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Dove Hunting Season Opens - Abundance Of Birds

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Dove hunting season has officially started and Monday morning hunters took advantage of the flocks of Mourning Doves. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources tells TV6 over thirty hunters were at the hunting grounds before sun-up to get a good spot.

 

Legally, hunters could start shooting at 5:58 AM today, half an hour before sunrise.

Conservation officers say doves are easy to spot they are light brownish-grey in color, they have small heads, elliptical wings, long tapered tails and fly with steady wing beats.

Hunters can bag fifteen mourning doves each day, but there is a possession limit of thirty.

To actively hunt doves you must register with the harvest information program or "HIP" prior to hunting and there is a fee to pay.

The continent's most abundant game bird became legal in Iowa, as the Iowa legislature allowed the season in 2011. Wildlife officials expand food plots and dove fields, in the months leading up to the hunting season.

In the QCA DNR Management planted fields of sunflowers to attract the mourning dove. As a result, the doves are abundant.

"The fields that are set up are a bunch of sunflower fields and what the state will do is they'll grow them all year round then they will mow them down several weeks before the season. The doves will just use them as food source and they'll just come in, in groves," says DNR officer Jeff Harrison.

Iowa conservation officers say one location in Eldridge is a great place to hunt. It's near Lost Grove Lake off of 220th avenue.

Doves are more active in mornings and evenings, which are often the best times to hunt. The season ends November 99th.