Bird of the Week: Mourning dove

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sarah Baxter with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stops by "THV 11 News at Noon" to talk about the bird of the week.

    The bird of the week this week is the mourning dove.

    The Mourning Dove is a graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that's common across the continent. They can be found statewide in Arkansas year-round in good numbers. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments, hence the name "Mourning Dove". When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. Mourning Doves are the most frequently hunted species in North America.

    Speaking of which, Dove season starts this weekend! Sunday, September 1 will be this year's opener. Dove season typically opens on the Saturday before Labor Day, but the AGFC could not open it until Sunday this year due to a federal regulation that does not permit states to start the season before September 1 (this Saturday is August 31).

    Some Arkansas dove hunters would have liked to have seen it pushed back to the next weekend so they could hunt on both Saturday and Sunday, but that weekend is the opener for teal season. So we'll just have to watch football this Saturday, then hunt Sunday and Monday! The daily bag limit for dove is 15 per person and the possession limit is 3x the daily bag limit, so 45 doves per person.

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