Do they still open the dove season on September 1st? If so, it starts today. Dove hunting is one of the few hunting sports where the southwestern U.S. can boast it probably has the best. Twenty years or so ago, I hunted doves every year. We would go over to AZ and hunt out of Mesa. But I put the guns away some time back and haven't done much bird hunting since. I miss it. I'm sure where we used to hunt (down toward Florence out of Mesa) is probably all houses and shopping centers now. (If anyone is familiar with that area, tell me - am I right?) Early dawn, birds start to fly, hotter than hell, knocking down white wings - I really do miss it.