The economic impact of hunting remains significant in Texas, and especially in this part of the state. But that fact is sometimes not recognized until deer season later in the year.

Dove season opened Tuesday, but it will be this weekend before many hunters will take the opportunity to step into their favorite fields. And lucky for them ó it will be the Labor Day weekend.

Last week, the Bangs Lions Club held its 44th annual Dove Warm Up, and thatís an amazing streak in itself. But the proceeds from the event have again provided club members with funds they use throughout the year to support youth programs and other worthwhile projects.

This Saturday, the Coleman County Dove Festival planned by the countyís wildlife committee will feature a virtual skeet shoot competition and a catfish lunch, all at the Bill Franklin Center.

And in Rising Star, the annual huntersí luncheon at the American Legion building will be held. The bonus is that proceeds will help raise funds for the Rising Star Volunteer Fire Department.

Hunters, whether they come from nearby or far away, are fond of attending such functions. Thatís good, because itís a way local folks can express their appreciation for choosing our communities to enjoy their outdoor sports.

Brownwood Bulletin