/ Mourning Dove population #1
- Jul 31, 2017
- North Tx
- 841 ford,MF65,Cub Lowboy,,Ford 600
Have you noticed Mourning Doves being displaced by other type dove in your area? Until 2019 Mourning was the only dove seen in North Central Texas. There has been a steady decrease in Mourning Dove and increased population of Collard and another that resembles White Winged. There has been a large population of White Winged in far South Texas for decades but non were ever seen in N.C. Tx. About 50% of birds I saw nesting in 2022 were Collared and the one with white tips on wings. Those killed on both hunts I attended were comprised of a like % which brings me to the reason I care about this. It's difficult to know which of 3 you are seeing in flight and White Winged isn't legal in North Texas although hunters are allowed 2 in place of Mourning. Collard isn't protected nor counted toward bag limit. I'm disappointed that TP&WL is ambiguous about bag limit and hasn't been any help on what to expect going forward. Seasoned hunters are lucky to take a limit so young hunters are at a huge disadvantage in identifying before shooting. Anyho I'm wondering if this is happening in other parts of country because if it is Mouring may soon be extent.