The first of September brings migrating flocks of doves. Northern cold fronts send doves winging southward during the entire month. They will feed in sunflower or silage fields, however, during the day they will water at the edge of a pond and roost at night in nearby hedgerows or pine groves. Shotguns with size eight shot are used with improved cylinder chokes. Some state and federal areas require steel shot, so call ahead to find out what shot is required.
A survey of 3,600 hunters in south central Illinois during recent years showed that they took an annual harvest of almost 88,000 doves. The hunters that were surveyed averaged approximately 24 doves per season. State and public ground offers hunters great opportunities during September and early October.