Dove Hunters Love Them
We have all witnessed
doves using power and phone lines as perching sites. The shooting
of mourning doves near utility lines is of major concern to Michigan
companies and consumers who will be adversely effected as dove
hunters often use the lines as shooting sites.
Despite laws which prohibit the
shooting of doves on wires, it is evident from published dove
hunting editorials that this "line" technique is encouraged
Here are a few quotes taken from
authoritative outdoor publications in states which allow dove
- "Hunt beneath power lines.
For some reason, doves like to congregate on power lines. If
you study the birds long enough, you'll notice that the doves
usually have one spot on a power line that they like to fly to
more than any other place. Take a stand near that power line
and wait for the birds to come in to where you've set up. These
out-of-the-way dove hotspots will pay dove dividends for you
that big-field hunters never will experience."
- "An excellent place to
create a dove field is in a power line right-of-way. The power
lines will provide natural perches and lots of shooting action."
- "Agricultural fields will
have power lines running parallel or even across them. Be sure
to shoot at the doves before they light or after they leave the
wires. Sometimes it,s better to let a couple land, then flush
them and attempt a double."
- "After feeding, doves like
to loaf on power lines and often they,ll land on wires to look
for danger before flying down to eat. If you notice them using
such spots, you can set up nearby and get shots at slower-moving
birds coming to the perch or leaving."
- "If you can find a telephone
pole in the middle or around the edges of a field, chances are
the doves will light on these poles to rest. Sit next to or near
one of these poles and you will probably have the best shooting
in the field. I bagged 5 limits last fall."
- "If you're hunting on a
field with power lines, get near them or stand next to one of
- "By the time my friend
showed up the next day, before noon at my insistence, I had this
bright idea worked out about putting dove decoys on that power
Hunters cannot control the full
spread pattern of shot...and they use the lines! Michigan shooters
may attempt to deny this as a problem, but repair costs, safety,
loss of service, and increased liability is a fact of dove season.
Source, including but not limited to: Virginia
Department of Forestry, Gulf Coast Outdoors Magazine, Night Hawk
Publications, Outdoor Site News, Smart Hunter Encyclopedia, FM