Eurasian Collared Dove Hunting

sfpcservice

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Hey Guys,

My Son and I just got into bird hunting here in California, but our seasons are closing this week. I know Euro Doves are year round with no limit and it would be great to still go for them. We hunt Knoxville Wildlife Area and almost always see dove. Is there any way to distinguish euros from other species on the flush? I don't want to go up there and start blasting the other species out of the sky out of season and it would be great to be able to continue bird hunting with the kid...

Thanks for any help!
 
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Stevehazard

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Yes, there is a way to tell the difference. Look at the tail feathers. Pointy are morning doves. Squared tails are euros. I'd honestly be more worried with confusing them with band tailed pigeons up there which I believe may have a similar profile to the euros. Do you even see the euros up there in the wildlife area? Every time I have gotten them near there it's been on/near peoples farm land. Usually near almonds.

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=88634&inline
 


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