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Creating mourning dove habitat

Creating mourning dove habitat involves providing food, water, grit and roosting sites.

Doves prefer to feed on the ground, so shredding, mowing or discing a crop or crop residue can make an agricultural field more attractive. Feeding areas of two or more acres are preferable. Fields located near water, grit and good roosting sites will attract more birds.

A guide to managing fields for doves can be obtained from the Dove Sportsman's Society, PO Box 610, Edgefield, SC 29824.