In Pursuit of the Eurasian Collared Dove
By Brad Trumbo
The dim rays of dawn streaked through the louvered cracks of the window shade causing me to stir reluctantly. I had never been to Florida, and the increasingly annoying sound of a rough-voiced bird cooing in the tree outside was wearing on my nerves. It sounded dove-like, but I guessed it...
It’s that time of year again. Up north, a few leaves are beginning to turn and, in the afternoon breeze, is the faintest hint of cooler temperatures to come. In Texas, it didn’t even hit 100 degrees today (!), which for us, is a welcome relief. While waterfowlers are anticipating the cold clouded days of late December, deer hunters begin putting vacation time on their calendar for the first couple weeks of November. Regardless of your quarry, the first day of dove season has become the opening ceremony of the seasons to come.
When September 1st rolls around every year, you can bet that many hunters have one thing on their mind: Dove Hunting! Mourning Doves are a migratory bird and they are the nation’s most hunted game bird and arguably one of the most hunted species of any game in the United States.