Dove Hunting Season
It is over 2 weeks in and Lamar County is alive with the sounds of gunfire! Dove season for the Northern Zone of Texas began on September 1, 2011 and for all those avid hunters it was the mark of their first chance to get into the field and shoot something. There were many concerns going into the dove season opener, due to the drought conditions in the area, and they were soon put to the test. Texas Parks and wildlife publishes weekly hunting reports for the zones (which can be accessed through www.tpw.state.tx.us) and it seems as though Lamar and Red River counties performed as expected. The Northern zone, which stretches from the panhandle to northeast Texas, was projected to provide “fair” shoots, but due to the drought conditions that was a generous guess.
Texas Parks and Wildlife report one states that fields along the Red Rive near Paris and Bogata produced fair action for mourning doves and that treelines and watering holes have seen the best action in the afternoons. With the cold front that entered the area on Labor Day numbers were expected to improve, bringing more migratory birds into the area. Cut corn fields and watering holes remained the best locations for week 2 due to the scarce water and lakes producing moisture have held droves of mourning doves. Week 3 is quickly approaching and it appears as the light rains and projected rain in the forecast should bring more dove to the area in the coming week. Still, watering holes and cut fields will be the leading areas to harvest your daily bag limits in the Lamar and Red River areas. There has not been enough rain, to date, to entice dove to travel very far, so stick with what works. Food sources and available water will produce every time, providing your wing shooting is accurate. Happy Hunting!