"Here is a question-and-answer session with Shaun Oldenburger, who heads the dove program for TPWD.What percentage of the total dove harvest is taken during the first two weeks of the season?
Based on FWS dove diary surveys, approximately 50 percent of the doves are harvested in the first two weeks in each zone.How many dove hunting trips does the average hunter make per season?
Based on FWS Harvest Survey Branch estimates, 276,900 mourning dove hunters spent 934,800 days afield last season, which equates to about 3.4 days per hunter. For white-winged doves, 130,400 hunters spent 472,800 days afield, which equates to about 3.6 days per hunter.How many birds does the average hunter harvest per season?
Last season, the estimate was 18.6 mourning doves per hunter, 13.9 white-winged doves per hunter.How many shots, on average, does a hunter fire to harvest each dove?
Itís about one bird per four or five shots, based on the TPWD lethality study.What percentage of North American doves migrate through Texas?
There really isnít a good statistic for this, but Texas definitely does act as a funnel for migration.What percent of the nationís dove harvest is taken in Texas?
For mourning doves, the average over the last 12 seasons has been 27.8 percent of the total U.S. harvest.
Next season, we will have 20 additional hunting days, making 90 days total. If hunters donít utilize the 70-day season any more than they do, why expand to 90 days?
The longer season allows more flexibility to go dove hunting. Nobodyís schedule is getting less full. With the past few seasons, we have received public input that hunters want season structures to go farther into October in both the North and Central zones. So this will allow more flexibility for some hunters to utilize those additional days. We donít expect a significant increase in harvest, but we feel that this change will allow great hunter satisfaction with dove season dates, and that may result in more hunter retention and recruitment.
With white-winged doves now spread across the state, do many people still hunt them during the Rio Grande Valley weekends (the first two weekends in September)?
Based on our surveys, we have more people hunting the Special White-winged Dove Area season now than in the mid-í90s. Last season, we had over 20,000 hunters participate in the four-day season. Itís not like the old Time magazine pictures anymore, but there are excellent numbers of whitewings this year in the valley. I expect hunter use to be up in South Texas for the SWWDA. I believe the expansion of white-winged doves has created more opportunity for hunters rather than displace them from hunting in the valley." http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/more-sp...gram-leader.ece