Mississippi dove hunters could find as many as four different species in their range of fire this season, and one of them — Eurasian collared dove — are not managed with a bag limit since they are not native to North America. These are larger birds, more like pigeons than other doves, and usually lighter in color except for a black collar around the neck.
Our typical mourning dove is closely related to the white-winged dove and the Inca dove, and Mississippi hunters have been encountering more of those two species in recent seasons. They are more native to Texas, the desert Southwest, Mexico and Central America.
The white-wing and Inca dove, the smallest of dove species, are legal to shoot in Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and they count against the daily bag limit.