Dove season opens in area counties Saturday, and special programs designed to welcome hunters to the area will be held in several cities — Brownwood, Coleman and Rising Star among them.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host its “Open Season Dove Hunters Lunch” from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brownwood Coliseum. Hunters will enjoy an all-you-can-eat fried catfish meal catered by Lemons BBQ. Local businesses and service providers will have booth displays, and each exhibitor will give away a door prize worth at least $75. Some of the items already on hand include a BSA scope, leather rifle scope/saddle scalbert, gift cards with values of $75 to $100, shotgun shells, a father and youth wild boar hunt, hunting equipment and wildlife art.
The top prizes are five shotguns, including Remingtons, Mossbergs, and Over-and-Unders. Hunters get one chance to win a gun when they buy their meal ticket for $10, or $6 for children age 12 and under. Extra chances may be bought for $5 each.
Entertainment by local musicians will include the five finalists for the Brownwood Reunion Celebration’s “Brown County’s Got Talent” show will play “unplugged” throughout the lunch. They are Emmanuel Jimeniz, Mike Hricko, Tyler Goodwin, James Carruth and Carson Stafford.
Prizes and guns will be given away continuously until 1:30 p.m., and winners must be present to claim them.
Meanwhile, the Coleman County Dove Hunters Festival and Fish Lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coleman County Youth Center. It is located in the rodeo grounds just south of the city limits on Highway 206.
All-you-can-eat fried catfish will be served for $10 a plate. Door prizes featuring six shotguns will be given away, and a ticket to win is included with each paid meal. Admission is free to all active duty military personnel.
The Rising Star Chamber of Commerce and Wolf’s Hunting Den will hold a dove hunters’ lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall on South Main Street in Rising Star. Beans with cornbread and sausage wraps will be served at no charge to anyone with a hunting license. Others may eat for $4 per person.
Billie Mercer of Coleman contributed to this report.