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Concerning our food plot, I called the VA fish and game folks in my area. Spoke with a nice lady who seemed genuinely pleased we were seeking advice to stay on the right path. She was going to have one of our Wardenís call me.

Yet to receive a call but the more I study and speak with people, the more doubts I have. So my neighbor and I made a command decision. Our dove plot is now a dove sanctuary. No hunting. Not worth the possible trouble.

We did grow a fine crop of millet, learned stuff and this wonít be the 1st time I planted for the critters and didnít hunt it. In the mean time, the local turkeys are enjoying it.







I'm thinking about breaking out the old Citori next week. I haven't hunted doves in about ten years (or really fired a shotgun in that time), and figured I need to get back in the field. There's a WMA nearby that has sunflower fields planted. I figure I don't need to worry since it's the State that put them in.

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. . . There's a WMA nearby that has sunflower fields planted. . . .
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)

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[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.

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well good luck to everyone who goes out.

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I'm thinking about breaking out the old Citori next week. I haven't hunted doves in about ten years (or really fired a shotgun in that time), and figured I need to get back in the field. There's a WMA nearby that has sunflower fields planted. I figure I don't need to worry since it's the State that put them in.
Casull, good luck and that state area sounds a good idea. Heard a lot of dove hunting gone wrong stories from the guys at the hunt club yesterday. I suggested the safest place to hunt dove was with all the local big shots and politicians. They started laughing and said a bunch of those guys got $2000 fines last year. 😧

We saw a lot of dove in a new cutover of all places.

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