Slow day yesterday. My son, his girlfriend, and myself were out from 2:30 until 6:30. Saw maybe 6 birds and only got a shot at one bird. Nobody else out either. Was odd, reminded me of a few years back when hardly anyone would be dove hunting. How did you make out?
We ended up with 11. Only stayed out for about 3 hours. The birds seemed to come in waves; they would fly in 3ís and 4ís one minute then there would be a break for up to half an hour. All in all it was a good day and Winston had a great time.
At about 6:15PM they started flying and the shooting increased. Unfortunately none flew close to us. The shooting and the "flying" lasted for about 15 minutes and then shut down.
I mention the time because I never saw them start and stop flying like that. It seemed like someone flipped a switch.
Oh, I have. The place we hunt usually ( on an average day) is like that. You can almost count on the birds starting to fly around 6:00 or so. They'll come over sometimes in large groups, then just as suddenly its all over.
I think this heat is keeping them in the trees until just close to dark.
The heat is keeping me in the house, even with shorts and a T-shirt, I cannot hunt in this kind of heat, it was 97 yesterday here and itt is 93 right now at 20 after 2.
Us too! We were going yesterday and my buddy called and asked if I wanted to wade for smallmouth rather than dove hunt because of the heat. Common sense showed itself and we went fishing. The place we fish has a fair amount of dove in the area. It looks like they did not like the heat either. He saw one dove the entire afternoon. I saw none.
I was out on Saturday for about 4 hours only seen one bird when I was leaving. I was hunting public land in Berks that usually has a lot of dove hunters but there weren't many out in the usual areas. I didn't hear a whole lot of shooting either.
Got home from work around 4:35. Was going to head out around 5:30. Gauged the temperature at that time, and it felt like I had stepped into a blast furnace. Granted our front door faces the sun, but still it was hot, and not a stitch of wind blowing. I'm not sitting out in the fields in that. I'll try again tomorrow.
Went out the first day around 5:00pm till 6:15. It was too hot and mosquitoes were buzzing me. I got 17 shots and hit 7. Not my best work but I'm a little rusty since last year. The best dove hunting trip I've had in years but would have been much better 20 degrees cooler.
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