Now that dove season in under way, Kansas hunters are encouraged to be on the lookout for banded birds.
Wildlife and Parks is asking dove hunters to look for leg bands on the mourning doves they shoot. The purpose of this project is to estimate annual survival rates, harvest rates and distribution of the harvest.
Report banded mourning doves by phoning 1-800-327-2263. Banded birds may also be reported on the internet at www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl.
Hunters can keep the bands and will be provided a certificate identifying the age, sex, date, and location the bird was banded.
Dove season opened last Thursday. The first half of the split season will end Oct. 14. The second season will be from Nov. 1-16.
Because they are migratory game birds, doves are federally regulated. Federal rules require that shotguns be plugged to hold no more than three shells and limit the daily bag to 15, with a possession limit of 30.
A valid Kansas hunting license and Harvest Information Stamp are required to hunt doves, unless exempt by law. Those exempt include hunters younger than 16 or ages 65 and older.