An estimated 90,000 hunters will take to the field in California on opening day of dove hunting season Wednesday.
According to the California Department of Fish and Game, California's split dove season will be open from Sept. 1-15 and again from Nov. 13 through Dec. 27.
The season includes white-winged and mourning doves, for which the combined bag limit is 10 birds and the possession limit is 20. Hunters can also harvest Eurasian collared doves, which are now common in some parts of the state. There is no daily bag limit or possession limit for this species.
There is no open hunting season on common ground-doves, ruddy ground-doves or Inca doves.
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Hunters must be in possession of a valid hunting license, an upland game bird stamp and a free harvest information program stamp.
Each year, an estimated 1.5 million doves are harvested by hunters in California. The sale of the required upland game bird stamps supports DFG's Game Bird Heritage Program, which provides funding annually to plant dove food crops on state lands and on partnership private lands.
For more information, go online to www.dfg.ca.gov.
-- Carol Reiter