Game and Fish Youth Dove Hunting Clinic in Safford September 1 – 2

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Arizona Game and Fish: The Southeastern Arizona Sportsman Club is one of the sponsors for the Arizona Game and Fish Youth Dove Hunting Clinic on Sept. 1 – 2 in the Safford area.

Contributed Article/Courtesy Arizona Game and Fish

SAFFORD – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a free clinic and workshop for youth dove hunting on Sept. 1 – 2 in Safford.

The event is geared toward youth who are first-time hunters. Game and Fish wildlife managers and local sportsmen will teach hunting and firearm safety, dove ecology and management, species identification, how to prepare equipment and clothing for a hunt, where to find doves and how to hunt them, as well as cleaning and cooking doves.

The clinic will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, in the Safford area. The clinic includes shooting instruction conducted by coaches, who will also cover safety information and techniques.

The program includes a dove hunt for participants from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Safford area with an experienced mentor/hunter. Parents are encouraged to accompany their youth hunters. Shotguns and ammunition will be available, but participants may also bring their own.

Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the hunting area unless prior arrangements are made. The Southeastern Arizona Sportsmen Club will provide lunch after the morning event.

Attendance is free but limited to 20 young hunters ages 9 to 15 with an adult partner. Hunters will be registered by phone or e-mail on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to as soon as possible for more information and to reserve a spot. The registration deadline is Aug. 28.

Participants age ten or older must purchase a valid Arizona Youth Hunting License for $5, which is not required for those under ten with a licensed adult 18 or older.

There is no cost to young hunters because of generous contributions from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Gila Valley Clay-Busters, Southeastern Arizona Sportsmen Club, and the hunting community.