|Upper field facing west|
|Upper field with rob doves up|
I decided to start hunting in the morning in the upper field by the irrigation walkie. With the use of my blind I was able to get out in the field about 30 years with no cover around me. I set my my robo doves on thier 10 foot poles out about 30 yards which was just about the range my Stoeger over/under with my light modified chokes would reach. As you can see it was a perfect setup. The birds flew all around my decoys and a few tried to light on them. Notice how I place them at least 20 feet apart to get the impression of several birds lighting or getting up.
|Lower field facing south|
That evening I decided to go hunt the lower field which is surrounded on 3 sides by trees where the doves love to roost at night. You might notice that this corn was cut but the stalks were not. I really like fields like this because when the stalks are not cut it is easier for the birds to find the loose corn. I was out in the field with no cover again, with my back to the sun, which made it easier to shoot. Notice again my decoys are out about 30 yards. This was a prime setup. I probably saw more doves in the lower end than I did on the upper end.
|A good start|
I am my own worst critic when hunting. As I said before I should have shot my limit on both hunts, but I was not patient enough. There were more than enough birds flying in flocks to get a limit. Too many times birds would come in and I was too excited and my shooting mechanics were poor. I did not shoulder my gun correctly or lead enough. If you don't shoulder your gun correctly first, then everything else will also be off.
The other bigger mistake I made was stupid and rookie like. About 5 times I kept getting out of my blind and chasing birds that would light near me expecting to get a shot. This is a terriable mistake made by dove hunters. I should have just let them light and used them as decoys. But again I knew to sit tight, but I kept getting up thinking I could shoot these lighting birds. I was just too excited about getting a limit that I did not stick to the basics.
As my friends will tell you I always carry my blackberry to keep in contact with family, work and friends. In this day and age its not uncommon to carry your phone with you in the field. You might call me a high-tech redneck.
|Field bag with blackberry|
Good luck in the field, see you in a few weeks. This week teal season started in KS and MO and I will be heading out to my hunting club Hunting Sports Plus for some more great action.