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Dove Season Opens Early in 2013

Normally dove season in North Carolina opens the first Saturday in September but this year the first Saturday comes almost a week into the month so the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission voted to open the season the First Monday in September or Labor Day. Some areas in eastern North Carolina where more corn and soybeans are grown the opening of the season is a relief to farmers, the dove is less plentiful in the mountains. The Hunting Heritage Apprentice permit program was also initiated this year by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Under the provisions of this program a licensed hunter who is at least 18 years of age can accompany and mentor another hunter who has not completed a hunter safety course but who has purchased a license and agrees to be mentored by the experienced hunter  in lieu of the required hunter safety course.