Dove Hunting


August 17, 2009, 06:35 AM
Dove season is coming up and im always I'm always up for hearing other peoples dove hunting tips and tactics.

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August 17, 2009, 07:32 AM
power lines or a dead tree close to water. I have a friend that limits out every year with a pellet gun. They always water during the day and particularly sundown.

August 17, 2009, 09:31 AM
Just know your area, know the flight paths, know the water holes. If you're sittin' and you can notice a flight pattern, move into it. Hunting tree lines/roost areas in the evening can be productive, too. I've never used decoys, but I bet decoys on a fence could help. I'll be headed out in a few weeks labor day weekend to shoot a few.

August 17, 2009, 12:00 PM
Dont drink too much the night before...:p

August 17, 2009, 12:32 PM
Feed lots

If you can get permission to shoot over a feed lot, and you don't mind the smell of ammonia and the realization that the dirt underfoot is 100% ****, you can limit easily.

And you can shoot pigeons for fun and the challenge. Bring some #5 shot and remember that they're flying at 40 MPH so lead the suckers.:D

August 17, 2009, 05:48 PM
Use a twice pipe because by the time you use the 3rd shell in a sling-o-matic, you're over-extended and fall off your icechest backwards shooting at the passer as he crosses behind you:p

August 17, 2009, 05:59 PM
If you are in a grain field and there's a single source of pea gravel, lots of times, hunting near that pea gravel is good. Birds will fly there to pick up pebbles for their craw. Look for those sources of pebbles, can be hot spots.

August 17, 2009, 06:29 PM
How small is the gravel for their craws?

I have a driveway full of pea gravel I want to get rid of... But it might be a bit bigger than what they want.

It's worse than useless for parking cars, and I can 't clean leaves off of it without blowing the gravel along with them. I want to know what idiot previous owner it was, who PAID to have the second driveway covered in pea gravel!:rolleyes:

August 17, 2009, 06:39 PM
Being a biker, I hate pea gravel drives for obvious reasons. Caliche is better, but dirty when wet. Gets all over your car. Me, I have a concrete drive. :D

Doves use rather tiny little pebbles. You'd probably wanna import some condors or maybe buy some emus. :D

August 17, 2009, 06:42 PM
These are pretty tiny, for a driveway.

I could sift out the really little ones. I doubt that anyone would call a pile of rocks "bait"...:D

August 17, 2009, 06:48 PM
I remember a piie out on a lease in west Texas by the road, was dumped there to use on the road. I was out there deer hunting, but I'd watch the birds fly in on that pile of gravel, just made me water at the mouth for my shotgun, but season was closed on doves. That would have been THE prime spot on that 1000 acre pasture for dove hunting, though. I'm not sure what that particular gravel had that the rest of the road didn't have. Never quite figured that one out.

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