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Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:14 am

We are 144 hours away from Dove season.
Good Wing Shooting
Good Dog Work
Good Fellowship
Good Eating at the Dove Feed Opening Night.
For us it all begins Monday September 1st.
The Count Down Begins.

Journal your Hunts with info and Pics to share with Your Forum Hunting Partners.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby jarbo03 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:42 pm

Legband wrote:We are 144 hours away from Dove season.
Good Wing Shooting
Good Dog Work
Good Fellowship
Good Eating at the Dove Feed Opening Night.
For us it all begins Monday September 1st.
The Count Down Begins.

Journal your Hunts with info and Pics to share with Your Forum Hunting Partners.


So ready for next Monday.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby The Duck Hammer » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:17 pm

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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby 3200 Man » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:14 pm

I only want 15 birds each day , for the next 15 days ! :thumbsup:

And , I'll be there trying each day ! As I do every year ! :lol:
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Weston81 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:37 pm

My dove season is hit or miss depending on if the farmers land I hunt gets his crops out. As of today the corn isn't out, here's to hoping it comes out in the next 4 days.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby GadwallGetter530 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:33 am

Mowed my safflower fields and been pumping water into my government enhanced swales for the birds to grab a drink . Fields are building everday. Goin to be shooting the 410 on the opener. Sounds like a few birds have been banded this year. Didn't manage to get any last season. We usually average around 4to6 on any given season for the past 10 years.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:46 am

GadwallGetter530 wrote:Mowed my safflower fields and been pumping water into my government enhanced swales for the birds to grab a drink . Fields are building everday. Goin to be shooting the 410 on the opener. Sounds like a few birds have been banded this year. Didn't manage to get any last season. We usually average around 4to6 on any given season for the past 10 years.


Hey Gad do the safflower thorns ( for lack of a better term )ever give your dogs trouble ?
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby GadwallGetter530 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:55 am

I Don't run our dogs out here in September. To afraid of rattle snakes. Some seasons we don't see any and others we'll kill a dozen. I'm to paranoid nowadays back when I used too. The dogs might get alittle beat up from safflower thorns but goat head stickers would mess with them. I mow a big relief area, call it a retreivel zone around the fields. So if a bird gets knocked down anywhere near them you can usually pick them up with out a problem.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:58 am

GadwallGetter530 wrote:I Don't run our dogs out here in September. To afraid of rattle snakes. Some seasons we don't see any and others we'll kill a dozen. I'm to paranoid nowadays back when I used too. The dogs might get alittle beat up from safflower thorns but goat head stickers would mess with them. I mow a big relief area, call it a retreivel zone around the fields. So if a bird gets knocked down anywhere near them you can usually pick them up with out a problem.


I got ya , I asked because I planted safflower one year and felt it was harder on my dogs than I was comfortable with.
And had thought if I ever did it again I would use a flail mower and grind it down hard.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby GadwallGetter530 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:06 am

Yeah I mow the crap out of it. First pass just knocks it down. Multiple passes chews it up good and explodes the seed pods. You could always go with sunflower a bit more expensive and can be more of a pain in the ass. Ive had finches clean the heads out prior to dove season. But it is easier on the dogs...... this is one of the small fields of saff.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:25 am

GadwallGetter530 wrote:Yeah I mow the crap out of it. First pass just knocks it down. Multiple passes chews it up good and explodes the seed pods. You could always go with sunflower a bit more expensive and can be more of a pain in the ass. Ive had finches clean the heads out prior to dove season. But it is easier on the dogs...... this is one of the small fields of saff.
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Looks good thx Gad
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:50 pm

Had a good opener plenty of doves for the entire crew.
Opening evening my buddy hosted a dove feed.
The Lady's got together and made a number of side dishes and deserts.
It was a nice day all around.
Our newest shooter was my grandson 10 years old it's always cool to see the next generation fall in love with the sport.
The dog work was excellent enhanced by numerous water retrieves by all the dogs.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Steele22 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:27 pm

Good looking hunt man. Congrats
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby jarbo03 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:08 pm

Steele22 wrote:Good looking hunt man. Congrats


X2. Nice hunt.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby jarbo03 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:16 pm

3" of rain, extreme winds, lighting, and a front that dropped temps 40 deg the night before, had the birds screwed up for the opener. First field was a bust, checked a few others and finally found a wheat field with birds. Taz had a great day with many retrieves, and the rain made some nice water holes to cool off in. A few of our best fields were off limits due to the rain, dirt roads were impassable.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Bufflehead » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:36 pm

We had a good hunt. About 70 people showed up and I think just about everyone killed a limit, those that didn't wasn't because of a lack of birds. The only downside was that it was about 97* with 75% humidity and not a breath of wind.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:15 pm

jarbo03 wrote:3" of rain, extreme winds, lighting, and a front that dropped temps 40 deg the night before, had the birds screwed up for the opener. First field was a bust, checked a few others and finally found a wheat field with birds. Taz had a great day with many retrieves, and the rain made some nice water holes to cool off in. A few of our best fields were off limits due to the rain, dirt roads were impassable.


Sounds like the extra work payed off a lot of guys would have quit.
Well done!
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:17 pm

Bufflehead wrote:We had a good hunt. About 70 people showed up and I think just about everyone killed a limit, those that didn't wasn't because of a lack of birds. The only downside was that it was about 97* with 75% humidity and not a breath of wind.


Yea we had the heat as well , but it's nice when everybody gets a good amount of shooting glad to here it went well.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:20 pm

Steele22 wrote:Good looking hunt man. Congrats


Thx steel hey how are the pups?
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Steele22 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:26 pm

All 8 eyes are open and they're running around like wild kids. I'll put up pics Tomo, thanks for checking. How are yours
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:23 pm

I can't believe how fast they are growing , getting them back in the kennel is like trying to grasp a handful of sand.
They are way to much fun.
I have been letting them fetch quail wings and play in a couple inches of water on the warm days.
I have never seen short hairs take to the water so naturally, all though there momma loves the water as well.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby GadwallGetter530 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:26 am

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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby DeadEye_Dan » Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:40 am

Here's my journal entry for the dove opener.

September 1, 2014:
Didn't hunt because the special interests got our season banned. **** you HSUS.

Damn I'm jealous of you guys that get to hunt doves.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Rick » Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:49 am

GadwallGetter530 wrote:
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Was the Vortex worth the trouble or just one more thing in a situation that would have worked well without?
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby GadwallGetter530 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:52 am

It would of been fine with out it. Just had access to one. So said what the hell lets use it.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:03 am

GadwallGetter530 wrote:
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Great looking shoot , I understand you said it wasn't necessary but how did you like the vortex ?
We love mojo's for dove but don't use them on the opener due to the abnormal pressure on the birds.
Have you seen a difference between the opener and later hunts in the past ?
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby GadwallGetter530 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:13 am

I know we all probably kill alot of first year birds every dove season. So what I'm gonna say won't make much sense. But I swear doves are getting conditioned to those damn spinners. Every year they work less and less. This opener they worked kinda ok for the morning. Had a couple of buddy's come out for the evening that needed to finish up. They hunted some where south of yuba city. Birds seems to dig them bit more that afternoon. The vortex does work well, it catches the birds eye at long distance. I still think though a standard mojo on an extended pole 12 or so feet in the air and another low to the ground is the most effective. Also set them at 90 degree angles. So they can be seen from any where..... just what I've learned over the years.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Woody » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:17 am

I'll give you log of my doves, but I am not writing a gay diary or journal for you to read....

Here is my log:
0... it is illegal in MI, to shot a dove.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby GadwallGetter530 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:24 am

Woody wrote:I'll give you log of my doves, but I am not writing a gay diary or journal for you to read....

Here is my log:
0... it is illegal in MI, to shot a dove.



I don't know how you live in Michigan.
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Re: Journal Your Dove Hunts.

Postby Legband » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:31 am

Woody wrote:I'll give you log of my doves, but I am not writing a gay diary or journal for you to read....

Here is my log:
0... it is illegal in MI, to shot a dove.


Thanks I truly appreciate it.
I wouldn't want you to post anything gay I'm totally against the whole sodomite life style but thanks for sharing :lol: :lol: :lol:
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