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KY John, let us know how the hunt goes with the neighbors


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Shot the sunflower field this afternoon. We didn't go to the field until nearly 3 pm. Rains were popping up around us but we only got light sprinkles. It was a bit windy because of the impending storm clouds, which had the doves flying pretty sporty, for opening day. As I almost always do I opened the season with a .410, today the FAIR Iside 30" barreled ejector gun. I shot poorly but managed 13. No excuse for not getting the limit. Just poor shooting, that's all. So nice to be back in the field with a gun.


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Saturday

15 doves

Browning Superposed LTRK regular stock 20 gauge IC/MOD

My reloads and hand cast shot about 7 1/2

EAST wind, rare and the doves were FAST

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Stan, what size shells and shot were you using?


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Pump gun reminiscences, satisfied (I am not the young gunner I used to be). Shot it for the first 5 birds, 9 shells. Not as adept as I was once upon a time. That tradition satisfied, I broke out a 20 bore Browning O/U choked 1/4 and 3/4 and ran out the remaining 10 with 12 shells....Birds scarcer at this waterhole than previous days. Stepson Nic and his bride got to put their Wonderful little English Cocker to work on plenty of water retrieves. She is a Crackerjack....
Got a field with some waste grain mowed between showers last week. Going to shoot it this afternoon. there appeared to be enough birds working it yesterday afternoon to put a couple of limits of shooting in front of us.
Great to get out with my Favorite ( and usually only) shooting companion and a young dog.
Good Luck to all as your season unfolds.

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Hot humid opening day in south GA. I ended up on a pay shoot close to town as a guest of a friend. Nice field but a bit oversold. Lots of limits were shot but not by me. I've sworn off hot opening days many different times over the years, but I just keep doing it...Geo

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Originally Posted by PALUNC
Stan, what size shells and shot were you using?

Mike, I was using some Remington 11/16 oz. loads of 7 1/2 shot that I had on hand. I woulda rather had the WW 3/4 oz. landings, as they have proven themselves to be superior in regulation and killing power, in my guns. I'm saving my stash of hand loaded 3/4 oz. loads of nickel plated 8 1/2s for a little later when the birds are mature. It is a little sledgehammer load.


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Hot and humid in Maricopa AZ, with NWS alerts about high winds and dust storms, monsoon rain on Thursday night, lightning on Thursday and Friday nights. Birds were scarce but steady on the Thursday opener, shot a limit with my 686 Black Onyx 28ga. Friday was a different story, with far fewer birds in the morning, so we finished our limits in the afternoon. Saturday morning was a bust, I got one mourning dove. Bonus birds were a mix of a few Euros and some feed lot, corn-fed pigeons for the chili pot. Game warden said it was very slow around Maricopa and Casa Grande. Drove over 1,000 miles for 31 doves. Why? I still love me some dove hunting.

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Drove over 1,000 miles for 31 doves. Why? I still love me some dove hunting.

Me too, brother. But, there are many worse things to spend time and money on.


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Shot my Ithaca M37 28 ga. with 3/4 oz of 7.5s. Shot the first 5 birds with 5 shots and knew then I was doomed. Which I was. The balance of the limit was a few more shots per bird. Gil

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