COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Hunters grabbed their guns and kicked off hunting season in Covington County Saturday. A group of friends from that area got together to hunt doves for their Labor Day tradition.
"Dove hunting is an opportunity for us to come together as a group of friends," said hunter Quinn Bullock.
Gun fire echoed through the hunting range as the eager hunters kept a sharp eye out for their next target.
"You go to be ready at all times, and they fly fast, real fast fliers," said hunter Anthony Bourne.
However, Bourne said he enjoys a good challenge and said its one of his favorite birds to hunt.
"They come in 10, 15 and 20 at a time that's when you get your gun hot," Bourne said.
For these men, hunting is important part of their friendship and is something they enjoy doing together.
"We aren't scared of making fun of ourselves," Bullock said. "We are just some critters chasing some critters in the woods."
Brooke Sanders, another hunter in the group, likes to bring his son with him on his hunting trips because they make a good team.
"I have him here so he can help watch for birds when they are coming in," Sanders said. "I can watch one way and he can watch another so just awesome stuff."
All of the men agree that their favorite part of hunting season is being able to eat afterward.
"We will throw them on the grill, have a good time and throw some hamburgers on there," said hunter Brittney Norman.
Norman said it's a tradition to make dove wrapped with cream cheese, bacon and jalapenos.
However, at the end of the day it's about spending time with friends and family.
"It's the camaraderie everyone getting together, the best time of the year," Bourne said.