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Dove season expected to be best in years

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Texas Parks and Wildlife approved an extension of the 2014-2015 Dove season. Now, the season will last 70 days, and hunters can bag 15 birds daily. 

KETK spoke with local Dove hunters, and one young fan, Austin Moore, said, "I think it's going to be a challenge but it will be fun". His father , Greg Moore, said, "Dove hunting is, as long as you've got birds, it's a blast". 

These speedy creatures kick off the hunting season. Austin said, "I like how they fly so fast , and usually I limit out".

Officials think this Dove season will be the best they've seen in years. Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist, Jared Laing, said, "The population in the central flyaway has decreased a little bit over the last few years because of the drought, but we're starting to see a rebound coming back up and there are plenty of dove to be harvested". 

This year they expect more than 20 million Doves in Texas, which is a 5 million bird increase from years prior. Laing said, "I know around here habitat conditions are great with the rainfall we've been getting this spring, there's lots of weeds out there, lots of seed producing weeds which attract dove". 

So beginning on September 1, 2014, prepare for an exciting labor day weekend. Laing said, "For me it's about getting the kids out, getting those first few shots, and starting the season off". While for others, 'There's birds flying here and there and everywhere, and it's just the joy of the hunt". 

Parks and Wildlife says the best places to find great dove hunting, are Old Sabine and Caddo Lake. For more places to hunt, click:

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