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Whether you're a seasoned expert or a newcomer to dove hunting, there is no better place to be than Yuma for dove season. One obvious reason is location – wide-open desert vistas, acres of fields, beautiful sunrises, and endless clear skies. The setting alone makes you want to test your skills in the picturesque surroundings and share the experience.
This will be the 30th year for Sprague’s Sports Big Breast Contest, happening September 1 and 2. Hunters simply stop by Sprague’s with their largest mourning or white winged dove, cleaned with one wing attached, by noon on Sunday the 2nd. For more contest info call 928-726-0022.
Opening Day will conclude with the Mike Mitchell Memorial Dove Hunter’s BBQ Dinner at 6p.m. at Cocopah Bend RV and Golf Resort. The dinner will feature auctions, raffles, and games. The proceeds benefit youth and wildlife conservation efforts.
The 5th annual Clint Curry Memorial Youth Dove Hunt will take place in Dome Valley from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Arizona Game and Fish will be on site with licenses to purchase for kids 10 and older. For more info, call Brian Shad at 928-271-1234.
You can apply for a license online and obtain Arizona hunting information at the Arizona Game and Fish website, AZGFD.com. Detailed information specifically on the Yuma dove hunt, such as where to hunt and event details, is available at YumaDoveHunting.com. Many great things to see and do while in the Yuma area may be found at VisitYuma.com.
Yuma Art Center/Historic Yuma Theatre and the Yuma Civic Center offer a variety of stage shows and events, visit the city website for general events info or to purchase tickets online for selected events, go to the YumaShowTickets.com site.
The Yuma County Library District offers a wide variety of programs and classes at various branch locations. For a complete listing of events please visit their website at YumaLibrary.org.