In an unprecedented move, the city of Uvalde has chosen to open the Uvalde Memorial Golf Course to dove hunting this fall.
According to city officials, sportsmen will pay $100 per hunt, either in the morning or afternoon, for the privilege of firing at the thousands of white-wing dove that pass directly over the course each day.
Hunting will be restricted to the first two weekends of September during the special white-wing dove season, which occurs south of Highway 90. The golf course will be closed to golfers during those two weekends, although hunters will have the option of playing while hunting.
“We feel that this is too good of an opportunity to pass up, as we anticipate that as many as 200 hunts could be staged in the morning and afternoon,” according to Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr.
For the two-week period, revenue could reach as high as $100,000, not including snacks, beverages and cart rentals sold through the golf course pro shop.
“That money would represent almost half of the income that the golf course generates in an entire year,” McLaughlin said. “It would go a long way toward improving the course, which is especially important in view of recent complaints about the condition of the putting surfaces.”
Officers from the Uvalde Police Department will be stationed at the course to help ensure that hunting is conducted safely. Hunters would be required to comply with all regulations of the Texas Department of Wildlife, including current licenses and adherence to bag limits.
As an added safety measure, the mayor pointed out that hunters/golfers will be limited to the purchase of one case of beer per two-man golf cart.
McLaughlin said a Calcutta will be conducted during the event in which hunters form teams of four. Participants will wager on which team achieves the lowest golf score and the highest bag count, based on number of shells expended. A cash pool will also be created to award any hunter killing a dove than lands in an actual golf hole. The hunter must call the hole ahead of time and shout, “Birdie!”
“Of course, the city will get a percentage of the money raised in the games,” McLaughlin added.
Hunters are urged to contact the city for reservations as soon as possible, as demand for hunting slots will be about as likely as it is that this story is true.
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