Introduce a youngster to dove hunting at juniors’ outings

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September 3rd, 2008

Introduce a youngster to dove hunting at juniors’ outings

Looking for a fun activity to unglue your son or daughter from the TV or computer?

Here are some opportunities to “step outside” with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and its partners to teach your youngster some enjoyable outdoor skills during the early dove hunting season.

In the West Valley, the department and the Chandler Rod and Gun Club will host the annual Robbins Butte Juniors’ Dove Hunt at Robbins Butte Wildlife Area (about 40 miles west of Phoenix) on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. The hunt is open to anyone 17 years of age and younger.

Young hunters and their mentors need to be at Robbins Butte by 4 a.m., which is when shooting stations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteer hunter education instructors will be on hand to assist. The Chandler Rod and Gun Club will provide a scrumptious pancake and sausage breakfast.

The Robbins Butte Wildlife Area is located southwest of Buckeye. Take I-10 to Highway 85, drive south on Highway 85 about eight miles, and follow the signs to the west for Robbins Butte. For more information, contact Phil Smith at (602) 290-2237.

In southwestern Arizona, the department and the Southwest Arizona Habitat Partnership Committee will hold the second annual Texas Hill Farms Junior Dove Hunt at Club Lead near Tacna (about 40 miles east of Yuma) on Saturday, Sept. 6. The hunt is open to anyone 17 years of age and younger accompanied by an Arizona-licensed adult. Registration begins at 4:30 a.m., hunting begins one-half hour before sunrise. Please pre-register by contacting Debbie at (928) 210-7304 or deltadeb@gmail.com.

In the East Valley, the department and the Chandler Rod and Gun Club are partnering to hold a Beginners’ Dove Hunt (youths and new adult hunters) near Queen Creek on Saturday, Sept. 13. Hunters should arrive by 5 a.m. Pre-registration is required; contact Dave Carson at (480) 987- 4825.

Participants for this hunt can attend a beginners’ dove hunting seminar and orientation at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Game and Fish Mesa regional office at 7200 E. University Drive.

Remember, for any of these hunts, youths ages 14-17 must have a valid hunting license, and those age 16 and older must also purchase an Arizona Migratory Bird Stamp.

One Response to “Introduce a youngster to dove hunting at juniors’ outings”

  1. My sons are ages 14 & 12. I would like to take advantage of the dove hunting opportunity at Robbins Butte. Dove season opens Tuesday, Sept. 1st, and I understand the juniors oportunity at Robbins Butte is not available until Saturday, Sept. 6th. I would appreciate your clarification response.

    Thank you.
    Norm Davis

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