OUTDOORS: Longest dove season in 80 years set

White-winged Dove close-up looking up

Texas dove hunters can look forward to the longest season in 80 years, with dates the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted recently.
A new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days compared to previous years.
The additional days will be integrated early in the season to take advantage of birds migrating into the state, and during the end-of-season special white-winged dove for more wingshooting opportunities.
Here are dates set for the 2016-17 season.

Dove
North Zone: Sept. 1-Nov. 13; Dec. 17-Jan. 1 2017.
Central Zone: Sept. 1-Nov. 6; Dec. 17-Jan. 8, 2017.
South Zone: Sept. 23-Nov. 13; Dec. 17-Jan. 23, 2017
The daily bag limit for doves is 15, with the possession limit set at 45.

Texas Bass Classic

The Texas Bass Classic field is set as 36 anglers participate in this world-renowned fishing tournament from May 20-22 at Lake Ray Roberts in Sanger.
This marks the 10th anniversary for the fishing tournament, highlighted by the return of defending champion Brent Ehrler and 2016 Bassmaster Classic champion Edwin Evers.
The field is made up of the top-15 anglers from the 2015 angler of the year points from both the Fishing League Worldwide Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series. There also are six exemptions.
2015 FLW Angler of the Year Scott Martin and Keith Combs, three-time Texas Bass Classic champion also are part of the competition.
There are a combined 16 angler of the year titlists in the field, both eight from the FLW and Bassmaster tours, 19 major championship titles, 179 tour victories and more than $60 million in career earnings.
Exemptions are Randy Howell, Mike Iaconelli, Kelly Jordon, Terry Scroggins, Gerald Swindle and Ehrler. Read more on both stories in the April 13 Bowie News.

Dove season for 2016-17 will be the longest in 80 years. (Courtesy photo from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)