Gov. Jay Nixon joins fellow hunters after a successful opening morning of dove season on the property of Chuck Drury in Pike County, Mo. An avid hunter, Gov. Nixon bagged the personal daily limit of 15 doves on opening morning. The Governor was joined on his hunt by various Missouri conservation leaders, including Chuck Drury; Dave Murphy, executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri; Travis Scott, of the Conservation Federation; and Tim Brooks, state chapter president of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Joining thousands of fellow sportsmen across Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon bagged the state limit of 15 doves per hunter on the opening morning of dove season.
"Whether it's hunting for doves, deer or turkey, or fishing on one of our beautiful lakes or streams, enjoying the outdoors is a part of our Missouri legacy," Gov. Nixon said. "Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities are wonderful traditions passed down from generation to generation in Missouri. That is only possible because of the tireless efforts of groups like the Conservation Federation and the support of dedicated Missourians who ensure that we continue to preserve and protect our priceless natural resources."
A lifelong sportsman, angler and outdoorsman, Gov. Nixon has continued to promote hunting and fishing as important activities in Missouri. Under the Governor's leadership, the state has increased the capacity of the Share the Harvest program, which allows hunters to donate venison to people in need through the state's network of food banks. Because of additional resources made available by Gov. Nixon, that program now has the capacity to accept up to 10,000 deer annually.