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Old 08-10-2019, 12:13 PM
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Took my boy to his Hunter Safety class at Raahauges today, 150 people max capacity, nearly 50 kids. Good to see hunting is still alive in Ca even with all the insanity.
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Around here we get to take collards year round. I planted a bunch of milo and it's a good crop and a magnet for birds.

The deer and elk ravage the stuff so bad I had to fence it off!
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Going dove hunting with a guy from work, first hunt ever. Noticed a lot of people saying #6 shot, but I just grabbed 200 rounds of #7 steel. Assuming I actually hit anything, should #7 be okay? The guy told me bring a bring a bunch of ammo, so I might just bring all 200 haha.
Good luck! I remember my first. Take your time and be safe. No bird is worth getting hurt. Learn from your buddy. Not sure about steel as I am not hunting in CA. Swing through the bird!
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Going dove hunting with a guy from work, first hunt ever. Noticed a lot of people saying #6 shot, but I just grabbed 200 rounds of #7 steel. Assuming I actually hit anything, should #7 be okay? The guy told me bring a bring a bunch of ammo, so I might just bring all 200 haha.
#7 is fine. Steel tends to pass threw causing cripples, so I went up in size to give alittle more impact. My .02 cents. If you got #7, send it, it will work.
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Had a lot of cripples and lost some. I had a few 2 3/4 duck loads #4 and #6, what a difference. A little overkill but 1 shot kills. Doing again this year. Be safe!
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Old 08-10-2019, 7:12 PM
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Going dove hunting with a guy from work, first hunt ever. Noticed a lot of people saying #6 shot, but I just grabbed 200 rounds of #7 steel. Assuming I actually hit anything, should #7 be okay? The guy told me bring a bring a bunch of ammo, so I might just bring all 200 haha.
Definitely bring all 200 rounds. I believe the national average is around 6-7 shots per bird. Doves are fast. But I’ve been using 7’s with no problems. Just hold still until they are within 20 yards.
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Old 08-11-2019, 3:56 PM
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Awesome, thank you guys. I'm not much of a shotgunner, only shot trap a few times and skeet a couple. I probably won't hit anything, as the videos I've seen they do fly fast! I still think it'll be fun to get out there and enjoy the whole experience, and fire off some shells while I'm at it.
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Old 08-11-2019, 4:02 PM
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I can’t wait to blast some dove.

We shot clays yesterday from various angles. I was on them and feel real good about my shooting. But!! I know the reality coming in 3 weeks. I’ll do a lot of missing and wonder how the hell to lead them again.
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Unlike clays, Doves change direction, usually just as you are about to pull the trigger -----then comes the Dove Flinch
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SigSauer 226,
I've used almost 200 rounds hunting dove morning and then again in the afternoon. They can move fast and be tricky to hit. Which is most of the fun!
I'm trying to make time to hot the skeet range, but I might just wing it (pun intended) on opening day. I've done it before and done just fine.
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Old 08-12-2019, 3:37 AM
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Have to go to club and rehang/install no trespass signs. They seem to disappear thru off season. I do a recheck of signage late night before. Had a great quail hatch so should be good year. Hope everyone has safe and fun hunt.
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Old 08-12-2019, 5:51 AM
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Have to go to club and rehang/install no trespass signs. They seem to disappear thru off season. I do a recheck of signage late night before. Had a great quail hatch so should be good year. Hope everyone has safe and fun hunt.
Put a game cam on one of the signs. It’d be awesome to catch some loser throwing the sign on the ground. Then post his picture right below all the signs next time. I guarantee next guy that gets out of his truck to rip a sign down will see it and get all paranoid He’s being filmed. Your signs will get left alone.
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Old 08-12-2019, 5:22 PM
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I've used almost 200 rounds hunting dove morning and then again in the afternoon. They can move fast and be tricky to hit. Which is most of the fun!
I'm trying to make time to hot the skeet range, but I might just wing it (pun intended) on opening day. I've done it before and done just fine.
That's basically what I'm planning on, just get out there and sling steel and adjust on the fly. I dont think there's much I can do at this point to be prepared. I'm definitely thinking most of the fun is going to be shooting a bunch and hanging out with everybody, whether I hit a dove or not.
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A heads up for my fellow Mojo owners. Harbor Freight has a sale for their batteries. $3.99 + the governor's cut for a 24 pack. Double or triple As. I take mine out of my decoys at the end of each season (so the contacts don't get corroded and use them elsewhere). Ya, I know they aren't copper tops or other premium ones, but for a couple of uses so what.

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Old 08-20-2019, 5:41 AM
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Hit our local sporting clay course yesterday and hit a whopping 44 of 100. Probably head out one more time before season starts to see if I was having a bad day or if I really do suck that bad and to keep practice follow thru and not lifting my head to “find” the other bird. Stopping my swing and lifting my head was my major issue. Good luck guys!
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Anyone scouted their hunting area? How’s it looking? I’m heading to Arizona this year hopefully it’s good.
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Old 08-20-2019, 7:26 PM
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I’m kinda pissed. The season stars on a Sunday and ends on a Thursday. They just need to make it 3 full weekends.
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Old 08-20-2019, 7:55 PM
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Headed to Colusa w CICC Outdoor Adventures for the opener. Loaded w #7.5 and #6 steel shot, 1400fps. I'm expecting them to give me a little of a beating out of my Citori Lightning Feather, but I'm confident it will be worth it.
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Old 08-21-2019, 7:25 PM
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I’m kinda pissed. The season stars on a Sunday and ends on a Thursday. They just need to make it 3 full weekends.
Shay, whatcha takin ‘bout? First season opens on a Sunday (Sep. 1st), and closes on a Sunday (the 15th).
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Shay, whatcha takin ‘bout? First season opens on a Sunday (Sep. 1st), and closes on a Sunday (the 15th).
Yeahh... I was looking at the wrong month on the calendar. Muh bad
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Old 08-21-2019, 8:30 PM
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Everytime I get the wait for the opener out of my mind this f***ing thread get bumped. Thanks a lot guys
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Old 08-21-2019, 8:41 PM
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Yuma trip is coming soon. Hopefully I don't get shot like I did last year.
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Everytime I get the wait for the opener out of my mind this f***ing thread get bumped. Thanks a lot guys
No problem! 10 days and counting.....
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10 days!!! Its just around the corner.
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We still have openings at avsc for opener includes 5 chukar planted per person.
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Yeahh... I was looking at the wrong month on the calendar. Muh bad
Yes, but next year is Tuesday to Tuesday and only 4 of which are weekend days... nature of the “15 day season”.

It’s be nice if they did the Saturday of labor day weekend until 15 days later.
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Yes, but next year is Tuesday to Tuesday and only 4 of which are weekend days... nature of the “15 day season”.

It’s be nice if they did the Saturday of labor day weekend until 15 days later.
Dirty bastards! I will take my mistaken anger for this year and use it for next year
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I'll take the midweek openers any time I can get them.....weekend openers are always a cluster %*(%
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Forgive my ignorance, I’m more of a trigger puller, but how do y’all prepare dove? I’m assuming like quail and pheasant, but I was just curious if any of you had a “go-to” recipe/method.
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Breast them, roll in brown sugar, wrap in bacon, place on grill.
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Breast them, roll in brown sugar, wrap in bacon, place on grill.
Yup! When done eat the bacon and toss the dove to your dog.
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Kill them, breast them, marinade in Italian salad dressing and put on bbq
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Kill, breast. Jalapeño, cream cheese, breast and wrap in bacon.
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Mmmm, thanks guys! I have a few couples that live around me. I’ve been putting out a little chicken scratch for them and trying to “call” them.

Edit: just wanted to clarify, I’m not going to hurt my resident doves. My kids named them. We just like watching them, learning their habits, etc. We get lots of “wildlife” action in our neck of the woods. Recently a hawk snatched a house sparrow out of the air, about 15-20 feet from my face. I’ll never forget that shriek followed by a squeal.

I’m 98% sure it was a momma teaching her baby hawk how to hunt because I heard two different hawk noises and saw a (significantly) smaller hawk shadowing the larger one.

We like to observe/study the animals. Homeschooling affords us that opportunity. I never learned anything about nature in school, except that “white man ruined it.”

Anyway, just wanted to clarify I wasn’t breaking any laws, or condoning illegal activity, just learning/absorbing knowledge.

Any of you watch howtohunt.com on YouTube? He’s a Canadian, but has a lot of experience outdoors. I like his hunt stories. They’re nice, distracting stories, a great break from the usual doom and gloom stuff CA pumps out.

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Mmmm, thanks guys! I have a few couples that live around me. I’ve been putting out a little chicken scratch for them and trying to “call” them.
Might wanna Stop doing that, find somewhere else to hunt dove and remove post. Just my .02

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Kill them, breast them, marinade in Italian salad dressing and put on bbq
I use a similar recipe but I add a jar of jalapeño slices to the marinade and then place a slice or two between two pieces of breast meat, wrap in a half strip of bacon, then cook.

Used to grill but I use the broiler more these days. Cooks the bacon more evenly.

One of the guys I hunt with makes dove wontons. That’s good eatin right there.
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Yup! When done eat the bacon and toss the dove to your dog.
Nope. All mine. If your doves aren’t good, you are over cooking them.
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No jalapenos. Shays recipe or I bread and brown in olive oil , add garlic, onions, little white wine and simmer. Last 20 minutes add large fresh mushrooms cut in two. Serve over wild rice. Good sourdough toast with good butter. FYI I just talked to new warden down in El Paso about new laws RE no license for hogs. He said should be best dove opener in years. Lots of birds moved in after storms up north. Private lands no license for hog hunting must have hunter safety if born after 1971. Public lands must have license if non resident.

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Truer words have never been spoken...
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