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#331422 - 08/07/07 09:02 PM Dove Hunting hours
8 Point

Registered: 12/06/04
Posts: 1468
Loc: Greene / Cocke County

Why do shooting hours on the first day and all the TWRA sponsored shoots the first weekend always start at noon? I grew up in South Carolina and dove season was the start of all hunting seasons, getting up at 4:30am and going to breakfast, then shoot for a few hours and when it started getting hot we took a break for a bologna sandwhich and sweet tea. Then maybe a nap and back to the dove fields in the late evening. It seems here in TN the first weekend you spend 4 to 5 hours in the heat of the day waiting for the evening shoot. You may get a few shots off but mostly all you are doing is saving your spot for the late evening shoot...
"A government strong enough to give you everything you want, is powerful enough to take everything you have" Thomas Jefferson

#331775 - 08/08/07 05:14 AM Re: Dove Hunting hours [Re: Stalker]
16 Point

Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

its a family tradition,been that way for as long as i been hunting them,years ago all your freinds got together & set shoulder to shoulder on beer coolers er i mean drink coolers & that started the hunting season,nobody got mad if you shot their animal & many a freindship was started when you ran out of shells or beer er i mean drinks \:\) mike243
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#332081 - 08/08/07 10:28 AM Re: Dove Hunting hours [Re: mike243]
RUGER Administrator
Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Best I can remember the act of starting hunting at noon was every day of the season to give the doves one unmolested feeding opportunity.
Then it was then changed later to only opening day and never got changed for some reason.
I could be wrong though.
Youth is wasted on the young.

#332244 - 08/08/07 12:26 PM Re: Dove Hunting hours [Re: RUGER]
TnDeer Old Timer
12 Point

Registered: 09/03/99
Posts: 6666
Loc: west tenn.

TWRA recomended that all dove hunting begin in the AM and it would have been approved by the TWRC if someone had not attended the meeting and appealed to them to leave opening day as it had always been and they did just that.
That meeting was at Jackson and after the dove hunter's appeal TennBow presented a power point presentation appealing to the commision to approve hunting hogs with dogs statewide and they did not.
"Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean."

#334368 - 08/09/07 09:37 PM Re: Dove Hunting hours [Re: Hawk]
ol 'rube
8 Point

Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 1828
Loc: goodlettsville

i have no idea
patience will always payoff !!!

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