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doves

Dove season soon and there seams to be a lot of birds around in so cal. any body going

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I am

I'm itching for it.  In anticipation I fully field stripped and cleaned my favorite shotgun Thursday night and then was out today looking for deals on dove loads. I have a few areas lined up to go. Dancing

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Still debating on waking up

Still debating on waking up around 2 AM and heading out to the DFG fields in Calipatria for a little dove hunt.  Where do you go shooting Dustin?

Those fields are nuts.  It's always a good time.  My Dad usually comes out for a little hunting, tuna fishing, and golfing week.  However, he was unable to this year. 

Nothing like opening morning of dove season, especially with 2,000 of your closest friends. Wink

 

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Doves

This year where planing on dove hunting south of blythe by the river but i'l will be Craig CO for pronghorn around the same time so well see. Ya that area down by Calipatria is nuts on opening day theres a lot of birds and hunters but still fun

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I was lucky enough to find a

I was lucky enough to find a farmer who let me one his property to hunt.  Only 3 of us hunting a river through his fields.  Had a great shoot.

He also has snow geese in the fall/winter, but I have not taken him up on that yet.....

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I have not yet given doves a

I have not yet given doves a try and have never had the chance to eat one either. Maybe someday I'll be able to give it a try but I think my shotgun skills will need some work before I do.

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It is something that every

It is something that every hunter should try at least once in their lifetime, especially in a place like this.  You have never been part of a scene like the opener of dove season out here.

The DFG has thousands of acres that they plant with milo, alfalfa, whatever, for the doves and pheasants.  The fields are open hunting, and there are thousands of people that drive out there from San Diego, Los Angeles, and all parts around.  The anticipation of the first shot a half hour before sunrise is high, as nobody wants to shoot too early and be the first.  But, once the first shot goes off, all heck breaks loose, and it's a war zone.

But a fun war zone.  Doves come from EVERY direction. Nothing you hunt flies that fast, or can change direction so quickly.  There is a reason that the national average for shots per dove is around 6.5-7.5 :lol:  I shot almost 75 rounds for 3 birds the first time I tried it. 

It's a huge social event, as people are yelling, laughing, just having a great time.  You have to try it.  As for eating, just wrap the breasts in bacon, throw on the grill for 4 minutes a side or so.  A little salt and pepper, and you're done. Wink

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Sounds like a llot of fun. I

Sounds like a llot of fun. I need to add California to my list of states that I've hunted in, might be worth driving out there sometime for a day hunt just to say I did it. Sounds like I would need to bring a case of ammo though as I hace very little practice with birds.

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And the best thing is, they

And the best thing is, they have a one day non resident small game license.  You won't need to dish out big bucks for it.  It's $20.78 for the license, then $8.90 for the bird stamp.  That's it, for tons of fun.  Add another day for $15 more.

Put it on the to-do list.

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