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Opening Day of Dove Season...

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Snarlingiron, Aug 31, 2008.

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  1. Snarlingiron

    Snarlingiron Member

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    The alarm will sound at 4:00 am in the morning. I will get up, get coffee, and jump into the already loaded up car and head for my buddy's house. I'll get there about 5:15. We will get into his jeep, with the shotguns, the decoys, all the paraphernalia and head for the dove lease.

    It's about an hour from his house. We will get there just before sunup, and will hike out to our pre-selected spot and wait for sunrise. With a little luck, the dove will begin to fly.

    It doesn't get any better than this. I think of the approaching dear season. It will be cold then, but much the same. Watch the sun creep over the trees, and see the critters come to life as they begin their workday.

    Opening day of Dove Season...anybody else pumped up as much as I am??
     
  2. Floppy_D

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    Sure, except it opens for me at noon. I'll leisurely roll out of bed some time around 930 or 10, eat a breakfast burrito on the way to my buddy's house, and listen to Minor Threat and drink coffee on the way to the sunflower fields.

    Don't get me wrong, the car is loaded, and I am excited. :)
     
  3. chas08

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    YUP!!!.....Trucks packed, Alarms (2) are set. All I need now is tommorrow. :)
     
  4. Blue Brick

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    I'm up already! 0216 AZ time
     
  5. plumberroy

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    :D5:22 headed out the door:D
     
  6. 3pairs12

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    Good luck guys and be safe. Gotta go I am a little late.
     
  7. Quickdraw Limpsalot

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    Opens at 11am here. Truck's not packed, but I've got plenty of time this morning and everything's piled up ready to load. Trusty ol' pump gun and the autoloader my wife got me last year for Christmas in cases next to the shell-laiden vest and a still-in-the-box Mojo dove decoy recently shipped to my doorstep.
     
  8. TexasRifleman

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    Enjoy :)

    This year with the first day coming on Monday I'm having to wait until next weekend to begin......ugh.
     
  9. 3pairs12

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    My kids first bird :)
     
  10. plumberroy

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    :D:D:DNow that looks like a happy young Lady.:D:D:D
    That is what it's all about (I'm willing to bet the guy behind the camera had just as big a smile)
    Roy
     
  11. 3pairs12

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    Probably bigger. It was so cool and surprising too. I am very proud today.
     
  12. Matt-J2

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    What's the point of dove hunting? Seriously, I have no idea. Do they taste good, or is it just the shooting that's the objective?
    I've never been even slightly interested in bird hunting of any kind...up until I tasted pheasant last year. Mmmmm, gotta get some more of that.
     
  13. 3pairs12

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    They are a challenging and fun bird to shoot. They are like little fighter jets. I think that they actually fly 50 mph. I also eat them, some people don't care for the taste. I like to take half of a breast a jalapeno cut into 2 halves put a piece of sharp cheddar half the breast inside the pepper halves wrap it with piece of hickory bacon, put a toothpick thru to hold it together and barbque them. Turns out pretty good for apetizers.
     
  14. TexasRifleman

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    No, it's not the shooting, it's the eating. OK well it's both, but the eating is so good :)

    My 2 favorite ways are
    1) a small slit on each side of the breast with a slice of japapeno in it then smoked.

    2) marinated overnight in italian dressing with a slice of bacon wrapped around, then grilled.



    Mmmm, we should start a dove recipe thread!
     
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  15. Virginian

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    It's the experience.
    I was back in the back yard in the shade cleaning birds at 8:30 this morning, with two dogs and a cat anxious to help. I finished up well before it got hot, and reflected on how great a morning it had been. It was my stepson's first ever hunt of any kind, and he did okay. I warned him there might not be too many birds, and then we got absolutely swarmed. Life is good.
     
  16. Snarlingiron

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    Man what a hunt this am! My buddy and I both limited out around 10:30, and his 9 year old son took 11 birds. Steady run of birds all morning. What a great time. We both took the day off tomorrow, and are going back.

    I'm thinking a Dove Recipe thread would be a capitol idea.

    Start 'em young. Great photo.
     
  17. Dave McCracken

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    Thanks for the pic. Made my evening.

    Dove Marsala.....

    Cut each breast half in half thickness wise.Remove any shot. Wet,then dredge in seasoned flour. I like some salt and Old Bay Seasoning.

    Saute, not fry, in butter and olive oil. As it cooks, in a second pan saute sliced white mushrooms, onions and Prosciutto. Towards the end of cooking add a cruched clove of garlic.

    When the mushrooms are done, remove the contents to a platter with steamed rice on it. Deglaze both pans with Marsala wine and pour the sauces over the breasts and veggies. Enjoy....

    Note, a decent white wine can be used instead of Marsala.
     
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    Thanks for the recipe I am going to make some Dove Marsala for dinner tomorrow.
     
  19. rantingredneck

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    Opening day after action report......

    We ended up getting a last minute invite to some private land in Lee County NC. Acres of standing sunflowers awaiting the birdies.

    We got there about 12:30. It was my Father In Law, Me, and 4 other guys.

    As soon as we got out of the truck and got guns loaded I had one rise right out of the sunflowers in front of me. Almost looked like a pheasant taking off. Straight up and then broke left. I swung through and fired. Head shot, helicoptered to the ground.

    I thought "Oh boy we're gonna have a good day." We dispersed around the field. My FIL and I sat near the trucks for a bit to see where the flyways were. We had about 80 acres to just the six of us so there was plenty of space. We sat there for about an hour and a half just shooting the breeze and shooting (at) some doves.

    After that first one I seemed to start having "issues". My swing through wasn't swinging right. I finally looked over at my FIL and said, "Hey, you take the lead out of my shells when I wasn't lookin?" He laughed, I said a few choice words when I missed and missed and missed again.

    I put the 11-87 up and broke out the Remington 31. Talk about a difference in weight. The 31 weighs nothing compared to the 11-87. I had forgotten how light it is. I folded one bird with it and missed a few more. Finally decided that I wasn't in the mood to pound myself to death with the light weight pump gun with no recoil pad to speak of.

    Went back to the 11-87.

    By this point we decided to move upfield a bit. There was one corner that seemed to be getting a lot of traffic and no one was there. We spread about 100 yds apart to cover this corner. It was about 3:00. We had 6 doves between us at this point.

    Well, about half an hour later I thought we'd stepped through a wormhole and ended up in Argentina on one of those guided dove shoots. The sky was dark with 'em. I couldn't keep my gun loaded. I missed three straight shots at one bird and then there were 20 overhead. I slammed one home in the chamber and fired taking one down with the two other shells between the fingers of my support hand. I fed two more singles in that way and took one more dove out of those two rounds before I could get my gun fully reloaded.

    I've never seen so many doves in one place. EVER. And I've dove hunted every year for the last 20 years. I was still a little shaky in my shooting though. I was nailing the longish shots but missing some of the easy ones. :cuss: "Hey, you been at my shells again?"

    Finally settled in after I figured out what's different. My swing through is definitely off and the reason seems to be my back surgery. I just don't have the ROM in my torso like I used to. I adjusted by getting more up on the balls of my feet and pivoting more from there. Then I started nailing them. By quarter to six I had limited out. So had my FIL. Two of the four other guys had too, with one of the others getting six birds and another 12.

    The doves are dressed and in the fridge. I'll freeze them tomorrow. Probably cook them this weekend.

    All in all it was a good day. Limited out, but it took me near four boxes of shells to get there........:banghead:
     
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    Great opening day. The Ithaca Ultrafeatherlight 20 ga. performed flawlessly. What a sweet little gun. My first time hunting with it and I couldn't be happier. :D
     

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    Great pic 3pairs12! Congratulations!

    Matt-J2, dove meat is great, but it should be. It costs more per pound than the finest Filet Mignon in the finest restaurant. :rolleyes:

    We always looked at dove season as a tune up for wing-shooting season, but it's a great time all by itself. Nice weather, good company, lots of shooting.

    I may not have mentioned, but we live on 35 acres of river-bottom land. Our dove hunting is done about 100 feet from where I sit right now. I just grab a hat, vest and shotgun and walk down to the barn. :p Yep, hunted all day without even starting the truck. :D
     
  22. TxState101

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    Got the new over and under out for the first time hunting with it. It performed flawlessly, I, however, did not, but still managed being decent.

    The morning hunt, I was hunting in Stonewall with two buddies at his grandparents' place, not a whole lot of birds flying, knocked one down and couldn't find it, couldn't hit anything else that flew anywhere in range, we closed up at about 10:00. Total birds knocked down and found: 5.

    Took a quick nap after breakfast, left Stonewall, and met my dad at his buddies' house in Austin, where we hunted from 3PM - 6:30PM, just about everybody limiting out, except for me. Wasn't taking my time lining up the shots, and shooting out of range a few times. Still, 7 birds in my vest and they were flying like no other. Lost a couple in Austin, knocked one bird out of the air with the top barrel, and knocked down the second bird with the bottom, and reloaded and started trekking my way down the hill, and searched for about 25 minutes and couldn't find the birds, though I found many feathers laying about.

    Still, one of the best days this year, and I couldn't think of a better way to spend Labor Day.
     
  23. Larry Ashcraft

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    TxState101, most of the time when I'm missing like that, I figure out I'm taking too much time lining up the shot. I don't shoot sustained lead well. Give me all day watching a bird coming in and I'll miss him, every time. A shadow over the barn, and a snap shot, and I'll usually drop him.

    Trust your instincts.

    That's just me of course, but I've hunted doves for 48 years, and I know I can hit them, but sometimes I think myself into a miss. I missed doves all morning today, but once I let the old skills take over, I was doing all right.
     
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    Didn't do that well this morning. Only 5 shots, 3 birds. MIssed the first double, scored the second, then picked up a single on the way to the jeep. But I was only out for about an hour, had worked all night. This evening was much better, five for five. Alot of birds flying, but not coming to my little pond. Might try again tomorrow afternoon if I get my patients wrapped up quick enough.

    And my personnel favorite is just a pinch of salt, pepper and believe it or not brown suger, then bake in foil. But I do believe I'm going to have to try some Dove Ala Dave.
     
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    I don't get to go til this weekend due to work. Dangit, missed opening day. Who the HELL scheduled Texas north zone to open on a Monday, anyway, damnit!!!??? I mean, I wasn't doing anything, but it's a long drive to Waco.
     
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