I have lived in the south for my entire life and dove hunting is huge. Labor day weekend (normal opening or close to opening) brings friends and families together for picnics, BBQ's and the change to harvest the best tasting game bird I've eaten. I did move to ohio in 1990 and there was no season there and several groups across the state got enough petitions signed to have it put on the ballot in the next state election. There were cries from the anti hunting groups galore. I worked our local poll and heard rants like "these hunters will be shooting them your backyards by your bird feeders, they will just shoot them and just leave them as they are too small, they are a songbird, population too low,etc.,etc. The bill passed resoundingly but what was missing was the knowledge of how to attract doves in shootable numbers legal. We started getting farmers with some set aside ground to plant paradobic sunflowers and the results were just like in the south. You won't hardly see large numbers until you provide a enticing food source. Doves love millet, milo, wheat and sunflowers----small grain seeds are best and they like very clean ground under the plants or where you sow your seed. Corn is not a FAVORED food source but doves will eat it and more so if it has been cut for silage as the kernals get cracked during the harvesting process.
Why not try to get a season in and open another hunting opportunity. Women ,once introduced to it, tend to enjoy. It is easy hunting and you don't have to be real still and silent. Most kids in the south cut there hunting teeth at a dove shoot first retreiving----my first was retrieving for my grandfather. I remember being so excited several weeks before the shoot it was crazy----worse than waiting for Christmas!!!!
If you guys get a season voted in I will be more than will to tell you how to prepare a sunflower field---how to prepare ground, how to plant, what to spray withand amounts and how to manage the cutting for optimum results. If invited I might even come up and let you guys show me how to hit some!!!
Last note is safety is very important and no dove should be attempted if it is flying low---only shoot birds that are aganist the sky. On a dove field be prepared to get "sprinkled" by pellets that rain down from across the field but these will not hurt as the velocity is too slow---ALWAYS WEAR GLASSES WHEN SHOOTING ANYTHING!!!!
Would love to see you folks get a season and will gladly help you with planting a field.