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Clubs prepare for dove hunting season, Sept. 1
Dove season opens Sept. 1; however, several of the clubs in town are getting ready to welcome the dove hunters.The Palo Verde Improvement Association plans to host a dinner for the hunters, while other organizations are thinking about serving breakfast to the hungry dove hunters before they go out to hunt each day. There is no restaurant in town for the dove hunters so getting a hot cup of coffee before braving the day, is almost impossible. Residents have been waiting for the restaurant in town to open but so far no one seems to want to do this. It is very important to get permission before entering onto the farms in the area. Most farmers allow hunters to go into their farms to hunt, but many farmers have become skeptical in the past few years, because after killing the birds and cleaning them, many of the hunters leave the mess behind on the farmer’s land.  In addition, hunters have been careless about leaving cans and trash for the property owners to clean.Jose Garza has been in town all week spotting the best places to find the dove. And according to Garza, the dove seem to be plentiful. Bill Harris has been coming to town each dove season for years.  According to him, Palo Verde and the surrounding areas are the best place in southern California to hunt.“It is sad to me to see the town almost become a ghost town.  I can remember when there were dozens of businesses in Palo Verde,” Harris said.“I do not understand why no one seems to want to invest in the small town. It has lots of traffic passing through town daily. There are also many times during the year when events happen that hundreds of folks come here.”Garza is a well-known chef, but he looks forward to hunting in Palo Verde, and takes his limits of dove home at the finish of the week’s hunt.“I do not understand why hunters waste so much of the doves’ meat,” said Garza. “Most hunters just use the breast of the dove, when other parts of the dove can be utilized.”He shares his recipe with other dove hunters with hopes that they will try it and enjoy.Jose’s Dove DelicacyClean the dove as usual but instead of throwing the legs and heart and gizzard away, save them to make a thin gravy by adding these parts to four cups of water with salt and pepper and boil until soft. Cut these pieces into smaller pieces, then mix well and add to enough prepared stuffing  mix to a smooth consistency. Then wash the inside of the dove and add the stuffing mixture into the body. This recipe is enough for four to six dove. Add the dove to a long baking pan and cover with one can of chicken boullion. Cook in a 350-degree oven for one hour.Kathy Mars and granddaughter Season Porter returned recently from a week trip to Nevada where they visited with Mars’ husband Julian. They took their two dogs with them and according to Kathy the dogs made the trip very well.The Desert Raiders spent last week at Norma Dale’s home south of town at the river. Every two years, the group makes the trip to Palo Verde to hold elections. This year, Freddie Anderson was given the honor of the Desert Raiders new president. Most of the Desert Rider members are coming back for dove season.Residents are being warned to be careful when driving south, as many burros pass across the highway and a number of accidents have occurred.
Dove season opens Sept. 1; however, several of the clubs in town are getting ready to welcome the dove hunters.

The Palo Verde Improvement Association plans to host a dinner for the hunters, while other organizations are thinking about serving breakfast to the hungry dove hunters before they go out to hunt each day. There is no restaurant in town for the dove hunters so getting a hot cup of coffee before braving the day, is almost impossible. Residents have been waiting for the restaurant in town to open but so far no one seems to want to do this.

It is very important to get permission before entering onto the farms in the area. Most farmers allow hunters to go into their farms to hunt, but many farmers have become skeptical in the past few years, because after killing the birds and cleaning them, many of the hunters leave the mess behind on the farmer’s land. In addition, hunters have been careless about leaving cans and trash for the property owners to clean.

Jose Garza has been in town all week spotting the best places to find the dove. And according to Garza, the dove seem to be plentiful.

Bill Harris has been coming to town each dove season for years. According to him, Palo Verde and the surrounding areas are the best place in southern California to hunt.

“It is sad to me to see the town almost become a ghost town. I can remember when there were dozens of businesses in Palo Verde,” Harris said.

“I do not understand why no one seems to want to invest in the small town. It has lots of traffic passing through town daily. There are also many times during the year when events happen that hundreds of folks come here.”

Garza is a well-known chef, but he looks forward to hunting in Palo Verde, and takes his limits of dove home at the finish of the week’s hunt.

“I do not understand why hunters waste so much of the doves’ meat,” said Garza. “Most hunters just use the breast of the dove, when other parts of the dove can be utilized.”

He shares his recipe with other dove hunters with hopes that they will try it and enjoy.

Jose’s Dove Delicacy

Clean the dove as usual but instead of throwing the legs and heart and gizzard away, save them to make a thin gravy by adding these parts to four cups of water with salt and pepper and boil until soft. Cut these pieces into smaller pieces, then mix well and add to enough prepared stuffing mix to a smooth consistency. Then wash the inside of the dove and add the stuffing mixture into the body. This recipe is enough for four to six dove. Add the dove to a long baking pan and cover with one can of chicken boullion. Cook in a 350-degree oven for one hour.

Kathy Mars and granddaughter Season Porter returned recently from a week trip to Nevada where they visited with Mars’ husband Julian. They took their two dogs with them and according to Kathy the dogs made the trip very well.

The Desert Raiders spent last week at Norma Dale’s home south of town at the river. Every two years, the group makes the trip to Palo Verde to hold elections. This year, Freddie Anderson was given the honor of the Desert Raiders new president. Most of the Desert Rider members are coming back for dove season.

Residents are being warned to be careful when driving south, as many burros pass across the highway and a number of accidents have occurred.


Dove season opens Sept. 1; however, several of the clubs in town are getting ready to welcome the dove hunters.

The Palo Verde Improvement Association plans to host a dinner for the hunters, while other organizations are thinking about serving breakfast to the hungry dove hunters before they go out to hunt each day. There is no restaurant in town for the dove hunters so getting a hot cup of coffee before braving the day, is almost impossible. Residents have been waiting for the restaurant in town to open but so far no one seems to want to do this.

It is very important to get permission before entering onto the farms in the area. Most farmers allow hunters to go into their farms to hunt, but many farmers have become skeptical in the past few years, because after killing the birds and cleaning them, many of the hunters leave the mess behind on the farmer's land. In addition, hunters have been careless about leaving cans and trash for the property owners to clean.

Jose Garza has been in town all week spotting the best places to find the dove. And according to Garza, the dove seem to be plentiful.

Bill Harris has been coming to town each dove season for years. According to him, Palo Verde and the surrounding areas are the best place in southern California to hunt.

"It is sad to me to see the town almost become a ghost town. I can remember when there were dozens of businesses in Palo Verde," Harris said.

"I do not understand why no one seems to want to invest in the small town. It has lots of traffic passing through town daily. There are also many times during the year when events happen that hundreds of folks come here."

Garza is a well-known chef, but he looks forward to hunting in Palo Verde, and takes his limits of dove home at the finish of the week's hunt.

"I do not understand why hunters waste so much of the doves' meat," said Garza. "Most hunters just use the breast of the dove, when other parts of the dove can be utilized."

He shares his recipe with other dove hunters with hopes that they will try it and enjoy.

Jose's Dove Delicacy

Clean the dove as usual but instead of throwing the legs and heart and gizzard away, save them to make a thin gravy by adding these parts to four cups of water with salt and pepper and boil until soft. Cut these pieces into smaller pieces, then mix well and add to enough prepared stuffing mix to a smooth consistency. Then wash the inside of the dove and add the stuffing mixture into the body. This recipe is enough for four to six dove. Add the dove to a long baking pan and cover with one can of chicken boullion. Cook in a 350-degree oven for one hour.

Kathy Mars and granddaughter Season Porter returned recently from a week trip to Nevada where they visited with Mars' husband Julian. They took their two dogs with them and according to Kathy the dogs made the trip very well.

The Desert Raiders spent last week at Norma Dale's home south of town at the river. Every two years, the group makes the trip to Palo Verde to hold elections. This year, Freddie Anderson was given the honor of the Desert Raiders new president. Most of the Desert Rider members are coming back for dove season.

Residents are being warned to be careful when driving south, as many burros pass across the highway and a number of accidents have occurred.




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