Dove Season: Keeping the Tradition Alive

The moon sits behind a dove decoy on Colorado's Eastern Plains. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

The moon sits behind a dove decoy on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

For as long as I can remember, Sept. 1 has been a time-honored tradition in my family. The tradition of waking before dawn to watch the sunrise on the Eastern Plains. The tradition of scanning the skies for doves and hoping that my shotgun skills are sharp enough to bring a few birds home for the table. The tradition of watching my favorite bird dog work the fields. And, most importantly, the tradition of spending time with family and friends in the outdoors. My stepbrother and I enjoyed a great dove hunt near Byers this morning. I’m glad I had the opportunity to hunt opening day of dove season again this year. What a great way to spend a Colorado morning. Here’s to a traditional dove dinner later tonight.

Did you make it out for opening day? Share your hunting photos with us!

A successful morning. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

A successful morning. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

A black Lab rests in the shade after a busy morning. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

A black Lab rests in the shade after a busy morning. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

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Written by Jerry Neal. Neal is the editor for Colorado Outdoors Online and is a public information specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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