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Hey all, well today in my State and many, many others, it's the Dove Opener. To me this is the start of a new season!

So, as in years past, this thread is to show off your guns, game, dogs and yourself for this season. So let's see all those great pictures again. Looking forward to seeing them!

I do have one request. Please keep this thread on track. Please, no personal attacks or sarcastic comments to those who post in good faith.

I hope everyone has a successful year and most of all a safe one!

See you later right here.

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Greg,
Thanks for posting and keeping it going, glad to see it up again! Here's to another greatly anticipated season!
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I'm looking forward to enjoying this thread again. Thanks, Greg.

Surely there will be some pics up soon. If not, there will be by Saturday night. That's a promise.


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Amarillo Texas
Only local birds so far
94 degrees and 30+ MPH wind, blowing dust.
Tristar Brittany 410
Only 3 presentable shots, 3 doves harvested
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Pics tomorrow , I hope..... Doves are scarce, fewest here since I moved onto this ranch in 1988..... I am a real believer that WINTER STORM URI , took its toll, Coldest recorded temps in 131 years of record keeping ( I am not privvy to the records that the Comanche might have recorded.....) Nesting Dove Population took a HIT.....We shot limits ....BUT shot Pretty Good .... at limited targets.....I had only 19 Doves in shootable range for my 20 Bore..... took a limit.....with little to spare...... Best part of the hunt was trying to set up shots so the falls would present doable retrieving opportunities for Nic's young Cocker.... I got it done often enough to really Whet her desire.... she is a Keeper, more to follow tomorrow.
I hope everyone who went out had a Good outing...

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Sorry to hear of the hit in the dove population there, Paul. Good shooting, BTW. Were you using that pretty Fabbri?

Riding by sunflower fields here I see about as many as ever ........... high numbers in some fields and few in others. But, it's always been that way. Some locations attract doves, and some don't, regardless how attractive they might seem to me. The number in our field is way down this year .......... first time it's been this low in 12 years, but I blame part of it on the poor weed control I got this year. The Palmer Amaranth (pigweed) has just about completely taken it over, despite my attempts to control them. The owners don't want to rotate other crops there, from year to year, despite my pleas, and it's telling the tale now. We're going to shoot it Saturday morning, so as to limit the shooting to a shorter time, then we'll see if they build up in number later. Also, corn harvest is in full swing here, and doves can get cracked corn behind the combines in many locations. That pulls them away from the sunflowers until a big rain comes and sours it a little. I'm invited to shoot another sunflower field Labor day afternoon. My pastor is scouting it and called yesterday afternoon to tell me how many doves he was seeing in it, so maybe it will be a good one.

Looking forward to your pics from Texas, yours too Mike.


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Modern combines here drop literally nothing on the ground....they're not farming like in the the 1960's Stan.

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Shot the field this morning. We were there at first light and two or three shots were fired, but it all ceased for awhile. When it got good daylight they came to feed, but not in the numbers we usually have. I was using the 30" barreled Dickinson .410 with the W-W 3/4 oz. loads of 8 1/2s. Managed to get 12 with it. Last shot was a 36 yard crosser, mature bird, that dropped like a rock.

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Planning to go again Monday afternoon. Will either take the Dickinson again, or the FAIR Iside .410.


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looks like you had a great day, here's hoping there's more to come!
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Great picture Stan, and well done for opening the season!

What chokes does your Dickinson have?

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