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Old 04-18-2015, 11:05 PM   #21
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Charlie, depending on where you live in MN, you probably have mourning doves near. The MN Department of Natural Resources has a nice article and map that talks about them in your state. I was able to link to just the map:

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Old 04-18-2015, 11:12 PM   #22
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We're a state south of you, Charlie, and we have many mourning doves. We have several bird feeders, and the doves like to feed from the ground. We love seeing the nesting pairs.
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:16 PM   #23
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Yes Charlie, they are a beautiful little timid bird, and generally quite friendly to humans. I can't understand why they are hunted, as the very small little breast is the only thing worth eating. I'd have to be very very hungry.
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:21 PM   #24
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What kind of bird is it?

I don't get it either, Kay. The meat you'd get is about the size of a large french fry. There's a big push to allow hunting them here.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:40 AM   #25
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Yes Charlie, they are a beautiful little timid bird, and generally quite friendly to humans. I can't understand why they are hunted, as the very small little breast is the only thing worth eating. I'd have to be very very hungry.
Considered to be an "invasive "species in some areas so shooting is possibly allowed to keep numbers down and if you have to kill something it's better to put the corpse to some good use.
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:21 PM   #26
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Considered to be an "invasive "species in some areas so shooting is possibly allowed to keep numbers down and if you have to kill something it's better to put the corpse to some good use.
Agreed. They can also become a nuisance when the predators that normally keep their populations under control disappear or drop in numbers.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:33 PM   #27
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Looks just like the one in Charlie's picture.
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My grandma used to make awesome pigeons. So tasty. I would never touch one.


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Old 04-19-2015, 03:19 PM   #29
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:23 AM   #30
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My ex was a hunter and would bring home dove now and then. It's a dark meated little bird. We used to wrap the little breasts in bacon, skewer them, and put them on the grill. That was a few decades ago in another life. I do recall them being pretty tasty that way.

Nowadays I just like listening to them coo and watching them build nests with their mates and raise their young.
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