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Adam Rush, 16, and Jared Austin, 12, with some of the doves they shot on a hunt sponsored by McPherson Pheasants Forever.
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Christian Lehr with a dove he shot.
White-winged doves, not usually common in Kansas, were surprisingly common Saturday morning in McPherson County.
Mike Christensen of the Pass It On - Outdoors Mentors program gives a safety talk before the hunt began Saturday morning.
Christian Lehr, right, hands a dove to Chaz Oliver. Oliver shot five doves Saturday morning. Lehr got two.
Delbert Johnson, left, holds the shotgun while his grandsons Gage Schneider, right, and Landon Schneider, watch for doves.
A youth and his mentor take a break to eat some donuts before hunting more at the McPherson Valley Wetlands.
Christian Lehr, left, and his LIttle Brother, Chaz Oliver, come back from retrieving a dove the 10-year-old shot Saturday morning.
Chaz Oliver, 10, with some of the doves he shot Saturday morning at the McPherson Valley Wetlands.
Chaz Oliver, left, and Christian Lehr shoot at doves at the McPherson Valley Wetlands on Saturday's opening of dove season.
Mike Christensen takes a photo of Christian Lehr and Chaz Oliver.
Mike Christensen, of the Pass It On-Outdoors Mentors program takes photos of some of his group with doves they shot Saturday morning.
Christian Lehr kneels in sunflowers and watches for uncoming doves.
Chaz Oliver tries a shot at a passing dove on Saturday morning's opening of the season.
Good dove hunts mean lots of shootingÉand lots of empty shells.
Cody Murrell runs back to his seat after retrieving a white-winged dove he shot Saturday morning.
Chaz Oliver with one of five doves he shot Saturday morning. The 10-year-old said dove hunting is more fun than video games, but they're harder to hit than clay targets.
A sign at the McPherson Valley Wetlands says the 30-acre field of sunflowers was reserved for youth and their mentors Saturday morning.
Christian Lehr, left, hands a dove to Chaz Oliver. It took the 10-year-old more than 25 shells to hit his first bird Saturday morning, but he did well after that.
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