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Why no dove hunting in NY?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Yellowfin, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Does anyone know much about the situation in New York State as to how there isn't any dove hunting? I'm told that doves are listed as a songbird so thus aren't huntable unless they get officially changed to game birds by legislative action. Has this been discussed much or attempted? They're scratching their heads trying to come up with ways to get more youth hunters so why not that? It's probably the second most popular form of hunting there is at all and is PERFECT for introducing new and youth hunters. Plus it adds another additional use for land so more income for landowners, which in turn generates more revenue for the state also in increased license fees and ammo sales. LOTS of people here shoot clays so it's using an existing known base of people which could get even bigger still. I grew up on dove hunting first as did everyone else I knew growing up. People love dove hunting just about everywhere and it's always near the top of the list for participants. I LOVE it and this state that has so many sportsmen and gains so much from its outdoors opportunities deserves to have it.

    I brought this up at the local DEC (Fish and Game, for those not in NYS) meeting and they said they'd be for it but nobody's talked about it much or asked for it so they haven't moved on it. What are your thoughts on this?
  2. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    I have also wondered this in the past. I don't know how much opportunity would be in this area, but I don't see why there isn't a season. :dunno:

  3. jp_vcu


    Aug 18, 2009
    I don't know. I'm a big dove hunter here in Virginia. My great grandfather grew up in Texas and refuses to dove hunt. He thinks it's wrong.

    I guess that there's a crowd of people out there that see the dove as some majestic bird. I just think it tastes good.