Having Positive Effects on Research

2018 is a year Texas Dove Hunters Association hopes will be remembered for many years to come as the beginning of an ongoing annual research project that not only provides very valuable information on Eurasian Collared Dove but also marks the beginning of an annual event in which hunters from all over the state are in search of the elusive collared dove with a prize band on its leg. The Banded Bird Challenge (BBC) was developed as a means of tracking Eurasian Collared Doves to learn more about their migration patterns, habitat preferences, age and more, as data is collected over the years to come. 460 birds were trapped and banded in August of 2018 and released in various areas all over the state of Texas. Each year as these banded Eurasian Collared Dove are harvested and reported, the data collected on them will give us more information about these birds that now call Texas their home. The information gathered from this research can only be obtained if birds are reported. If the bands are not reported then we won’t have any data on where the birds went, what happened to them or if they are still alive. It is imperative that once these bands are recovered or found that they are reported to TDHA.

The Banded Bird Challenge (BBC) is a season long contest open to anyone who hunts dove in Texas, for a chance to win one of many fantastic prizes. This year’s challenge ran from September 1st, 2018 to January 31st, 2019. During this time if the hunter harvested one of the birds with a TDHA band and was entered in the Texas BB Challenge they were eligible to win a Polaris Ranger donated by Hoffpauir Auto and Outdoors Store, a TDHA logo engraved Supreme Field shotgun donated by CZ-USA, a $500 gift card donated by Bass Pro Shops, a pair of Chippewa snake boots donated by Chippewa or a 45-quart and other size ice chests donated by Frio.

In the first year of this program there were 16 bands recovered and reported. Of the 16 reported, 4 were qualified entries in the BB challenge. We also had one qualifier in the Outfitter’s Division. There was a First Flight Youth Division that included a hunting trip for one youth and an adult as well as a First Flight High School Division awarding a $1,000 scholarship for a high school student wanting to attend college. This year not all divisions had a qualified entrant.


2018 Texas BB Challenge Winners
Lee Hoffpauir presents a Polaris Ranger to Mike Baum of Houston, TX
TDHA logo CZ-USA
Supreme Field shotgun
– Mike Camacho, Beeville, TX
Chippewa Snake Boots – John Carpenter from Missouri City, TX.
$500 Bass Pro gift card
– Denver Eichler from Sandia, TX
Baffin Bay Fishing Trip
– Mark Katzfey of Katzfey Ranches
George West, TX.

Each winner also received a soft sided cooler from Frio. All 16 hunters that reported bands received a one-year membership to Texas Dove Hunters Association.

Every year more birds will be trapped in Texas, banded and released adding to the chances of harvesting one with a band on its leg. Bands do not expire increasing the odds of winning. Hunters must enter annually in order to be eligible to win.

Entry is good for one year. The entry fee is $20. 2019 BB Challenge entries will go on sale on June 1 of 2019 and can be purchased online at texasdovehunters.com or by calling the office at 210-764-1189.

Don’t go to the field without your entry in the BB Challenge!
You may be one of our next winners!