Webless Migratory Game Bird Management Program

The Central Flyway Council was originally established to deal with waterfowl issues - those involving primarily ducks and geese. However, within a decade of the Council's first meeting, it became clear that issues affecting other migratory game birds needed to be considered. As can be seen from the below summary from the Procedural Handbook For The Central Flyway Waterfowl Technical Committee And Central Flyway Webless Migratory Game Bird Technical Committee (July 2001), the initial thrust was mourning dove management. But the management of other dove species, pigeons, sandhill cranes, rails, snipe, woodcock and crows were soon added. You will be able to learn more about dove management units and research programs mentioned below on other pages of this site.

"In 1966, after mourning dove migration patterns and derivation of harvest from banding analyses indicated doves crossed Flyway boundaries, the mourning dove management units were established. The Central Management Unit Technical Committee (CMUTC) was formed to provide technical input on mourning dove management and research issues and keep states better advised of mourning dove activities (Minutes of Organizational Meeting of the Central Mourning Dove Management Unit Technical Committee, Denver, Colorado, 5 April 1966).

The background, composition, responsibilities and objectives of this group were outlined by Funk et. al. (1966, Organizational Plan for a central dove technical committee. Unpubl. Report, Central Flyway Technical Committee. 5pp.). Member states followed CMU boundaries and included 14 states. It was suggested that a separate Council of the directors of the member states be formed but this has never occurred. Currently, recommendations from this committee go to the CFC (Central Flyway Council).

In 1967, this committee's name was broadened to "Central Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Technical Committee" to include species other than doves "to maintain state interest". A year later, the Minutes of this committee and reports of the National Program Planning Committee of the Accelerated Research Program indicate the species included mourning doves, white-winged doves, rails, snipe, band-tailed pigeon and sandhill cranes. The CMUTC has handled research (NPPG (National Program Planning Group)-ARP (Accelerated Research Program)) (see Research Programs) and regulation issues only for doves, pigeons, cranes, rails, snipe and woodcock.

In 1999, this committee's name was changed to the Central Flyway Webless Game Bird Technical Committee (CFWGBTC) with membership restricted to Central Flyway states, provinces and territories. In 2001, the committee's name was changed to the Central Flyway Webless Migratory Game Bird Technical Committee (CFWMGBTC)."

As can be seen from the Membership list, some biologists represent their states on both committees while other states have specialists who serve on each. While formal membership on the Webless Technical Committee is restricted to members of the Central Flyway, attendance at meetings and total involvement in the decision making process by other states in the Central Management Unit is considered important and encouraged. During ,many recent years, the state of Missouri, in particular, has participated at a high level with Central Flyway biologists in mourning dove management.