Banded Mourning Doves
This should be subtitled: So he shot a banded dove?
Yep, it's a banding study -- for hunters.
The three-year study is to determine dove harvest and survival rates to improve mourning dove
management -- and how to improve banding studies, such as using "rewards" (we won't call them "bounties" yet) -- check the rationale link below for details.
USFWS: Brief info
(and in a readable
albeit PDF format).
FWC: Florida takes part
Songbird Protection Coalition: Annoyed
about dove hunting in Michigan.
Roy Lukes, former USFWS bander: With Doves Dead, How About Open Season On Robins?
- on dove hunting in Wisconsin.
On the off chance that someone reading this does find a banded dove, the FWC link above has information on how to report it.
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