How To Kill a Limit of Doves In 15 Shots

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Chaney's pick of dove hunting on the "pick 1 game animal to hunt" got me to thinking about dove hunting. How many here have killed their limit in 15 shots (the limit being 15 birds)? I bet not many. I've done it twice and I'll pass along the tip that helped my shooting:
1)Get on a great field with birds flying like crazy
2)Anticipate what a great time you're going to have and all the shooting you'll get to do
3)Only carry 15 shells with you
 
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Only way I’ll ever do it is to
4) let them land in a big wad and kill 14 in the first shot!

In all seriousness, I thought that I was going to get done in less than a box on one hunt this year, and with my 20 ga sxs too, but I mounted the gun wrong a couple times and got bit by the recoil and my shooting went to pieces.


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funny never dove hunted in my life

i have hunted quail pheasant and chukar
the ole browning a5 was awesome
 
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the very best that I have ever done was 15 doves with 18 shots

I was not picking my shots

Most shots were 30 to 55 yards

I love long range shotgun shooting

2 3/4 dram equivalent, 1 1/8 oz, 7 1/2 size shot

a great retriever made a difference on this hunt on birds that winged down
 
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I'm lucky if I get 15 doves with 4 boxes.

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Can't really say for sure that I've did that but I don't count shells vs doves but one year this farm we hunted we definitely had a good shoot . The stand I had was on top of one of the hills by an apple tree close to a pond . The birds would come up the valley thinking they were high but when they reached my area they were not as high as they thought . The birds in the evening came up the valley towards the pond and on to the cut cornfield up the draw. We had the best shoot of my life that day , my uncle and cousins all was there boy we had a field day . Cleaned birds at my cousin's papaw's late that night . Truth be known probably had way more than we needed but dang birds just kept coming never had a day like that since cause we just kinda got out of dove hunting , used to be my first choice for hunting but got hard finding places to hunt .
 
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many of you might find this hard to believe but 75% of the doves that I kill are head shot, very seldom do I have to dig a pellet or feather out of the breast meat

If I am constantly missing shots that I know that I should be hitting, I will cut back on lead
 
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I have had a few good days but nothing close to fifteen birds in fifteen shots.
 
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I try to head shoot them too but I’m not nearly that good at it.

The quickest way to sail a bird into a briar patch is to shoot one going dead away so I avoid that shot completely.


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15 out of 15 is very impressive.

I have hunted with a lot of fantastic wingshooters and I don't think I have ever heard of anyone going 15 for 15. I certainly have not and consider myself an above average wingshooter. On a typical Southeastern US dove hunt I think 50% is above average, 75 percent (one out of 4) is really good, hardly anyone shoots above 80% unless they are shooting off limbs/powerlines.

Even in Argentina when shots were abundant and consistent I don't think I ever went 15/15.
 
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BamaProud":1l3pgmb9 said:
On a typical Southeastern US dove hunt I think 50% is above average, 75 percent (one out of 4) is really good, .

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Hmm, I'm pretty sure that you meant 3 out of 4 ;) ! That Bama education shines again. Sorry man, I just couldn't let it pass :D !

I don't usually keep count, but there have been a couple of times when I might have got my limit in maybe a box and a half of shells. I get too excited and take bad shots on occasion.

Anything under one box for a limit is extremely impressive.

I am curious as to what shell you sharpshooters are shooting?
 
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MickThompson":regsykjp said:
I try to head shoot them too but I’m not nearly that good at it.

The quickest way to sail a bird into a briar patch is to shoot one going dead away so I avoid that shot completely.


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I have shot up to 6 feet under a straight going away dove, it's one of the hardest shots to learn

you are basically letting bird fly into shot string
 
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Been on some good fields and don't think I've ever limited. Usually go through about 5 boxes of shells. I just plant food plots now instead.
 
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A LONG time ago, back when the limit was 12,
I once killed (and bagged) 12 doves with 12 shots,
and was not "picking" my shots.
Normally back then, it took me over a box of shells to get a limit of doves,
and I would never go afield with less than two boxes.

Shortly thereafter the limit went up to 15,
and don't even know if I've ever killed 15 with less than a box of shells.
 
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I saw my first "two birds, one shot" situation this past season. Wish I could say it was mine. I saw the feathers fly before I heard the single shot ring out.....was waiting on them to fly into my range.

Best I ever did was 30 shots for limit of 15. Clouds of birds, and I couldn't miss. Fun day indeed.
 
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I've often taken a limit with 15 shots, the key is having 2 to 4 boxes of shells to"properly foul the bore",and "maintain proper barrel temperature".

Yeah, i'm going with that!!
 
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Ive done it a few times, twice I limited out with 13 shots killing two with one shot helps
 

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