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Is 20 acres enough to hunt dove?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Bobarian, Aug 11, 2016.

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  1. Bobarian

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    Thanks for the replies and advice, guys.
     
  2. Sniper66

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    Just use your head and be careful, the way you would do with any hunt. With the nearest fence being 150 yards from center, you can easily create shooting lanes that would be plenty safe for any shotgun with light dover loads.
     
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    Another thought...I used to hunt squirrels in a strip of woods next to a row of houses. I used a 410 and killed lots of squirrels, always of course shooting with the houses behind me. Never had any complaints, but finally quit because it made ME uncomfortable. I would much rather hunt where I don't have to think about it.
     
  4. Sav .250

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    I sure would not leave anything to chance that`s for sure.
     
  5. Dr. Sandman

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    Texas is supposed to be a "gun state", but they sure do have some rules in place that you may not expect. When hunting there years a go, I was informed that open carry was against the law at the time. In Texas! I could not believe it and did not look it up on purpose. Check local rules. If it were in Indiana, I would have zero hesitation with regard to firing a gun on a property that size (common sense permitting, of course!).
     
  6. MCgunner

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    Got hit in the upper lip a few years back from about 60 yards, falling shot. It didn't leave a mark nor even sting. I doubt it'd even hurt an unprotected eye, though I wear glasses.
     
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    Yep, as long as your shot doesn't travel across property lines you are good to go.
     
  8. Mgaines

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    I grew up on 10 acres in central Oklahoma, the frontage at road was about 1/2 mile, I shot 410 and 12 gauge and .22 rifle all the time, we had neighbors on each side and they had kids my age and they also shot, neighbor to east had cattle and horses and it never bothered them.
    I would say you will be plenty safe on 20 acres with 12 gauge, just don't go to your fence line and shoot at neighbors houses :D
     
  9. Jim Watson

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    We tested when the local T&S club relocated.
    Carryout of 7 1/2 was somewhat greater than the calculated value, about 700 feet, as determined by sending the club president downrange with a sheet of plywood to shelter under. Fortunately that was still inside our property line.
     
  10. AKElroy

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    +1. I've had some of my best hunts on a 4 acre parcel that a buddy ownes. 8 shot is pretty much unnoticeable when falling, although if the neighbor has a metal barn or roof they may gripe a bit.

    In other words, shoot up. 20 acres is plenty.
     
  11. Newtosavage

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    Perfectly safe. What's the location? :D
     
  12. Olympus

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    Yeah, I think that is WAY more than enough to dove hunt on. I have hunted with groups of about 6 on 10 acres. Everyone faces the same direction and has a shooting arc that they know to stay inside. Been doing it for many years and never had an accident.
     
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