OUTDOOR NEWS: Dove searching workshop is Aug. four | Sports activities


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers a program to those with little to no experience in dove hunting to teach skills needed to hunt, dress, and cook mourning doves.

The workshop will be held on August 4th from 6pm to 9pm at the Butch Olofson Shooting Range near Polk City. Participants will learn basic mourning dove hunting strategies such as proper equipment, where to hunt, safe shooting practices and how to dress, butcher and cook them in the field.

The workshop also includes shooting techniques and time at the shooting range for those who want to improve their shooting skills.

“This workshop will provide attendees with the skills and knowledge they need to start pigeon hunting, including techniques to prepare and cook this lean and healthy protein in the field,” said Jamie Cook, program coordinator at the Iowa DNR.

The workshop is aimed at participants aged 18 and over. The cost is $35. For information about the workshop and how to begin the registration process, go to https://tinyurl.com/4ks9csjh. Places are limited, so register now.

The program is offered through a partnership with the Iowa DNR and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. It is part of a national effort to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters due to the general decline in hunting and outdoor recreation.