't pay' courses. Fees are charged and collected by the independent course developer. If the online course vendor fees are an obstacle, students can attend the eight-hour classroom course free of charge. 

The official dates for the 2017-2018 dove seasons are Sept. 2-17, Oct. 14-Nov. 2, and Nov. 23-Jan. 15. Shooting hours are from noon until sunset on opening day (Sept. 2) and one-half hour before sunrise for the remainder of the season dates. 

For more information on dove hunting in Georgia, click here

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