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It is time for dove hunters in the south zone to speak up and let our LDWF commissioners know that we need a later dove season. Closing on Jan. 2nd makes no sense. Back in a day we used to have decent hunting for a day or two in the first split and even during the opening in October for the second split, but things have changed and the bulk of our birds arrive late. By late I mean Christmas to late January. For the last 8 years, I have watched large concentrations of birds arrive as late as February without being able to hunt them. This year we also had a 15 bird limit. It sounds nice on paper, but they take days away to compensate for the increase in bag. I think in order to get better hunting, we need to have the last split go to at least Jan. 22nd. The framework, if I understood correctly goes to the end of Jan.. There are several ways to have this occur, but whatever it is needs to be done in order for us to get more quality hunting. No matter what go back to the 12 bird limit and give us our days back. I have been a dove hunter all my life and these early closing seasons have caused me to make very few hunts and not quality until right at the end. The only way for this to get changed is to write or call the LDWF commissioners and let them know. Let's get this done and good hunting to all.