COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dove season isn't for several months, but South Carolina officials say now is the time to prepare fields to attract the birds.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says mourning doves feed on waste grains and weed seeds in harvested peanut, corn and wheat fields. Fields can also be planted in millet, sorghum, sesame, corn, sunflowers or other crops and managed specifically for dove hunting.
It's legal to plant a field with grains attractive to doves and harvest or mow all, part or none of it, and shoot doves over the area.
DNR says the mourning dove is one of the most popular game species in the Southeast. Dove field planting information can be found online at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/pubs/AttractingDovesLegally.pdf .