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Tune Up for Doves

Tune Up For Doves, my outdoor buddy, myoutdoorbuddy, Mike Mogler, Hunting, hunting dove, dove hunting, California dove hunting, feral pigeons, hunting feral pigeons, outdoor sport

nyone who hunts doves will tell you that they are one of the most challenging birds in the air to shoot. Their swift, unpredictable, and erratic flight pattern can leave hunters staring at a pile of empty shell casings on the ground with little to show for their expended effort.

Dove season is usually the first opportunity for scatter gunners to take the field, and as a result, hunters can find their shooting technique a bit rusty, and in need of tuning up.

This article may come too late for anyone to heed my advice this season, but I encourage all dove hunters to consider what I propose. It has worked well for me and my hunting pals over a span of many years.

As many hunters know, feral pigeons exist in great numbers throughout most of the United States and elsewhere. In California, there is no established season or bag limit, and these birds can be taken year-round. They exist in great numbers, and show no evidence of a declining population.

Tune Up For Doves, my outdoor buddy, myoutdoorbuddy, Mike Mogler, Hunting, hunting dove, dove hunting, California dove hunting, feral pigeons, hunting feral pigeons, outdoor sport

On the contrary, their numbers continue to increase exponentially. These birds tend to take up residence in urban and suburban locations, usually on rooftops. They raise their young there. They fly out to agricultural areas to feed, either in the morning or in the afternoon, sometimes both.

My advice is to do some preliminary scouting and locate a few places where it is permissible to shoot feral pigeons. It’s a good idea to shoot them off and on, all year long, especially right before dove season opens.

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Feral pigeons offer a sizeable number of birds to hunt, and although they are larger than doves, they are powerful flyers and can be a challenging target, especially after the first shot is fired.

A couple of pigeon hunts prior to the opening of dove season can provide an exciting opportunity to hone your wing-shooting skills. It’s an effective way to shake the rust off your shooting technique, and to be better prepared for the dove opener.

Don E. Webster has been engaged in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits for over 60 years. His recently published book, Bury Me In My Waders-An Old Duck Hunter Recalls His Fowl Past, currently ranks among the most popular, best-selling duck hunting books on Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle. His next book, a selection of his columns from MyOutdoorBuddy.Com, entitled Bears, Beer, Trout Tacos, Etc" will be published in mid-summer. Don's website is donewebster.com.

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Conservation Key to Future of Hunting

11/14/16 -- At its core, conservation seeks sustainability of wildlife and wild places. Ethical hunters want wild animals to flourish in their natural habitat as much as possible, and will act on their behalf in order to protect and conserve... Full Story

​I Was an Indoor (Outdoor) Slave

Don Webster, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
04/07/16 -- I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those kind folks who sent me "get well" cards and flowers during my recent, self-imposed stay at the Broken Antlers Rehabilitation Clinic. I'm especially indebted... Full Story

Nash Buckingham

Don Webster, author badge, myoutdoorbuddy.com
Theophilus Nash Buckingham (1880-1971) was an American author and conservationist from Tennessee. He is known for being an avid shotgunner and wingshot, and a best-loved outdoor writer of his time... Full Story

How much venison do hunters harvest?

Venison Bourguignon (Venison Stew), photo by Daniel Bledsoe, Food.com
06/17/15 -- The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) intends to find out. A study launching in 2015 will measure the actual amounts of venison and other wild protein harvested annually in North America. Researchers will assess the nutritional... Full Story

Pups & Partridges on the Calapooia Prairie

Liesl, 11 month old pudelpointer, photo by Gary Lewis
By Gary Lewis
02/18/15 -- They say a great pointing dog only comes along once or twice in a hunter's lifetime. Some dogs don't have the heart or the desire. Others don't seem to have the nose or the brain. We brought home our pudelpointer in... Full Story

DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute

01/19/15 -- Responding to a heartfelt appeal for youth outdoor education, DSC convention goers on Saturday night raised $1 million in about 60 seconds. The fast flurry of fundraising was a highlight of the 2015 DSC convention and expo... Full Story

It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
By Gary Lewis
01/19/15 -- If you want to avoid being attacked by a mountain lion, conventional wisdom says, you should travel in groups. If you encounter a mountain lion by yourself or with children, stop and make yourself look as big as possible... Full Story

The buck we didn’t get and two we did

Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
By Tyler Low
08/10/14 -- “Can you see him? He is just below the sky line to the left of the big live oak.” The respectable three-point stood only 500 yards away, but my hunting partner, Kyler Olson, couldn’t quite get an eye on him... Full Story

Where Are All the Pheasants?

Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
The other day a neighbor stopped by my house after two days of hunting pheasants in the Orland area. He said that he and his golden retriever, Milo, had probably walked ten miles and only flushed three birds. Knowingthat I had grown up... Full Story

Ham on the Hoof

Article and photos by Gary Lewis
12/17/13 -- We were climbing a steep gravel ranch road in Charlie’s Toyota when we saw it, as big as a full-grown bear and on a dead run. Charlie hit the brakes and switched off the engine. There was no time to load the rifle. The shaggy, gray... Full Story

Never say never

Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia, MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
Most of you have heard the saying, patience is a virtue, and I would say persistence is a virtue. If you want to fill your deer tag each season you have to put your time in. If you don’t give in and hunt hard you should be... Full Story

Hunting trip gone bad

Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
By Francisco Garcia
If you asked me what I’d rather be doing, most of the time I would emphatically say, deer hunting. For me nothing gets the juices flowing and the imagination spinning like the arrival of bow or rifle season for deer. When... Full Story

 

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