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Some doves will have leg bands

August 22, 2004

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More changes are in store for the fall dove season in Kansas.

Like last year, the season will be split. The first segment will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 14 and the second segment Nov. 1-16.

This year's dove bag again will include mourning doves, white-winged doves, Eurasian collared-doves and ringed turtle-doves. The daily bag limit of 15 doves includes any combination of these four species.

Hunters also should look for leg bands on mourning doves. This is the second of a three-year mourning dove banding project involving Kansas and 25 other states.

The purpose of the project is to estimate annual survival rates, harvest rates and distribution of the harvest, as well as to refine techniques for a future dove-banding program.

Because dove bands are very small, hunters easily can overlook them so Wildlife and Parks officials are asking hunters to check closely.

If a band is found, call 1-800-327-BAND (2263). Hunters will be provided a certificate identifying the age, sex, date and location the bird was banded.

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