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Picacho Dove Check Station Shows Slightly Decreased Hunter Success

A dove check station on Milligan Road near Picacho in southeastern Arizona showed that the dove harvest and hunter success in that particular area was slightly below the 13-year average.

Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists point out that the check station results may not be indicative of the overall dove hunting success in the area. “Data from one specific location may not represent southeastern Arizona as a whole because of area-specific differences in crop rotations and local rainfall patterns,” explains department biologist Jim Heffelfinger.

There were 102 hunters checked, which is a little below the average. Those hunters harvested 237 white-wing doves and 412 mourning doves. The average is 237 for whitewings and 579 for mourning doves.

The average birds per hunter-day was 6.4, which is less than the 7.2-bird average for the past 13 years. “Only 25.5 percent of the hunters shot their limits, which was far below the 13-year average of 47 percent,” Heffelfinger says.



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