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Doves Face a Dive

August 28, 2000
By: Rodger Oakes
State Capital Bureau

The International symbol of peace will soon be under the gun in Missouri.

Rodger Oakes has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri's dove season will be split into 2 sessions this year with the first starting Friday. Missouri Conservation Department's John Schultz explains.

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Contents: Schultz says upland game hunters were unable to shoot doves during quail and pheasant season after the dove season was shortened. With split session hunting they can.

Some hunters have complained to the Convservation Department, pushing Schultz to conduct surveys on the best dates for hunting season.

Due to a calm winter and dry spring, the mourning dove population has increased throughout the state from 1999, with the largest increase of 45.3% in the northeast river breaks region. Even with the split sessions, Missouri dove hunters should have a banner year.

From Jefferson City, I'm Rodger Oakes, KMOX News.