Most years, dove hunters have already gotten a hint of the smell of gun oil and burnt powder and have sweated in camo while picking up their chair every half hour and moving a few feet to stay in the shade. Dove season usually opens at noon on Saturday of Labor Day weekend, giving hunters two and a half days of hunting.
Because of the way the calendar works, this year is different. Labor Day falls on September 2, which means that the date for Saturday is August 31 and according to federal law, there can be no dove hunting during the month of August. Therefore, opening day will be at noon September 7, but there's nothing that says you can't have a barbecue under the trees opening morning; you just can't do it on August 31 and expect to wipe the barbecue sauce on your britches and hit the fields with your shotgun at noon.