Jack V. Gwynn

Comparison Of Mourning Dove Harvest Data From Wing Collection And Mail Survey, Virginia, 1968-1969

Hunters responding to a standard mail questionnaire reported more doves killed and more dove hunting trips than would be judged from the wings these same individuals submitted through the mail. A bare majority of these hunters stated that their questionnaire answers better represented their experience for the season than did their wing response. Those who sent in wings reported hunting more often and killing more doves than those who failed to send in wings. For some time, wildlife biologists have examined parts of game animals to establish the age, sex or species composition in the...