When dove hunting season opens Saturday in the Brownwood area, a “new year” for outdoorsmen will arrive. It’s an exciting time for men and women who enjoy this sport, and it’s important that everyone understands the economic significance their recreational pursuits hold — even for those who don’t participate.

For years, many area counties have held special programs, even weekend festivals, to celebrate the new hunting season and welcome the hunters who travel many miles to leases in this part of the state. This year, Brownwood will join that number with an “open season lunch” at the Brownwood Coliseum on Saturday.

A fried catfish feast with all the fixings will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by the Brownwood Area Chamber of Chamber staff and the chamber’s Ambassadors. Five guns will be given as door prizes. Wildlife displays, booth exhibits and a variety of other door prizes will be awarded in addition to the guns, and local businesses have been invited to have a display booth to promote their products and services.

The region is a prime dove hunting area, so hundreds of enthusiasts will be arriving during the next two months while the season is open. The fall season ends on Oct. 30, but it will be quickly followed by the white-tailed deer and turkey season beginning Nov. 3. Each of these seasons will bring a constant flow of visitors from other parts of Texas as well as outside the state who are prepared to spend significant amounts of money enjoying their sport. This luncheon on Saturday is just one way the community can welcome them.

Brownwood Bulletin