Attracting Doves Legally

Planting and cultivating dove fields is a popular and successful technique used by sportsmen, landowners, and land managers to attract and concentrate doves. Careful planning is essential to producing a successful and legal dove field.

Biology & Management of Eastern Wild Turkey

Prior to and during early colonial times, the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) occurred in large numbers over most of South. As settlement increased, detrimental land-use practices and market hunting resulted in the near extinction of the wild turkey. Because of the aggressive trapping and restocking efforts by state wildlife agencies, wild turkey populations have reached historical high levels in most states, including South Carolina.

Bobwhite Quail

Bobwhite Quail (Northern Bobwhite) is a popular game bird. Good habitat requires an interspersion or mixture of woodlands, brush, grass, and croplands. Quail are social birds that gather in groups called “coveys.” As many as 10 to 30 birds may form a covey in which they forage and roost closely together.

Bobwhite Quail Biology and Management

The bobwhite quail has long been considered the game bird of the South, and South Carolina’s past quail population has made it known as one of the best quail destroyed or abandoned prior to hatching, they will attempt to renest until a successful hatch or until the nesting season is over.

Mourning Dove

Mourning doves are the most abundant game bird in the Southeast. Requiring open or semi-open lands, doves are primarily farm game birds that thrive where grain crops are grown. Doves can travel considerable distances in search of food, water, and gravel, but prefer easy access to them. Because the dove is a migratory species, local habitat conditions generally do not limit the population, nor will manipulation of the environment increase populations.

Mourning Dove Biology and Management

Pioneers settling in South Carolina during the 1600s encountered a small pigeon-like bird in and around forest openings. Although the passenger pigeon was larger and more numerous, mourning doves (Zenaidura macroura) were abundant enough to provide some source of pleasure with their low, mournful cooing and a limited amount of variety in table fare for our adventurous ancestors.

Ruffed Grouse

The Ruffed Grouse is a major upland game bird found primarily in the Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau. Usually found above 2,000 feet in the southern portion of their range, they have also been found at lower elevations.

Wild Turkey

In the Southeast, wild turkeys require extensive forest lands. Three basic habitat types are required: 1) winter, 2) nesting, and 3) brood range. Good turkey habitat contains mature stands of mixed-hardwoods, relatively open understories, scattered clearings with distributed water, and freedom from disturbance.

Wild Turkey Harvest Management: Biology, Strategies, and Techniques

Since life began on Earth, countless creatures have come and gone, rendered extinct by naturally changing physical and biological conditions. Since extinction is part of the natural order, and if many other species remain, some people ask: “Why save endangered species? Why should we spend money and effort to conserve them? How do we benefit?”

Wild Turkey Management

The wild turkey is an important game animal in North Carolina and the Southeast. Recently, turkeys have made a comeback from low populations caused by excess hunting, habitat loss and domestic poultry diseases. Interest in wild turkey hunting also has increased accordingly during this time.

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