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Monday, October 17 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Wildlife. Effects of spinning-wing decoys on mourning dove harvest vulnerability in Tennessee

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AUTHORS: Russell R. Skoglund, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; Steven E. Hayslette, Tennessee Tech University

ABSTRACT: Apparent declines in mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) populations nationwide have raised interest in factors affecting survival, including harvest. We tested the effects of spinning-wing decoys (SWDs) on mourning dove harvest vulnerability on dove fields in central Tennessee during opening weekend of hunting 2007 and 2008. Use of a SWD did not affect numbers of shots fired, doves harvested, doves missed, or doves crippled. Heavy hunting pressure and/or dove foraging based on experience may have limited SWD effects on dove harvest by hunters using them. Use of SWDs does not seem to increase overall harvest in mourning dove populations, so regulations prohibiting these decoys for mourning dove hunting seem unnecessary.

Monday October 17, 2016 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Riverview B

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