do you shoot AND EAT DOVES?

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chickadee
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I was surprised to find out a friend we know shoots doves in his yard and eats them! I was surprised to find out you could shoot doves. let alone someone would eat them. I love doves. it was kind of a surprise. not a good one. makes me wonder what all crazy stuff people do in their own backyards. :cry:
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DebA
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No. I don't. However there are non-native doves here. The Eurasian Ring Necked or something like that. For several years I've had the same pair here (I think). Last year my husband mentioned shooting them because they are non-native and push out our native turtle doves. I freaked out. I've loved watching them.

This winter I noticed that only one was here. For several weeks. I started eyeing Mark suspiciously. Nah...he knows what's good for him! But, just two days ago I noticed a pair so I hope my lonesome one found a mate.

Anyway that's the first I heard of shooting them and in my KS bird book it confirms the state has made them a game bird.

Oh...thought interuptus...I hear my eight martins making a happy ruckus outside!

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David W
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In some states they are considered a game bird, my state PA., they are considered a game bird other states a song bird.
When I was a lot younger I did try eating some and they are good, but you need many for a meal.
I don't shoot them anymore and love seeing them come to the feeders.

In Sough America it is a big business, dove shooting, there are millions upon millions and are considered a pest for getting at the crops. All the doves killed are given to the locals. Most of the areas are poverty stricken and they welcome them.
They are not the Morning Doves we have here.
EGunterTX
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If you're talking mourning or white wing doves, they're great! breast 'em, wrap with a slice of bacon with jalapeno & apple inside, grill over mesquite charcoal-- wow--


BUT-- only if taken legally. They are migratory birds and thus heavily regulated by Feds and state. I believe the rock dove (domestic pigeon) is the only variety not protected in some way.
Here in Texas, we have 7 varieties of "dove."

http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/gam ... e_summary/

https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulation ... imals/dove
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chickadee
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I am talking about the morning doves. and they are on the list for game bird here. along with crows I was surprised their. and pigeons.
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Yeah Chickadee there is a season that starts September 1 in Illinois. It is fun to hunt dove. I am sorry if that bothers you. I. Was raised on a farm and we ate everything we raised and hunted. We raised our own chickens for fryers and eggs, we had pigs, cows, ducks, geese ect. It was like a zoo. I guess that's why I got in to taxidermy. my love for animals. They we're put here for our nutrition. Squirrel, rabbit, dove, quail, deer etc. are all superb when cooked right . My grandma and mama can cook wild game!!!!
chickadee
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it don't really bother me. I know their is all kinds of things that go on in the world that people do. and I don't have control over. it just surprised me. because out of the bird population I did not realize their was more then just starlings and sparrows that could be shot.
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jeffwilliams72
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Mourning Doves are a managed game species in many states. You must purchase a license,game bird habitat stamp,follow rules and bag limits,etc... So I wouldn't classify them with "being able to shoot" like EUST & HOSP. People also lawfully take Quail,Pheasants,Ducks,Geese,Grouse, and believe it or not, some states allow Sandhill Crane hunting. I support any lawful taking of game, that is backed by the sound science of each states DNR.
Mourning Dove is delicious, the meat has kind of a nutty flavor.
Hopefully the person you describe shooting them in their yard is using legal equipment,during legal season, following legal bag limits, I can't tolerate poaching of any kind.
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EGunterTX
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Chickadee-- Thanks for your understanding.
Far too many people now-a-days are far too quick to vehemently condemn anything new or different to them. Sadly, just another part of the many splits in this country.
Nice to have so many people here united in concern for purple martins.

Jeff-- Amen!
chickadee
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jeff, my husband just informed me the friend does follow the law and rules when hunting the doves. guess he hunts whatever is allowed. not sure if I would try dove. nutty flavor on meat don't sound good to me. I don't like deer hunting but I sure do eat the meat. so guess I am open to new things. just wont find myself hunting or killing anything anytime soon.
2008 first year 1 pair. 2009 3 pair. 2010 7 pair. 2011 20 pair . 2012 44 pair 280 eggs 210 fledged. 2013 67 pair. 2014?
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