Dove Hunting Tips For A Sure Catch

Dove hunting season can be an exciting time of year. It stars in the fall of hunting season and can be a lot of fun as well as tuning your skills, brushing the cob webs off yourself and preparing for the winter bird hunting season. When heading off to the dove hunting field here are […]

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Dove hunting season can be an exciting time of year. It stars in the fall of hunting season and can be a lot of fun as well as tuning your skills, brushing the cob webs off yourself and preparing for the winter bird hunting season. When heading off to the dove hunting field here are a few tips to give you an advantage over your prey and are used by experienced dove hunters. Following these tips will help to make a sure catch:

1… Match Your Choke To The Conditions

A wrong choice of choke will seriously affect your shell/bird ratio. A common mistake is using chokes that are too tight for doves. For sure, some shots at doves can be pretty long, but shots requiring full chokes are not that common. Fortunately, with today’s modern shotguns, they have screw in choke tubes so you can hit the field with every choke. You might need and make a quick change for small adjustments but this can only take less than a minute. Carefully consider the range your shots are likely to be and make your choice. A good rule of thumb is that by improving your guns cylinder you can get about 25 yards, modified to about 35 yards, and full choke to about 40 to 45 yards. A 45 yard shot at a dove is pretty hard to hit and most dove shooters will score with better success about twice as often at 25 yards.

2… Picking A Good Spot

With doves being seed-eaters, most dove hunts are around fields that have been cut or recently planted for fall crops. Positioning around the field is the way to go but some spots are definitely better than others. Gaps among st the trees could be a flight path for doves coming and going. Power lines also attract dove for perching and are also nice a clear for them. Doves do like to sit in trees around water so if there’s a pond or stock water trough nearby, get close to it. Using a Dove Caller will bring them closer as well. Just don’t overuse it or the effectiveness will wear off.

Faulk’s D-8 Dove Caller

3… Standing Or Sitting In A Shaded Area

There’s a couple of smart reasons for being in the shade. The first, obviously is because it’s cooler and more comfortable than waiting in the sun. Secondly, is your level of visibility. Hunters stayng in a shaded area aren’t nearly as visible to incoming birds as hunters standing in the sun. Also, it’s smart to always try to put the sun at your back. By finding this position you will have a clearer view of incoming birds and the sun will be in the bird’s eyes making it harder for them to detect you.

Dove Shooting Hunting Chair

4… Use What Cover You Can Find

Cover type will vary depending on your best possible position. Try positioning yourself next to a brush or fence post row. Using a decent camouflage pattern outfit you can stand in front or behind the cover and be just as effective. For positions where cover isn’t available, a pop-up blind may be a good option. If you’re with a group of other hunters that are standing out in the open, the birds will more than likely avoid them and may see your position as a good avenue for escape and fly in your direction. Use useful gear to help carry your catch.

Alps Dove Carry Belt

5… Camouflage Selection

Doves have very keen eyesight and will swerve/dart away from anything that stands out and looks out of place. Wearing a lightweight camouflage shirt and pants and cap will blend into the surroundings and your cap will keep the sun out of your eyes and hide your shiny face. With the combination of proper attire, utilizing good cover and playing the sun to your advantage are the ultimate tactics that can get you a lot of birds.

Upland Dove Hunting Vest

6… Avoid Moving Or Mounting Your Gun Until The Bird Is Well In Range

Doves fly straight as an arrow until they detect unsuspecting movement. They will then dip, dart and twist in a manner to try to avoid the what they see as a threat. If you start moving or mount your gun too early they’ll never get within range. Be patient and wait and act quickly and carefully. Practicing with clay shooting is great for dove hunting.

7… Decoys Work Well For Dove Hunting

Adding some decoys in front of your position can allow you to use a more open choke. Doves are flock birds and will try to land and gather where there are numbers of other doves. In other words, dove love decoys!

Mojo Outdoors Voodoo Motion Dove Decoy

8… Good Quality Practice For Other Bird Hunting Seasons

Use dove hunting as good practice for upcoming other bird seasons. If you use an alternative gun for pheasant, duck or geese, take it to the dove field. Generally, you’ll have a lot more shots at doves than you will at any other birds so use the dove season to sharpen your skills with your other bird guns.

9… Don’t Forget The Dog

Doves can be allusive and hard to find so having a quality dog on your hunt can be a huge plus. It’s also a great way for your dog to get some good training time as well. Just remember to utilize the shade and give your dog plenty of water as dove season can generally be warm weather.

For other great Dove hunting tips, check out Dove Hunting Made Simple by Scott Dawson. This book will provide helpful hints for the beginner to the seasoned Dove hunter.

Dove Hunting Made Simple

There’s nothing quite like a good dove hunt, especially when you’re shooting well. It kicks off the hunting season and sets the tone for the rest of the year. Hopefully, these tips will help and you’ll leave your dove field with your bag limit of doves and shells in your pocket! Good luck!

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