Hunting season opens with a bang

(L-R) Colton McKee, 11, Hudson Daniel, 9 months, Lucas Connor, 12, Tate McKee, 8, and Anderson Ingold, 4, at an opening day hunt on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Randolph County

ASHEBORO — Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer for many but it’s also the beginning of hunting season. The first hunt of the season for North Carolina sportsmen is often opening day of dove hunting on the Labor Day Saturday.

Dove hunting season is separated into three segments: Sept. 4 through Oct. 2, Nov. 6 through Nov. 27 and Dec. 9 through Jan. 31. All hunters must follow applicable migratory game bird licensing requirements and hunting regulations. The daily bag limit is 15 mourning or white-winged doves, either as single species or combined, and shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Hunting of migratory game birds by any method is not allowed on Sundays.

Here’s a look at a few Randolph County hunters on the first day of the season.

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