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Pennington Wingmaster Dove Mixture Wildlife Seed Mixture draws and keeps wildlife while providing bountiful seed to enhance the habitat. Specially created for individual species of game bird such as duck, dove, quail, and turkey. A combination of grain sorghum, sunflower, and small seeded millet that will provide a fertile supply of seed for game birds. This seed combo matures in a staggering effect, producing seeds in as little as 60 days up to 110 days. This enables food supplies to become available early so resident birds are attracted and stay in the area. As the whole mix matures, plants drop seeds to the ground, providing an plentiful supply of seed lasting the complete season. Best results are achieved when WingMaster Dove mix is planted no later than May 15. This allows the plants time to develop and shatter the seed. If additional field manipulation or late season hunts are required, time delayed plantings or later plantings are preferred.
|Target pests:||Dove, duck, quail, turkey|
|For use in:||Fields|
|Shipping Weight:||39.55 lbs|
|Manufactured By:||Pennington (Mfg. Number: 23541)|
The mourning dove is a migratory game bird that has four basic habitat needs: food, cover, water and grit. These habitat needs must be met to produce more local nesting birds and to attract migratory birds during the season. With the popularity of dove hunting on the rise, hunting clubs and field managers are seeking ways to compete with nearby fields. Planning, understanding the birds and providing necessary habitat will go a long way toward having a successful hunt. Doves also need a water source within one mile of their food source. In addition doves need grit (small bits of gravel and larger grains of sand) in their diets to help grind food in the gizzard. Gravel roads and roadsides are a perfect location for birds to find this grit. Doves are seed eaters with about 99% of their diet in late summer and fall made up of seed.
Site selection of a dove field is often one of the most important, yet often overlooked field management decisions. Avoid fields near houses, housing developments, highways, livestock confinement buildings such as poultry houses and large areas of woodlands. Also avoid establishing fields too close to existing ones (a good rule of thumb is five miles apart). If this cannot be avoided then cooperate and coordinate shooting days with adjoining landowners. Open fields with plenty of room (10 acres) are ideal areas for establishing dove fields. Keeping safety in mind, hunter placement should be top on the list when selecting a field. Crowded hunting environments can make for a miserable and dangerous hunting experience. In addition, consideration of perch trees (leafless trees or thorn trees), power lines, and proximity to water and grit are all important components of good dove fields. Field manipulation is also important because dove prefer to land in areas where the ground is clean and bare and then walk to the food source.
Mowing down strips in your field will open up the ground and scatter seeds in the process. Mowing these strips weekly starting four to six weeks in advance of hunting season will help hold more birds on your property. Disking old mowed strips is also a good method of further manipulating the field and attracting more birds. By having some plants upright, some mowed down and some disked, you will provide a haven for birds. Doves are federally regulated migratory birds, and you should pay close attention to federal and state regulations regarding dove field management.