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Idaho swings liberal for dove hunting this fall

A close look at a mourning dove reveals a blue orbital ring and buff colored underbelly. 
 (Tom Davenport / The Spokesman-Review)
A close look at a mourning dove reveals a blue orbital ring and buff colored underbelly. (Tom Davenport / The Spokesman-Review)

HUNTING -- Dove hunters in Idaho will be able to take more birds home in 2014.

The Fish and Game Commission has approved liberal limits in response to new harvest strategies for North America’s most abundant game bird.

The daily limit for mourning doves will be 15, and the possession limit will be 45. The season will last 60 days, from Sept. 1 through Oct. 30.

The new harvest strategy approved by the Pacific Flyway Council is designed to conserve mourning dove populations while minimizing annual regulatory change. While this may be confusing to Idaho hunters in the first year, in the long run the goal is to provide more consistent seasons and limits in the future.




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