Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dove Cleaning and Cooking - Dove with Gravy - Video Recipe

Just one of many ways to prepare these delicious little birds (mourning doves). I only cooked up three - that is enough to fill me. But, if you have a bigger appetite I have good news - the daily bag limit is usually 10-20 birds. :)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

AR Game and Fish panel sets Sunday opening for dove hunting season

By Joe Mosby

Arkansas News Correspondent

The state Game and Fish Commission decided Thursday on a Sunday opening for this year’s dove hunting season.

The opening had sparked some debate among dove hunters. Most seasons traditionally open on Saturday. With Sept. 1 falling on a Sunday, the commission’s decision was between opening on a Sunday with the Labor Day holiday following the next day or waiting until Saturday. Sept. 7.
Federal regulations do not permit dove hunting to begin earlier that Sept. 1. The state wildlife agency kept tally on hunters’ opinions, and 57 percent favored the Sept. 1 opening and 43 percent preferred a Sept. 7 opening. Others were undecided.

Dates for duck and goose hunting, except for the early Canada goose hunts, will be set at the commission’s August meeting.

The early migratory bird seasons set Thursday:
—Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared Dove, Sept. 1-Oct. 20 and Dec. 21-Jan. 9.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Texas gets expanded area, bag limits for dove hunting

By Chris Smith

Texas bird hunters might consider investing in an extra box or two of shells this year to take advantage of increased bag and possession limits and expanded opportunities.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved for Texas this year an expanded Special White-Wing Dove Area (SWWDA), a six bird daily bag during the September teal season and increased possession limits for all migratory game birds.

The SWWDA will now extend eastward along its current boundary and continue south along Interstate 37 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, effectively doubling its current size.

“For the last two decades, white-winged dove populations have steadily expanded both their numbers and their geographical extent,” said Dave Morrison, Small Game Program Director with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We believe, and the Service agrees, an expansion is appropriate to take advantage of additional hunting opportunities.”

To take advantage of the earliest possible opening dates for the special area, the season will run Sept. 1 through Labor Day (Sept. 2), and then re-open Sept. 7-8.

The bag limit during the four-day season is 15 doves in the aggregate to include no more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves and hunting is permitted only from noon to sunset.
Dove season in the North and Central zones will run concurrent from Sept. 1-Oct. 20 and Dec. 20-Jan. 8. The South Zone dove season is set for Sept. 20-Oct. 27 and Dec. 20-Jan. 20, with the season in the SWWDA Sept. 20-Oct. 23 and Dec. 20-Jan. 20.

Also new this year, teal hunters will be able to take up to six teal daily during the statewide September teal-only season, set to run Sept.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Application Approaching for San Diego County Dove Hunt

The application deadline for dove hunting in the at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve is approaching quickly and hunters are encouraged to apply immediately. Only 20 hunters will be allowed to participate.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Upland Game Bird Stamp Program manage this unique opportunity to hunt for dove in the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in San Diego County. Applications are due Wed. Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. and are available on the CDFW website athttp://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/.

The dove hunt is Sat. Sept. 7, from 6 a.m. to sunset at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve in east San Diego County, between the towns of Jamul and Dulzura. The selected hunters will have access to the reserve from check-in time to sunset and may hunt in parties up to four people. Use of dogs is optional but dogs much be kept on a leash and in the owners immediate control at all times. CDFW will not be providing dogs for the hunt.

All hunters must have a valid 2013 hunting license and the proper hunter safety equipment in order to participate and will be allowed to take a maximum legal limit of dove. CDFW wildlife officers will be on hand to check equipment and ensure compliance with hunting laws and regulations.

For more information contact Nick Bechtel, CDFW Region 5 at (805) 965-3059.

Applications are available http://www.dfg.ca.gov/hunting/, for questions regarding application process please call (916) 445-3565.

Media Contacts:
Nick Bechtel, CDFW Region 5, (805) 965-3059
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944

Argentina Dove Hunting - June 2013 - Kuwait Group - Cordoba, Argentina - Video

Argentina Dove Hunting - June 2013 - Kuwait Group - Cordoba, Argentina

Dove hunting in Argentina, August 2012 - Phillip Thorrold with C&C Outfitters - Video

Dove hunting in Argentina, August 2012 - Phillip Thorrold with C&C Outfitters

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Alabama 2013 Dove Season

USFWS set the season frameworks in each state. Alabama has a 70-day season with a three-way split. Alabama’s dove seasons are in two zones. The north zone dates are Sept. 7-Oct. 6, Oct. 19-Nov. 2 and Dec. 7-Dec. 31. The south zone dates are Sept. 21-Sept. 29, Oct. 12-Oct. 27 and Nov. 29-Jan. 12. The bag limit and possession limit is 15 birds per person.

As always check your state rules and regs for updates / changes.

Alabama - New Planting Regulations to Ease Dove Hunting Restrictions

by David Rainer Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Understanding what constitutes legal dove hunting should be easier this fall after the Alabama Cooperative Extension System published new planting guidelines for Alabama.

In previous years, the state had been divided into three zones with three sets of acceptable planting dates for top-sown wheat. The new recommendations eliminate the zones and set the acceptable dates for top-sowing wheat as August 1 through November 30.

Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. had recently expressed to the Enforcement Section of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) that he wanted to remove the reluctance of hunters and landowners to participate in dove season for fear of running afoul of the regulations.

Commissioner Guy and the Enforcement Section met with the Extension System and discussed the concern. The Extension System recognized the need to update some planting recommendations and according produced the ANR-1467 brochure.

“Dove hunting is a tradition in Alabama that is much more than shooting birds,” Guy said. “It’s a social event where families and friends can come together, share a meal and reconnect, as well as enjoy a day in the dove field. We want to do everything possible to make sure that the dove-hunting tradition is preserved and revitalized.”

WFF Biologist Jeff Makemson, who has participated in the dove-banding project in recent years, said the change in acceptable planting dates is a big deal.

“That’s a huge change,” Makemson said. “The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), which is the authority on planting, just recently made that change. It allows the farmer more flexibility. It also removes some of the fear dove hunters have of hunting over a field with top-sown wheat.

“I think it’s a positive change. It’s hard to justify why one person in Marengo County and another person in the next county, say Greene County, had a 14-day difference on acceptable planting dates. That’s a substantial difference, especially when it comes to dove hunting. It’s just much more of a common-sense approach. The farmer, who has been planting for 40, 50 or 60 years, knows what to do. I also think it will put our dove hunters much more at ease.”

Because the mourning dove is a migratory bird, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has authority over the management of the birds. However, agricultural practices vary so widely from state to state that USFWS defers to the state Cooperative Extension Systems to determine what are normal agricultural operations in each state.

ACES has published a new brochure, “ANR-1467 Mourning Dove Biology and Management in Alabama,” that outlines the guidelines for dove management and acceptable agricultural practices that relate to dove hunting.

Makemson said the parameters and planting recommendations for wheat, other than the elimination of the zones, have remained the same.

“You still can’t pile wheat up on a field,” he said. “It has to be evenly distributed. Top-sowing is an acceptable practice, but it must be done on a prepared seed bed.”

The brochure states that multiple sowing of seeds on the same ground without a valid reason (drought or flooding) would not be a “normal” agricultural practice. Neither is any area where the wheat is piled, clumped or concentrated. The planting rate for top-sown wheat should not exceed 200 pounds per acre.
Makemson said he definitely noticed a decline in participation rates for dove hunting from the peak periods of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

“I have noticed it and have heard it from a lot of people,” he said. “Hunters love dove hunting, but it’s just not worth the risk of unknowingly violating the law. Most dove hunters aren’t experienced farmers. Go out for a good afternoon of shooting with family and friends and they end up being ticketed or arrested.

“I do think these new planting dates will ease some of that fear, for sure.”

Makemson said the best way hunters can make sure they are perfectly legal is to plant and manipulate standing crops.

“True dove management and dove managers have year-round management plans,” he said. “They just don’t top-sow wheat. The managers I know manipulate crops. They plant in the spring and leave wheat standing and start bush-hogging strips. The ones who plant and manage throughout the year are the ones who really reap the rewards.”

Makemson said the last dove-hunting survey conducted in Alabama showed that about 61,000 hunters spent about 100,000 days in the dove field with a harvest of a little more than 1 million birds.

“Nationally, mourning dove is the No. 1 hunted and harvested game bird in the U.S.,” he said. “The U.S. population is estimated at 380 million birds. All the research Ive seen is we’re not hurting the population. If it was hurting the population, the Fish and Wildlife Service wouldn’t allow it.

“They’re highly reproductive animals. There may be a few on the nest at the start of the season, but it’s not a significant amount. They will nest several times a year. They nest as early as February, and you may find some nesting in October. They’re prolific procreators. Those hatched early in the year will be reproductively active later in the year. That’s why we have such an abundance of mourning doves in Alabama.”

Makemson said he has been banding doves in Alabama for about 10 years. The project bands 1,000 or more doves per year.

“What we found out is the doves we band in July and August are resident birds,” he said. “They don’t migrate. Alabama has more birds that visit from other states than any other state in the nation. We harvest birds from 16 different states from as far away as Ohio and New England. Once you come south it’s hard to go anywhere else. We’re blessed in Alabama.”

USFWS set the season frameworks in each state. Alabama has a 70-day season with a three-way split. Alabama’s dove seasons are in two zones. The north zone dates are Sept. 7-Oct. 6, Oct. 19-Nov. 2 and Dec. 7-Dec. 31. The south zone dates are Sept. 21-Sept. 29, Oct. 12-Oct. 27 and Nov. 29-Jan. 12. The bag limit and possession limit is 15 birds per person.

Kevin Dodd, WFF Chief of Enforcement, said the new planting guidelines should make it easier on the state Conservation Enforcement Officers.

LA 2013 Dove Season Set


Because Labor Day falls on Sept. 2, the opening day in the dove season's North and South zones will be Sept. 7 with the customary noon opening time. After that, it's one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season: In the South Zone that's a first split ending Sept. 15 with Oct. 19-Dec. 1 and Dec. 21-Jan 6 splits to follow, while the North Zone's first split runs through Sept. 22 with Oct. 12-Nov. 10 and Dec. 14-Jan. 6 splits filling out the 70 days. There will be a 15-doves-per-day limit.