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Dove season opens Sept. 1; hunters reminded to get HIP

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Dove season's first segment this year opens Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 23. The second and third segments are Oct. 5-20 and Dec. 14-Jan. 3, 2003. The daily bag limit remains at 15, with a possession limit of 30. Shotguns must be plugged to hold no more than three shells.

State and federal migratory waterfowl hunting stamps (duck stamps) are not required. But current registration for the Harvest Information Program (HIP) is a must for dove hunters. This is a mandatory federal program in effect in all states. It's free, but hunters should remember they have to register for HIP in each state they hunt.

"The best thing to do is register for HIP when you buy new licenses," said Ray Sebren of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. "You can do it all at once, on the same piece of paper - hunting license, fishing license, state duck stamp, federal duck stamp and HIP registration."

Anyone hunting doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, rails and gallinules in Arkansas must be registered in the HIP program. HIP registrations expire on June 30 each year.



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