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.