Dove Hunting Season
Eared Doves give shooters the last big-bag hunting adventure on the planet. There is estimated to be more than twenty-three million doves feeding on arable lands around Cordoba in northern Argentina, recent estimates place the figure nearer to 32 million doves. It is common for a single hunter single to shoot one thousand birds plus in a day.
With the scale of wing-shooting in the 1800s the numbers of Passenger Pigeons being shot by North American hunters, brought about the rapid extinction of the Passenger Pigeon – the Eared dove on the other hand seems to be much more resilient than the Passenger Pigeons, Eared Dove flocks in Argentina and Bolivia sometimes “cause a partial eclipse of the sun”. It comes to mind to say that dove populations on sporting estates in Argentina are thriving, with Eared doves breeding four times a season with vast areas of arable lands as a food source, this causes some discontentment amongst the farming community and asks the question what are the benefits to farmers, however most commercial farms are happy to support the dove shooting as this brings in alternative income to the community.