dove season is close

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by JERMSQUIRM, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    here in ill dove season is just around the corner. sept 1st. man been seeing alot of them flying around the local ponds i fish. i only shot a few last season. looks like it could be a good season at least the first part. seems to be quite a few around now. looks like double from last year.
     
  2. hookeye

    hookeye New Member

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    Here in Ky it opens on Sept 1st also. I can't wait been seeing a lot of birds here too!
     

  3. riverbud55

    riverbud55 Well-Known Member

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    been watching the birds out in blythe ca for the past month, were 100's of thousands there two week ago and most all white wings. went out there this last weekend and i would say theres 90% less than 2 weeks ago. been some bad weather and kicked the birds out to south of the boarder. been cool and windy and for the white wing anything less then 100 is cool, going to need some days of 110 +. got two weeks to heat up. any body hunting blythe?
     
  4. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Like all you guys, I've been seeing a lot of doves flying this year. Might be a great early season. I don't know about anyone else but I need to practice shooting a good bit before opening day to keep from embarassing myself when the real thing comes around. In the past my bird to shot ratio goes way up if I have shot a few rounds of skeet prior to the season.

    whatever it takes

    Cheez
     
  5. bankpoleken

    bankpoleken New Member

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    Have any of you shot the Eurasian collared dove while out dove hunting? I know they have been prevelant in the south for quite some time, but I have only seen a few here in East central Illinois. Here in Illinois I heard it is legal to shoot them, but they must be counted as part of your 15 per day limit. Like I said, I have seen a few in the area, but have not had the opportunity to shoot one. I understand they are somewhat larger than our turtle dove. I sure would like to get one this year just to see what they look like up close.
     
  6. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    never heard of em. be something to look out for.
     
  7. Southernraised84

    Southernraised84 New Member

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    Here in NC been seeing lots of em out behind my grandpas house.I think our season starts the same day as yalls.I think its gonna be a great season for us where i hunt'em at they put corn down.There is nothing but corn feilds htis year where i hunt come to think of it cant wait till opening day!!!
     
  8. brian sax

    brian sax New Member

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    i might go the 3rd or the 4th of sept for the first time, would a 20 gauge be nice. i was thinking on using the browning gold. also what shot do u guys use.
     
  9. bankpoleken

    bankpoleken New Member

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    Brian - I shoot a 12 gauge and use #8 shot. I think anything from #71/2 to a #9 would be fine. My grandson hunts with a 20 gauge and kills as many or more birds than I do. Good luck on your first dove hunt. I usually talke along at least two boxes of shells and have been know to have to go back to town and get more. The best day I ever had I killed my 15 birds with 18 shots. I have also had days where I have shot two boxes of shells and had 6 birds in my bucket.
     
  10. brian sax

    brian sax New Member

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    thanks for the info, them suckers look hard to hit.
     
  11. hookeye

    hookeye New Member

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    Hey Bankpole,
    There are a lot of those Eurasians around. Here in Kentucky if you leave the head and feathers in tact to transport them so they can be properly identified they do not count against the daily bag of 15. I just found that out the other day in a local magazine article. They are identified by a small black marking on there neck according to the article.
     
  12. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    i use an old and beautiful remington mohawk 48 12 guage auto with winchester superspeed game shot. 6-71/2 loads. im ready. got my liscense and some ammo the other day. pow pow pow.
     
  13. hookeye

    hookeye New Member

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    I hear you Cats,
    I use a Mossberg 12 ga pump with modified choke and #7 1/2 or #8 shot. Brian, my first two seasons I used a single shot youth model 20 ga and didn't do too bad. It helps to practice a lot at skeet shooting as those dudes are moving on when they come in and are tough to hit.
     
  14. brian sax

    brian sax New Member

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    i do pretty good at skeet so i should be ok
     
  15. cook

    cook New Member

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    Opens here on the 1st,love grilling those breasts with a jalapeno on the inside,then wrapped in bacon.

    I average about 4-5 shells per dove :cursing:
     
  16. ASASIN

    ASASIN New Member

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    It's a good time to get the ol' hand eye coordination in sync for the upcoming waterfowl season. I usually go the first week or so. Some mighty fine eating, too, I might add, using the recipe that Cook gave us. God bless.
     
  17. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    were going out today to shoot some clay. only two more days to go.

    oh man ya hit it on the spot. we are gonna take the bacon this year and season it with texas select seasoning juicy pig and also the breast with some hot blend and grill with BBQ sauce. ah man im ready. another tip soak them in milk overnight. makes those babbies soft as a ribeye. :D
     
  18. brian sax

    brian sax New Member

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    good luck out there
     
  19. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    never made it yesterday. we got 3 cases of clay and 500 shells and getting ready to go shoot. season is tomorrow. sweet.
     
  20. PARATROOPER

    PARATROOPER New Member

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    Well Jeremy and I were today's trap shooting champions, we had 2 shoot off's that both ended in a tie. Unfortunitly doves seldom fly as slow and straight as the clay pidgions do. Well, I plan on hunting all day to get my limit. My dove to shot ratio is pretty pathatic. I bought 16 boxes of shells.......I hope that will get me through opening day......... :rolleyes:

    PARATROOPER