Please disable your Ad Blocker to better interact with this website.

Connect with us

Great American Outdoors

Hunting

Banding mourning doves in Montana!

Countless boxes of shotgun shells, 5 gallon buckets, t-shirts and cut off jeans.  Those are a few of the things that come to mind when I think of dove hunting as a kid.  I’d tag along with my dad to neighboring farmer’s corn field.  One particular dairy farmer would leave several stands of corn just for us dove hunters.  (I liked to call myself a dove hunter even though I was more of the retriever.)  Later in life, I began hunting with my future husband.  It was always a jovial time afield.  I haven’t been on a dove hunt for quite a few years but I still remember the fun time and delicious meals we would grill up after from the day’s harvest.

Montana, along with many other states, band mourning doves for management purposes.  Data provided by tracking banded birds provides population and habitat information.   Keep reading for more information on the program and how to report data if you harvest a banded bird.

Trending: A MUST SEE VIDEO: Watch As Homeowner Gets Revenge On Package Thieves With Booby Trap

“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist Ryan Williamson is in full swing of trapping and banding this small game bird.”

take our poll - story continues below

What is your top alternative to Facebook? - FIXED

  • What is your top alternative to Facebook?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Great American Outdoors updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

“Mourning doves are one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America, and are also a popular game bird with hunting seasons established in 40 of the lower 48 states. As part of an effort to estimate population size, harvest rates and regulations, mourning doves are banded throughout the United States including within Montana’s Region 6.”

‘“Banding mourning doves helps wildlife managers estimate population size and harvest rates for the species, and this in turn is used in the federal framework to establish dove hunting regulations for each state,” says Williamson, who is assisting with banding operations in Montana.”‘

Continued Reading 

GET MORE STORIES LIKE THIS

IN YOUR INBOX!

Sign up for our daily email and get the stories everyone is talking about.

Continue Reading
You may also like...

 

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

More in Hunting

To Top
STAY IN THE LOOP
Don't miss a thing. Sign up for our email newsletter to become a Patriot Outdoor News insider.

Send this to a friend