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Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Game Bird Hunting

The mourning dove kicks off the bird hunting season.
These migratory birds are fast flyers, giving hunters a good warm up to the season.

Features: Slender birds, mourning doves have long tails and small heads. Their soft cooing and whistling wings make them unmistakable. 

Habitats: Mourning doves perch on telephone wires or in trees. They forage on the ground for seeds. 

Techniques: Scouting is always helpful. Look for a tree or telephone line that is near a food crop. Once a location is found, find a spot where a backdrop will breakup your silhouette and take a seat. Wait for a passing shot. Extra shells may be necessary.