JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri dove hunters are being asked to report when they shoot a bird with a banded leg.
Missouri is 1 of 34 states taking part in a dove banding program intended to provide more knowledge about the nation's most popular game bird.
Hunters who shoot a banded dove can report it to the Department of Conservation by following directions printed on the band.
Conservation officials say it's impossible to count doves, which are highly mobile. Instead, they're tagging a small sample around Missouri and will analyze hunters' reports of shootings.