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Volunteers Needed For Post-Dove Hunt Clean Up

Yuma, Ariz. —With Dove Hunt season quickly approaching, Visit Yuma is organizing its annual Dove Hunt Clean Up. Volunteers are needed for the early morning clean up on Saturday, September 21. "It's our way of giving back to the farmers who leave their fields open for the hunting season," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. 

Each year, dozens of volunteers comb the fields and farm roads to pick up shotgun shells and any trash they find. Volunteers meet at Sprague's, 345 W. 32nd St., in Yuma, at 6 a.m. Breakfast burritos are provided for the first 100 volunteers who preregister, and maps, gloves, water and trash bags are provided, too. Volunteers provide their own transportation. 

This year, raffle tickets will be given out to volunteers who sign up in advance, show up and return with collected trash during the clean up.

Known as the Dove Hunting Capital of the World, the countryside around Yuma makes is prime hunting ground, and hunters arrive in Yuma from all over the United States. The first dove hunt season starts on September 1 and goes until September 15. A second season commences later in November. Both seasons allow hunters to take white-winged doves, mourning doves, and Eurasian doves. During the kickoff weekend there are many events oriented to the hunters, with barbeques and contests. The World Championship Dove Cook-Off is on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with the City of Yuma's Celebrate the Heat Luau, all taking place in Historic Downtown Yuma.

The post-dove hunt clean up is one more event  to add to the fun. "Get together a group of friends, and get in your early morning walk while picking up some trash," said Morgan. Those interested in volunteering should contact Marlene,

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