6 Tips for Dove Field Safety


American Hunter‘s Kyle Wintersteen says hunting is not only enjoyable but safe. He cites the most recent research from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which shows that hunting with a firearm is safer than playing tennis, golf, or even jogging. But, as Wintersteen notes, complacent hunters can put fellow hunters in danger. As with driving, hunters must be extra careful and hunt defensively to ensure their safety. Here, Wintersteen outlines six tips for dove hunting safety.


See and be seen. Remember to keep watching for hunters as you head into the field and after you’re set up. And help them see you: Even if an orange hat isn’t required by law, it’s always a good idea, especially when you’re walking in or retrieving a dove. If you keep track of hunters—and they’re able to keep track of you—you prevent any ill-advised shots.

Setting up at a safe distance (use common sense) is also simple courtesy, as nobody wants a hunter sitting right next to them. And if hunters spread out across the field, you’ll keep the doves moving and better ensure a few shots for all.

Photos: Arizona Game and Fish Department (top); American Hunter (above)

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.