“It is a free meal for the doves. They are not smart enough to realize they are being trapped." Phillip Dickerson shook his head, and chuckled at the ten doves in one small trap. “They don't get scared by the flapping of the others already in the traps, and just walk right into the funnel, pecking as they go, picking up the grain. Once in a while one will walk back out the funnel, but it does not happen often."
Dickerson is a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist who is participating in a state-wide research banding project on doves. Dove hunting is big business in Texas. “We hope to learn several things – we gain some insight regarding local dove reproduction, how long the birds might live, local hunter harvest levels, and migration patterns.