Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- When it comes to premier dove hunting, there’s no place – certainly not in the U.S. — that offers better wing-shooting action than Yuma.
It’s a reputation that’s well-deserved. Banners on street poles welcome hunters by the thousands. Hotels and restaurants are packed. The lead story on the cover of Monday’s Yuma Sun newspaper? Dove hunting.
It’s a festival-like atmosphere, drawing thousands of dove hunters from across the state and Southwest who pump $2 million to $5 million into the city’s economy, according to the Yuma Visitors Bureau.
A group of eight hunters, including a California couple whose outdoors passions include bird hunting throughout North America, couldn’t wait for the sun to come up Tuesday morning and usher in the beginning of the 2015 season. They would be hunting private farmland near Tacna, about 40 miles east of Yuma, in a field of wheat stubble edged by cottonwood trees and thick scrub.
It wasn’t long after first light when a wave of mourning doves came darting and diving across the field, providing a flurry of fast-paced shooting action. The flights weren’t steady, …read more