The mourning dove, that paltry, sporting little bird that whistles when it flushes and turns at sharper angles than a duck ever could when it spots a hunter in a field of sunflowers or corn, has lost its "songbird" designation in Minnesota. Governor Tim Pawlenty signed a bill making it a game bird into law. Hunters in the Upper Midwest will partake in the most social of a hunts this fall, a communal style of hunting that used to be practiced in Minnesota. The state's last season was in 1946. Not that this happened quietly: Reinstating the dove-hunting season was, and still is, controversial.