A week later than in past years, the opening date of dove season actually represents a bit of a compromise.
Due to the first day of September falling on Monday, commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission pushed opening date back a week to accommodate a full weekend of dove hunting. Arkansas's dove season opens Sept. 6.
The opening of dove season represents the traditional opening of fall hunting in Arkansas.
One of the first things hunters need to do is make sure they're HIP registered.
Harvest Information Program is the formal name, but everyone from hunters to license clerks just says HIP.
This is a mandatory federal program in effect in all states.
It's free, but hunters should remember they have to register for HIP each year in each state they hunt.
There is no cost, and the best way to register for HIP is when you buy a hunting license.
It's required for duck and goose hunting also.
The information is used for research and for setting future rules and regulations by wildlife authorities, both federal and state.
Arkansas' dove season first segment this year runs through Sept. 28.
The second season segment is Oct. 4 to Oct. 19.
The third segment is Dec. 13 to Jan. 2, 2009.
Except for the adjustment of dates, there are no changes in dove hunting rules in Arkansas this year.
The daily dove bag limit remains at 15, with possession limit 30.
Doves are migratory game birds, so federal rules of shotguns plugged to hold no more than three shells are in effect.
There is no daily or possession limits on the Eurasian collared dove.