- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 31, 2003

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

It might be a little hot, even downright uncomfortable, and the last thing you’d think about is a hunter’s usually required libation: hot coffee. But hot weather or not, the beginning of September marks the start of another hunting season in the states surrounding the District.

Starting tomorrow, local dove hunting seasons begin in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Virginia dove hunters have Sept.1-Sept.27, Oct.8-Nov.8, and Dec.31-Jan.10 to sit and wait for mourning doves.

Marylanders also can start tomorrow for their doves. The first part of the season runs through Oct.18, then there’s a season from Nov.10-Nov.15, followed by Dec.20 through Jan.3.

In Pennsylvania, it’s Sept.1-Oct.4, Nov.1-Nov.29 and Dec.26-Jan.1.

If you manage to get a daily limit of 12 doves, they can be mighty tasty if browned in a pot along with sliced onions, then covered with water and allowed to simmer until tender. Add plenty of salt and pepper, maybe a few slivers of garlic, then thicken the liquid with a small amount of cornstarch mixed with cold water. Allow the liquid to boil, then slowly add the thickening.

Locally bred Canada geese, nowadays referred to as resident geese to distinguish them from their cousins that will migrate south from the northern U.S. and Canada in November, also can be hunted starting tomorrow.

Virginia’s resident goose hunt runs from Sept.1 through Sept.25; Maryland’s goes from Sept.1 through Sept.15 in the eastern zone (generally those counties east of I-95), with western zone goose shooters allowed to hunt through Sept.25. The Pennsylvania early goose season runs from Sept.1 through Sept.25. All three states allow you to shoot five geese per day.

— Gene Mueller

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