game bird

noun

Definition of game bird 

: a bird that may be legally hunted according to the laws especially of a state of the U.S.

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Sunflowers are planted by hand each year to attract game birds. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Giant, yellow sunflowers are in peak bloom in the Washington region," 11 July 2018 Predators include foxes and bobcats, but since flamingos pose little threat to humans and are not considered game birds, No. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "A Flamingo? In Texas? A Zoo Fugitive Since 2005 Is Still Surviving in the Wild," 27 June 2018 Inside his home, investigators discovered a stuffed mountain lion and several non-game birds, Foy said. Ryan Sabalow And Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Man accused in California’s largest raptor poaching case left hawk carcasses to rot," 15 Mar. 2018 In 1998, Ohioans were asked to weigh in on whether mourning doves should be categorized as game birds and hunted. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Dialysis to duels: Why Ohio keeps voting on odd, complicated ballot issues," 5 July 2018 The hunts, aimed at providing high-quality wingshooting for doves, the most popular game bird in Texas, will be run by professional outfitters and will take place on private lands controlled by the outfitters. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Lottery-like public program offers expanded Texas hunting opportunities," 30 June 2018 Bobwhite quail remain a premiere game bird in the southeast and Tall Tibers Research manages 3,500 acres of its habitat in multiple states, according to the organization's website. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Radio tagged birds tracked to last place you'd imagine - another animal's stomach," 2 July 2018 But the proposal to set a longer statewide deer season in the North Zone drew opposition from quail hunters who hunt in the Rolling Plains, where an estimated 36,000 hunted the game birds during the 2016-17 season. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Longer whitetail deer season in North Zone shot down," 24 Mar. 2018 Foragers and hunters will supply the late-fall and early-winter kitchen with wild mushrooms, nuts, game birds, deer, moose, bear. Pete Wells, New York Times, "The New Noma: Frequently Asked Questions," 24 Apr. 2018

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1770, in the meaning defined above

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