Texas hunters may experience considerably higher bird populations as the 2023 season begins on September 1 due to a cool and gloomy spring, despite above-average summer temperatures.
An estimated 28.3 million mourning doves were found in Texas as of spring surveys by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department( TPWD ), an increase of 44 % from 2022. With an estimated 11.7 million white-wing bird populations this year, they have increased by 20 %, breaking the previous record.
With consistent rains and great weather, this flower was about as ideal as it could be, according to TPWD Dove Program Leader Owen Fitzsimmons. Hunters should anticipate seeing a lot more birds on the environment this September given the population growth this year and the superb breeding season conditions that persisted through the first half of the summer.
Hunters are likely to get higher concentrations of birds at washing holes as normal temperatures reach 100 degrees with no sign of relief, and doves may be feeding earlier or later than usual to prevent the midday heat. Look for appears of popular flower, senna, and other local annual forbs and grasses in areas where crops has suffered from the heatwave.
Seven indigenous dove and pigeon species can be found in Texas, including the three legal game species sorrow, white-winged, and white tipped doesves. Texas harvests far more white-winged doves annually than any other state, accounting for 30 % of the total mourning doesve population and 85 % of all white avian species.
TPWD officials advise hunters to pack all the necessities for a day in the area and to get ready for the intense heat. They should take precautions to stay cool in a covered area and take plenty of water to keep hydrated. Partners in dog hunting experience the same thing.
Consider bringing your dog outside in the first year if this extreme heat persists, advised Fitzsimmons. ” Dogs can be dangerous at heat this high, especially when they’re thrilled and chasing after birds.” Try to keep the expeditions to early mornings or late night if you do take them.
The typical went months:
- North Zone: September 1 through November 12; December 15 through December 31, 2023
- Central Zone: September 1 – October 29; December 15, 2023 – January 14, 2024
- South Zone: September 14 – October 29; December 15, 2023 – January 21, 2024
Six Special White-Winged Dove Days will be held on September 1 – 3 and 8 – 10 for the third consecutive year.
With no more than two white-tipped birds, the aggregated carrier control in South Zone’s normal season is 15. Searching is only permitted from noon to dusk during the South Zone’s Special White-Winged Dove Days, and the daily bag limit is 15 birds, excluding no more than two mourning birds and two white-tipped donkeys.
People born after September 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course in order to run legally in Texas. This is in addition to obtaining their hunting license. The TPWD Hunter Education accreditation is recognized in all other states and provinces and is appropriate for existence. Hunters can display a successor at no cost online or find more information.
To hunt dove, you must also have a harvest information program ( HIP ) and migratory game bird endorsement( Stamp ). At the time licenses are purchased, HIP documentation is carried out, which entails a brief evaluation of the success of nomadic bird hunting in the previous year.