The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is a familiar sight to many people across the Southeast. The pleasant song of the mourning dove is often heard in the spring from our backyards to the woodlands. Many landowners, particularly farmers, use dove hunting as an extra source of income. In September of every year, one can often hear the distant shotgun pops resulting from opening weekend of dove season. Dove season allows opportunities for many hunters to experience high flying wing shooting and camaraderie with other hunters.
The Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) is just one of four species of rabbits found in the Southeast, but is the most abundant. Rabbits, like quail, thrive where land use resembles patchy farming, environments of early successional stages, and thickets. Rabbits have simple life requirements and an enormous reproductive capacity. For those hunters interested in some fast ground action, rabbit hunting can be a thrill.
The Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) thrives around mature mast producing hardwoods consisting of oaks and hickories. Areas like this can be found in our backyards, parks, business settings, and the woodlands. The Gray Squirrel is loved by some and hated by others, a pleasure or a pest, respectively. Hunters and wildlife enthusiasts appreciate the squirrel because of its ease of visibility and adaptation to human presence when one enters the squirrel’s environment. Squirrel hunting can be a great way to introduce a young person into the sport thereby creating a lifelong love of hunting and the outdoors.
- Dove Field Design and Implementation
- On-site Habitat Evaluations
- Site-specific Habitat Enhancement Planning
- Hard Mast Abundance Assessments