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Thot it best to open a new thread, now that the season has opened in most places to see how folks have faired. I've not been out yet this season, but oft find the better sport in early October and no longer have the company of some shooting buds not w/us any longer and don't do triple digit days and extreme heat as well as I once did. I'll be getting out to try and take some of them later. So, what guns went afield, what was the set-up and how well did you shoot? And most importantly, did ya have fun?

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Had a great time in NE Colorado. The birds were there, but spread out & finding a place they congregated us tough. I shot my Parker repro 28ga & loved very minute of the shooting even though I shot pretty poorly at first.

This was our 24th year of dove camp with the same landowners & their families. We've been doing this camp long enough that in two case we are now dealing with the second & third generation of these farmers.

There was a big down side to this year though. One of the first generation farmers died about a month before the opener, then one of my best friends and founding member of this outing died suddenly from a heart attack two weeks before the opener. Their presence was dearly missed, but we made sure to honor them as best we could & used this years hunt as a time of healing & respect for those we loved. The actual hunting was far down the list of important items at this years annual dove gathering of friends!

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Great hunt except our bird dog ran off and was not found until 24 hours later. All’s well that ends well though. I got my limit

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Monsoon rains in southern AZ put a damper on things. Around Gila Bend and Maricopa, the whitewings were mostly gone. Virtually no Euros in the spots we hunted. Not an abundance of mourning doves, but enough to keep things interesting and allowed us to scratch out limits. Lots of mud and bazillions of bugs, but not as many hunters as expected. Cloud cover kept temps in mid-90s, compared to the usual 110+. Stopped at three walmarts, no ammo in any of them. Sports store in Yuma that always has a good supply imposed a five-box limit before the opener and said they were pretty much sold out on day three when I called.

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Good news in that you got your dog back safe and sound. RWTF


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Dickinson .410, W-W 3/4 oz. 8 1/2s, Saturday morning early ............... beautiful 55 degree @ sunrise morning

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So few here in East Texas that we skipped the opening day. Not even a half dozen seen here on the farm (we do not shoot them and scare them off the bird feeders in the yard) and less than 20 shots fired from a nearby field that is normally a high producer. A landowner friend said he drew a blank on his place 30 miles south. He plans to wait for cool weather to drive them south from Kansas and points North. It is still pretty warm here , so it may be a few weeks before many birds arrive.


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Great pic, Stan! Nice touch, those sunflowers that your gun is resting on.

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Thanks, we'll see if we can get another good 'un this afternoon


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Stan: Lovely photography!. Your .410 Dickenson is an absolute twin to mine. Shot my Dickenson (but in 28-gauge) on clays Wednesday as I didn't have a good option to hunt the dove opener here. Shot it surprisingly well, considering it's less than half the weight of my SKB clays gun (and I haven't touched it for several years now). I'm likely taking it with me to the North Woods as a backup for my 16 (and to help with "precious" 16-gauge RST ammo consumption up there). Just did the math on the time planned for the trip there (extended slightly to allow for my son's school & work schedule) and it's a little over 6-weeks now(!), so....ammo use is a real consideration.

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