Dove hunting is the perfect way to spend this autumn season as September is the dove season, our blog dove hunting has described the three groups the dove have been classified.
Here we are going to discuss some physical characteristics of game hunting dove species.
Only three species of dove are considered as legal game birds, and these are,
Zenaida macroura, mourning dove, is the most common game birds in North America. The mourning dove is also known as rain dove and American mourning dove. The mourning dove breed in the warm season and also known to have more than 5 subspecies.
90% of their diet contains seeds and grains, they rarely eat insects. They love to eat rapeseed, sweet gum seeds, pine nuts, corn, sesame, millet, safflower, wheat, and sunflower seeds.
The mourning dove hunting season starts in September and lasts till October. It is legal to hunt mourning dove in Kansas, Arizona and Missouri, Mexico. They are also present in Canada. Mourning dove is a migratory dove specie.
Streptopelia decaocto, known as Eurasian collared dove or simply collared dove. The collared dove is a small dove.
Collared dove mainly feed on grains, seeds, insects and shoots. The dove live near human habitation and visits the livestock grain stores for their food. They mostly fly in flocks.
It is commonly present in Asia, Europe. It is not a migratory specie of dove. In North America, the collared dove has an invasive specie status.
Zenaida asiatica, and white-winged doves, are larger than other doves. The older name of white-winged dove is “Sonora pigeon” as their appearance is half like pigeon and half like dove. Hunters mostly love to encounter white winged doves in summer and spring season rather than in fall season. White-winged dove has 5 recognized subspecies.
The White-winged dove mainly feed on grains, seeds and fruits. They also feed on pollen and nectar.
White-winged dove are mostly present in the southwest states of America. It can survive in all environments and inhabit the urban areas, deserts, and even scrubs. In America its range extended to Texas, Mexico, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and also introduced to Florida.
Dove hunting is not a hard science, you must know about the locations and state rules and regulations. Dove are very sensitive small game birds and hunting pressure greatly affect their presence in a certain area. Late fall season hunting with favorable conditions will surely be a good experience.
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