Dove season off to a flying start for some, not so much for others
Dove hunting season opened Saturday and, as is typical early in the Illinois season, some hunters saw action while others saw empty skies.
Mike Harper, who hunts outside of Jacksonville in west-central Illinois, said he bagged his 15-dove limit Saturday evening with little problem.
“I hadn’t seen many doves in the days leading up the opener, but something pushed them in this weekend,” said Harper, who set up near a farm pond on the edge of CRP patch. “This is the first time I’ve killed a limit the first day of the season. It’s usually slow until a cold snap comes in.”
Bill Wilson, who hunts in Kankakee County, was shut out.
“Didn’t see a single dove Saturday,” he said in an email. “Conditions just weren’t right, I guess.”
Meanwhile, the day before the dove season opened, the DNR reminded hunters of requirements for the use of non-toxic shot at a number of state sites for dove hunting, effective for the 2018-19 season:
- Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA)
- Copperhead Hollow SFWA
- Crawford County SFWA
- Dixon Springs State Park
- Edward R. Madigan SFWA
- Harry Babe Woodyard State Natural Area
- Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA
- Kickapoo SRA
- Lake Le-Aqua-Na SRA
- Middle Fork SFWA
- Pere Marquette State Park
- Ramsey Lake State Park
- Ray Norbut SFWA
- Shelbyville SFWA
- Siloam Springs State Park
- Siloam Springs SP/Buckhorn Unit
- Weinberg-King State Park
The DNR reminded hunters to check Hunter Fact Sheets posted on the IDNR website for information on site-specific hunting season information and regulations as other sites not listed above require non-toxic shot, too.