Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The Mourning Dove
The Mourning Dove is a year around resident in our area. In neighboring Franklin County where huge flocks exist, dove hunting is quite popular. In our county few hunters bother the doves.
I have heard hunters mention that they feel they are having a good day if they can shoot their limit of twelve birds with two boxes of shells (50 shots). Considering the dove’s small size and their ability to reach speeds of 55mph while doing twist and turns they are quite a challenging target for the wing shooter.
I tried dove hunting some in my youth and on a few occasions succeeded in bagging my limit. Mom would roll the breast in flour and bake them on a cookie sheet, serving the tasty little morsels up for dinner. Needless to say a dozen little breast didn’t go far with our family of hungry farmers.
Today I’m well satisfied to shoot them with my Canon and allow them to fly on.