Good news, poets! Now there is a second association between
dove and romance besides the overworked rhyme. South Carolina Governor Mark
Sanford when not "saying goodbye" to his Buenos Aires consort over Father's
Day was dispatching mourning doves in Cordoba, Argentina.
The "official state trade delegation" as it was
called by the Post Chronicle which included men and women, "VIPs" and
aids was paid for by Sanford appointee and Cabinet member Commerce Secretary
News reports don't give the name of the dove hunting lodge
in Cordoba where the wing shooting took place. Was it JJ Caceria's Estancia where, "It is normal to
shoot between 1,000 to 1,500 shells per hunter per day," according to the
website and, "Hunters regularly use two guns and a reloader to prevent
barrel overheating" thanks to "no bag limits or seasons"? Photos
show mountains of deceased birds in front of grinning he men. Whee!
At daybreak, "the birds started flying, and it was non
stop until we quit shooting at 11:30 or around 5 pm. Notice I said we quit
shooting. The doves were still flying when we left as we were completely worn
out from shooting," write Mike Bland of Houston, Texas on the lodge's
"I have never seen
so many dove [sic] and have never [sic] a more fulfilling hunt in my life," wrote
William Holliday of New York.
"Both of my boys became members of the Club 1000 for
shooting more than 1000 birds in a single day--a proud papa moment,"
John Horton of Austin, Texas.
Of course Horton doesn't have to go all the way to Argentina
to teach his children bloodlust.
Most states including Sanford's South Carolina offer "youth dove
hunts" for children as young as 8, though bag limits can be as low as 15
and adult takes count toward the child's bag limit so don't try anything.
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