Dove numbers released

The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife announced last week more than 250,000 hunters in the state harvested five million mourning doves last year.
The results were released as part of a National Dove Hunter Survey, which will help managers better understand the opinions of this hunting community.
The National Dove Hunter Survey is a cooperative effort by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Flyways Council and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The survey was sent randomly to hunters in 40 states with dove hunting seasons. Of the 30,382 surveys sent, 12,631 hunters responded – a 41.6 percent response rate.
This survey was the first attempt to study the characteristics of dove hunters, time spent hunting, perceived constraints and attitudes and opinions about the effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves.