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Jayhawker wrote: »
Yeah...it is that time of year.....unfortunately in MI, doves are "songbirds".....
JerryBobCo wrote: »
I was told that Nebraska also has a hands off policy for doves. That was in the 70s, though. Maybe sixgun can provide an update.
We're starting to see them show up around here. Unfortunately, I don't have a place to hunt, nor am I qualified as a Texas resident for the purpose of getting a resident hunting license. Texas requires 6 months of residency for that, and I've only been here since June. Even if I did have a place to hunt, I'm not going to pay non-resident fees to shoot at and miss doves.
jaywapti wrote: »
Of all the birds i have hunted, doves for me are the hardest to hit.
snake284 wrote: »
Hey, there's no law here, but some more religious types say it's God's bird so don't shoot it. I just figure God put it here for me to use as food like everything else.
But you'd be surprised how many people think like that. I know people that love to shoot quail, deer, Rabbits, Squirrel, and Turkey, but they won't shoot dove. They're not anti hunting.
Gene L wrote: »
I think it comes from the Biblical Flood story. Noah sent a dove off from the Ark to search for dry land, and if it returned, there was no dry land. If it didn't, meant there was dry land. That's my story, anyway.
Jeff in TX wrote: »
Olney TX is where they host the one arm dove hunt. Reason being it's the dove capital on North Texas and usually we have a gazillion birds flying. Last year a week before the season a cool front dropped in and pushed the doves out, but at least we had a few to hunt. This year another front came through, very little shooting as I only fired twice at one bird and missed in three mornings of hunting. My buddies were on their dove lease with 10 shooters and they got 15 total birds in two days. Worst I/we've ever seen it. If it's like last year they'll be back the few days before the early season ends.
timc wrote: »
I agree doves are probably the most challenging birds to hunt. But it is the most fun to me as well. I think equipment is more important for doves as well. I'm running 30" tubes on my Citori with IM and LF chokes. The advantage is I seem to have quite a. It more reach over my buddies. All I know is we had a bet for the most birds this weekend and I have a free breakfast coming tomorrow morning!
Glad you were able to get out gator!
snake284 wrote: »
Tim, two things in this world I love to hunt, well three actually. I don't need trophy elk or moose or anything, except white tail deer, hogs, and DOVE!
I would love to hunt quail also, but I can't hit them. When they break off the ground they get me all flustered. But dove, oh man, my absolute favorite. I used a straight modified choke back in the day. That was when I used my dad's old Model 31 Remington Pump. Now I usually hunt with my Citori and I have a full and a modified in it. First shot modified, second full. I wait til they pass over me or are beside me and shoot the mod. Then I shoot down field with the full.
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