Originally created 08/16/98

Dove seasons to open Sept. 5



Dove season opens at noon on Sept. 5 in Georgia and South Carolina.

Georgia is divided into the Northern and Southern zones and each has a three-way split season. South Carolina's split seasons are state wide. Check hunting regulations book for boundaries.

NORTHERN ZONE: Sept. 5-Oct. 4, Nov. 26-28, Dec. 10-Jan. 15.

SOUTHERN ZONE: Sept. 26-Oct. 25, Nov. 26-28, Dec. 10-Jan. 15.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sept. 5-Oct. 10, Nov. 21-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 13.

Hunters can shoot doves only from noon to sunset on each zone's opening days. Hunting will be allowed in South Carolina from noon to sunset on each of the season's first three days (Sept. 5-6-7). Hours are a half-hour before sunrise until sunset for the rest of the seasons. Bag limit remains at 12 birds daily per hunter.

Sportsmen of both states who hunt migratory game birds are reminded to obtain the free of charge Migratory Birds Harvest Information Permit (HIP) from license vendors before going hunting.

TEAL DEADLINE EXTENDED: Application deadline for two computer-drawn teal hunts at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area gas been extended until 5 p.m., on Aug. 25 by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR will select a total of 40 hunters for the Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 hunts at the Colleton County area. To receive an application, call the DNR at 1 (803) 734-3886.

A hunt fee of $50 per person ($20 for hunters under 16) will be charged. The DNR will provide boats and decoys. Each applicant must have a Wildlife Management Area permit, state and federal duck stamps and HIP migratory bird permit. A special one-day WMA permit is available for $5.50 when applying for the hunt.

Hunters are discouraged from bringing their retrievers because the area abounds with alligators and the reptiles are active during September. Chest waders are a must because the water will be deeper than during the normal duck season. Insect repellent is recommended. Hunters will be limited to 20 nontoxic shot shells and the bag limit is four teal per hunter. Shooting hours are sunrise until 11 a.m.

HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES: Georgians born on or after Jan. 1, 1961 must pass a hunter education class before they can go hunting.

Classes scheduled for most Augusta area counties:

--BURKE: Sept. 16-17, Oct. 6-7, Nov. 4-5, 6-10 p.m., at Burke County Office Park. Pre-register at Dave's Lakeside Outfitters. Two hours of home study required.

-- JEFFERSON: Oct. 14-16, 6-10 p.m., Wrens Public Library.

--MCDUFFIE: Sept. 15-17, Oct. 20-22; Nov. 17-19; Dec. 8-10, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thomson Middle School.

--GREENE COUNTY: Sept. 7-8, Oct. 12-13, Nov. 9-10, Dec. 7-8, 6-10 p.m., Minnie G. Boswell Hospital Conference Room or Greene County Public Library, Greensboro.

--LINCOLN: Aug. 27-28, Oct. 5-6, 5-9 p.m., Lincolton Clubhouse, Highway 378, Lincolnton. Pre-register at Thomson office (706) 595-4211 or (Augusta number 737-1480).

--RICHMOND: Sept. 9-10, Oct. 14-15, Nov. 11-12, Dec. 9-10, Jan. 13-14, March 10-11, 6-10 p.m., Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Fort Gordon hospital basement). Two-hour homework assignment the first night.

--TALIAFERRO: Sept. 1-2, 6-10 p.m., Alexander H. Stephens State Park. Pre-register at park office.

--WARREN: Sept. 15-17, 6-10 p.m., Warren County Public Library.

--WASHINGTON: Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Oct. 5-7, 6-10 p.m., Thiele Training Center next door to Villa South Restaurant in Sandersville.

--WILKES: Sept. 10-12, 6-9 p.m., VFW Post; Oct. 13-15, Nov. 10-12, 10-3 p.m., Wildlife Action Shooting Range.