I don't have any proof of my answer, and this is entirely my interpretation on the topic. But I do not think you will need a plug in your shotgun IF you are exclusively hunting ECDs. If you were hunting mourning doves at the same time, or some other migratory bird, then yes you would definitely need a plug. But when it is just ECDs, I don't see a need for a plug since there is no limit on them and they are considered an invasive species.
Those birds are so daggum obnoxious. They sound like they have a mental disability when they squak on the power lines behind my house.
I think you need a plug during mourning dove season, but not outside of dove season. The issue would that they might interpret you has hunting mourning doves during the mourning dove season, even if you are only hunting collard doves. Outside of that time a plug would not be required.
I prefer my air rifle for ECD, a 22cal pellet to the base of the neck drops them flat - honestly I'd use it on morning doves too if they'd let me. Makes a lot less of a mess of the meat. But for now when I see it's a Morning Dove in my scope I stay my itchy finger.
Here is the reply I received from Amy she contacted the upland game mgr. He said that its not required but during dove season it would be a good idea to have one in, pretty hard to explain that you are just hunting E.C.D.s Sorry I could not get the link to post.
I don't like going to the doctor, but I like Amy . opps wrong Amy
No worry my Stoeger pellet gun with suppressor barrel no plug has to date kilt 151 Eurasion doves from my kitchen window, makes breakfast interesting.
ECD like Coyotes and jack rabbits are not considered game animals and do not require special regulations, no license, no season, any weapon and no limit.
DWR considers ECD 's a nuisance , they are an invasive species that has invaded 42 States, that is now having an impact on native species, such as morning dove migration and nesting along with many domestic non game birds. Kill them all
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