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Dove Field Pressure and Migration

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Dove Field Pressure and Migration

Postby UTGrad » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:01 am

I hunt a private dove field that gets hit hard on the weekends. It is not hunted during the week so it gets a few days rest. I used to be an opening day dove hunter but I’m getting to where I want to dove hunt a bunch. It’s so dang fun and scratches the hunting itch till deer season.

Will letting a field rest a few days help with pressure?

Are new doves migrating into an area as season progresses?

Do dove hunts get progressively worse/more difficult as season progresses?

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Re: Dove Field Pressure and Migration

Postby MickThompson » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:52 am

Yes and yes to the first 2. It also helps the field recover faster if hunting stops short of the end o legal shooting so birds can get in and feed.

Late season seems more opportunistic- I don’t have consistent access to birds then.
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Re: Dove Field Pressure and Migration

Postby rukiddin » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:45 am

Doves migrate and you get new birds just like ducks. Letting fields rest is always good.

I dove hunt thru all the season. Some of the finest knockdown dragout barrel burners we’ve had have been around Christmas.
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Re: Dove Field Pressure and Migration

Postby TAFKAP » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:00 pm

Another thing to consider is not hunting dawns & dusks. Chaneylake maintains a curfew at his fields. So not only do they get days of rest as the group rotates various fields, there's no shooting before noon and after 5:30.
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