Welcome to Yuma, Dove Hunters!
Yuma is the Dove Hunting Capital of the United States. The 2019-2020 Dove Hunting Season kicks off on Sunday September 1st at 1/2 hour before sunrise and runs through Sunday September 15th at sunset. We’ve got plenty of ideas for how you can spend your time out of the fields. Here’s the Top 9 Things to Do While You Visit Yuma for Dove Hunting!
- Enter the Big Breast Contest
Win Big this year! There is no entry fee or early registration required for Sprague’s 31st Annual Big Breast Contest. White wing and mourning dove are weighed in and you must have one wing attached. Enter daily, September 1st and 2nd and make sure to bring your hunting license to win the Top Prize of $800. Sprague’s Sports is located at 345 W 32nd Street. Call 928-726-0022 for more information.
- Shop Spragues
Sprague’s Sporting is Yuma’s Dove Hunting Headquarters. Sprague’s has been in business in the same location since 1956. They stock and sell all major lines of products and are known for their level of customer service and product knowledge of guns. You can purchase all of your last minutes supplies including ammo, gear and guns too. Licenses are also available on site.
- Shoot in the Clint Curry Memorial Youth Dove Hunt
Kids ages 10-16 (who can safely handle a shotgun) are welcome to the hunt, September 1st. Sign up begins at 4:30 a.m. and the hunt ends at 10 a.m. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Mentors will also be on site to assist new hunters. To get there head West .7 mile from Avenue 18E and Co. 6th Street. Hunters ages 10 and up must have a valid Arizona Hunting licence. For more information call 928-920-5178.
- Fill Up at the Dove Hunter’s BBQ
The 13th Annual Mike Mitchell Memorial BBQ is presented by the Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club and the Southwest Wildlife Foundation. Doors open Saturday August 31st at 4:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:00 pm. The whole family is invited to the Yuma Civic Center for food, a live auction, a silent auction, games and raffles. Tickets are $25, children 12 and younger are $10. Proceeds for the event will benefit youth and wildlife conservation efforts. The Civic Center is located at 1440 Desert Hills Drive.
Start off Dove Season with a bang! Head over to the Yuma Trap & Skeet Club's pre-season shoot. To get there head down Highway 95 -15 miles east of Yuma, turn West on Adair Range Road and it’s the first range on the right. It starts at 7 a.m., until they can't get a full squad. $5 to shoot. For more information, call Bob Avila, (928) 919-0622. Proceeds from the shoot benefit the Youth Scholastic Clay Target Program.
- Go to the Cleaning Party
Chretin's welcomes back dove hunters with a "You Shoot, We Clean, You Party" breakfast. Cretin's is serving breakfast Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Your birds will be cleaned by a community youth group starting at 8 a.m. Chretin's chefs start cooking up your plucked birds starting at 9 a.m. Chretin’s is located at 505 E 16th Street. Call 928-782-1291 for more information.
- Check Out the Murphy’s Gun & Knife Show
The Yuma Gun & Knife Show will be held on Aug 31st-Sep 1st at the Yuma Civic Center. The event is hosted by Collectors West/Murphy Gun Shows and will include knives, holsters, ammo, antiques, scopes and more. Show hours are Saturday 9-4. Admission is $8, children under 16 are free with an adult.
- Taste the 2019 World Championship Dove Cook-Off & Pint Night
The Arizona Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is hosting the cook-off at the Pint House Bar & Grill. Regional chefs will create their best “dove dish” on the grill. They’ll be judged on dish presentation, flavor, creativity, and hosting. The cook-off kicks off Saturday, September 7th at 7 p.m. The Pint House is located at 265 Main Street.
- Experience Historic Downtown Yuma
Spend your time out of the field exploring Yuma’s downtown. Several of our most popular restaurants are located downtown including Lute’s Casino, Da Boyz Italian Cuisine, Pint House Bar & Grill, 2FIFTY1 Downtown, and Prison Hill Brewery. Check out downtown’s newest hotspot Red Moon Ale House. The arcade offers a full menu and games for players of all ages. Finally, bring your crew to the Escape Room Yuma for an interactive game experience. There, you get locked into a themed room for 60 minutes and the only escape is by solving puzzles and finding clues. Call today to reserve an Escape Room at 928-210-7470.