Stay Safe during Dove Season

Dove season marks the beginning of hunting season for most hunters in the South, and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is reminding hunters to stay safe in the field. According to Alabama Hunter Education Coordinator Marisa Futral, dove season has some safety challenges that the other big hunting seasons like deer and turkey do not. “For example, there will be a lot of hunters in one place,” she said.” The birds come in fast and there are usually a lot of people shooting at the same time. This can increase the chance for mishaps, but those risks can be neutralized if everyone simply looks out for each other. A large number of hunters can use the same field safely if all are courteous and safety conscious.”

Futral offers these safety tips for hunters to follow:
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit