|Paulding County Outdoors|
By Duane Bailey:
Ranging from Mexico to Canada and from coast to coast, the mourning dove is the most popular, abundant, and widespread game bird in North America. Its adaptable life-style and high reproductive rate have allowed its population to flourish in both agricultural and urban areas, making it one of the most common birds in Ohio. The mourning dove’s fast fight, quick changes in direction, and alert nature make it one of the most challenging game birds to hunt.
Biologists estimate that at least four million doves are found in Ohio each fall providing Paulding County hunters great opportunities. Ohio’s dove season runs Sept. 1 through Oct. 23 and Dec. 17 through Jan. 2, 2012, with a daily limit of 15 birds and a possession limit of 30 birds.
The most successful dove hunters begin their season by scouting possible hunting areas in late August or early September. Likely hot spots include recently harvested soybean, corn, hay, or wheat fields. A water source nearby will make the area more attractive to doves.