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Dove season to start five days late

July 10, 2014 at 2:10 a.m.

Folks wanting to go dove hunting in the South Zone, which includes Victoria County, will have to wait an extra five days after Thursday's announcement of dove and teal hunting seasons.

AUSTIN - Hunters can now finalize their hunting plans for the upcoming seasons.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the 2014-15 Texas dove season, which includes a 70-day season and 15-bird daily bag across the state. A 16-day early teal and Canada goose seasons were also approved, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Thursday.

The South Zone, which includes Victoria County, and the Special White-Winged Dove Area will have their first hunting segments shortened by five days. Those five days will be added to the end of the first hunting segment.

The South Zone will open Sept. 19 and will run through Oct. 20. The second segment will begin Dec. 19 and finish Jan. 25, 2015.

North and Central zones will keep the traditional Sept. 1 opening date, which falls on Labor Day this year. The first segment will end early, though, on Oct. 20. The season will reopen Dec. 19 and will stay open until Jan. 7, 2015.

Across the state, the daily bag limit is 15, and the possession limit is 45.

The early teal season will last 16 days across the state, beginning Sept. 13 and ending Sept. 28. The daily bag limit will remain six with a possession limit of 18.



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