Thankful to enjoy a gathering of extended family for the Thanksgiving holiday, starting the day with a dove hunt seemed like the proper thing to do. A thorough safety talk was conducted before the hunters entered the field and loaded their guns. Several youths under the age of 16 carried shotguns into the dove field with anticipation of shooting some birds. As the guns fired a tradition of hunting was passed along as a symbol of something important to the next generation.
For past blog entries on dove hunting click here.
PhotosByJeffDennis: Two of the Hudgens boys enjoyed hunting doves together; Heyward Benton fires his great-grandfather's bolt-action shotgun during the dove hunt; The youth hunters assemble for a photo after the hunt; The Benton farmers hunt together when time allows