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Dove hunters asked to participate in survey

June 06, 2012 at 02:00 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Dove hunters around the United States are being asked to participate in The National Dove Hunter Survey, a cooperative effort between state wildlife agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The survey will ask Illinois dove hunters their opinions on a variety of issues related to dove hunting, including time spent hunting, demographics, constraints to hunting, and thoughts about potential effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves and other wildlife. 

“We are conducting this survey because hunter opinions and preferences are important and should be taken into account whenever possible,” says Dr. Ken Richkus of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Population and Habitat Assessment Branch.  “The Service and the states want to make sure we use the best science-based information for the management and conservation of our migratory bird resources.” 

There are more than one million dove hunters nationally, with dove seasons in 40 states.

“We’re surveying dove hunters in every state that has a dove season so they can give us their opinions on a variety of topics,” Richkus says.  “This approach will give us an excellent picture of mourning dove hunter thoughts and needs by state, region, and nationwide.”

The National Dove Hunter Survey is scheduled to begin in late June 2012, and will be completed by the end of the year.

“We really hope each dove hunter who receives a survey takes the time to complete and return it in the postage-paid envelope provided,” Richkus added.  “Their answers are very important, and we appreciate their efforts to tell us what they think.”

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