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Best Dove Hunt in over a decade!

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 25,809 Senior Member
I’m out of town but ironically, my best friend and former partner of 18 (before he retired) years was in the same location doing similar stuff. We hooked up and hung out a couple times. Then, he set us up with a dove hunt. Hell yeah!!!  The previous best dove hunt in my life had been with him over a decade ago. Maybe lightning could strike twice?!?

We showed up late morning at the farm he got us permission to hunt and we drove around looking at the flight patterns. Decided on a covered shed for hay storage and did pretty good for awhile with a borrowed Winchester Shotgun and ammo from Walmart (it took two hours and two different Walmart Stores to get ammo and a license). The Ringnecks were flying but little to no Morning Dove. 


Things slowed down at noon and we drove around looking for more birds. 

With nothing much going on, we ended up back at the hay barn. Though slow at first.......it began to speed up with amazing crescendo. 

By evening, it was getting ridiculous!!!  I darn near couldn’t keep the gun loaded!!!!

Wave after wave of Ringnecks (no season/limit as they are invasive) flew over us!  Only the occasional White Wing or Morning Dove. 
By sun down, I couldn’t keep up with the number of birds in the air. 

There are 34 birds in that shell pouch!!! And I didn’t have room for more. 
We ended up with over 80 birds and not even a limit of Morning or White Wing between us!!

(Just a portion of the haul.)
I can’t express how good it was to see and spend time with such a great friend. And, lightning struck twice!  The second best dove hunt in my life was with the same dude. 

Hunting is great. Hunting with friends is greater!! 
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,247 Senior Member
    Excellent. I am envious......Would love to experience that type of hunting.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Melting a barrel or 2 on those Eurasian doves?  That’s a helluva hunt!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,244 Senior Member
    Are what you're calling "ring necks" eurasian collared doves?

    If so, we have them here also.

    Nice haul either way
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    DAMN!!!!!  You did this with a borrowed shotgun!!!  Color me impressed! 
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 25,809 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    Are what you're calling "ring necks" eurasian collared doves?

    If so, we have them here also.

    Nice haul either way
    Yes. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 25,809 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    DAMN!!!!!  You did this with a borrowed shotgun!!!  Color me impressed! 
    It was a good day. Could have gone either way. 😳
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 25,809 Senior Member
    Six-Gun said:
    Melting a barrel or 2 on those Eurasian doves?  That’s a helluva hunt!
    If every bird hunt was that way, I could get into wing shooting. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,244 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #9
    Gotta ask, how many boxes of shells did you go through?? 
    ;)

    (Dove aren't hard to hit, they're just easy to miss :D )
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,095 Senior Member
    Nice! 

    I have yet to go out this season. I've just had way too many things going on. I've had spots out here that I've limited on white wings in less than an hour... At one time going out every day, there were so many birds, I was intentionally picking my shots carefully and trying to get a limit with the least amount of shells possible.  My record is 15 birds, 18 shells.  Find a good spot, it's a ton of fun.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Good for you, Zee.  I remember those kinds of hunts when I was a kid.  Brings back the memories.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Six-Gun said:
    Melting a barrel or 2 on those Eurasian doves?  That’s a helluva hunt!
    If every bird hunt was that way, I could get into wing shooting. 
    We need to get you to NE.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 25,809 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #13
    knitepoet said:
    Gotta ask, how many boxes of shells did you go through?? 
    ;)

    (Dove aren't hard to hit, they're just easy to miss :D )
    3 boxes

    I was doing well on my hit ratio when things were slow. When it got crazy......and things were happening fast.......I got sloppy. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,702 Senior Member
    FANTASTIC!!  Last time I went dove hunting my hit ratio was embarrassing.  It wasn't until the last quarter box of 2 that i began to connect .  You even got enough for a good meal.  Plump looking birds too
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,498 Senior Member
    Way to go, my friend!

    One thing I've noticed about dove hunting is that your hit-percentage can be really high (I consider 60% really high, LOL),one day then the next you'll be struggling to reach the 20% mark.

    I've had some really great days in the dove fields, followed the day after by performance I don't care to remember. Or, since it's doves....vise-versa.

    I've hardly ever missed a duck, and only a small percentage of distant p'dogs. But dove.....all bets are off.
    Those things can be vexing.

    Mike


    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,244 Senior Member
    3 boxes... impressive :beer:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 25,809 Senior Member
    Thanks. 
    As Linefinder said........it was a good day. Not all are. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 7,642 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    GunNut said:
    DAMN!!!!!  You did this with a borrowed shotgun!!!  Color me impressed! 
    It was a good day. Could have gone either way. 😳
    You certainly made it work!
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,466 Senior Member
    You are getting the hang of those shotgun thingys, that is a pile of jalepenos you are going to have to buy to grill those doves.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,763 Senior Member
    NICE!!  That is a good day!

    I had an unofficial limit when I last went out with my Mossberg two years ago - 14 mourners with 1 Eurasian.  I think the year before netted 13.  I bought four boxes of the now-required-for-CA non-lead shot last year, but ended up staying home then and this year

    I find I'm kinda conflicted on the whole dove hunting thing.  I LOVE shooting them.  Eating them, not so much.  The real action around here is out in the desert - Salton Sea, Blythe, AZ border, etc..., and if you don't limit by 10 am or so, you're done because of the heat.  I'm definitely one that would rather bundle up for cold than strip down to shorts and still burst into flames anyway.



    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • pjames777pjames777 Senior Member Posts: 1,421 Senior Member
    I'm beginning to think you have already died and live in Heaven.   Your adventures are proof!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 25,809 Senior Member
    Some of them are pretty good. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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