Key findings from the National Cooperative Dove Hunter Survey
Mourning doves are one of the most abundant and widely distributed game birds in the nation, with hunting seasons established in 40 of the lower 48 states.
Dove hunters are typically white males, 45 years of age and older and are well-educated with higher-than-average incomes.
Dove hunters responding to the survey said that the top hindrances to their participation in dove hunting are financial--the cost of gasoline, the cost of shotshells, the cost of other dove hunting gear and the cost of hunting permits.
Dove hunters mostly harvest fewer than 30 birds per season and hunt on private land. They typically travel 50 miles or more to get to their hunting spots.
Dove hunters responding to the survey aren't sure about the impacts of spent lead shot on dove health and believe that they don't have enough scientific information about its potential effects. They are concerned that hunter participation could be impacted if non-lead shot were to be required at some point.