[quote]the state here has numerous leased "dove only" plots throughout the state, but
i never had but maybe 50% success hunting them.
not so much for lack of birds, but for how crowded certain areas were at times.
the last one i hunted here i'd scouted an isolated area the week before and found
a nice funneled area where they flew from food to water and roost.
when i got there opening morning, there were already 4-5 trucks parked and
half a dozen guys already spread out near where i planned to sit, although none
were right near "my" spot, it being too hard of a walk. by the time daylight
rolled around it was pretty much elbow to elbow from the designated parking
area to way past where i was sitting. poor birds sure had to run a gauntlet if they
flew anywhere close by because at least 50 hunters would empty their guns at
the bird, in range or not. no telling how many sparrows bit the dust. i finally got ready
to leave and someone pretty close asked his buddy aloud ". .how you sposta tell if it's a dove er not
when it's flyin' ?"
i'd bet there were 3 dozen men cracking up and laughing loud over that.
i don't remember ever going back (to that particular place anyway)[quote]
Yeah, been there and done that (back when I lived in Illinois). Usually just the first few days though. I'm in a pretty rural area now. I spoke with one of the local boys and he told me that the first Saturday would be like that, but after that I probably wouldn't see anyone at all. This one only allows hunting on Saturday's and Wednesday's. So, this year the first hunting day on that WMA will be Wednesday. I'm hoping the out of towners don't show up till Saturday.