The best way to hunt doves without being able to sit in the middle of a sunflower field is to walk along standing corn. Have your dog or buddy go in about 7 rows and you walk on the outside...Take turns on flushing them to each other...My dog dog is a GSP and he gets the game. We do pretty good...
Thanks sid! I see you're from Centralia.. My brother lives in Oaks, and he's the one who wants to go for doves.. any public land worth looking over in the not so south or east?
I used to hunt a small tract of public land near the town of Reinholds. Don't remember ther SGL number, but it always produced some decent dove amounts. I haven't hunted there in years though. Its a small tract of less than 100 acres but its mostly fields with corn and hedgerows.
One piece of advice I will give on all the above tips and help, go scout before you hunt. It has been my experience that the birds change their flight paths according to crop rotation. Some times just a little some times alot. I have a couple of SGLs that hunt well when the corn is planted in a certain way. When it's planted differently, it hunts differently. This might mean a change of flight path form one corner to another, or maybe even staying over a tree line as opposed to cutting across a field. Spend a bit of time on the SGL you plan to hunt and get an idea of where the enter and exit fields, and where they may be roosting. I know, it kinda sounds like scouting for deer.