Dove shooting is a great way to start off the hunting season. I at least try and get out opening day and a few after anyway. Sit along a tree line bordering a cut corn field with maybe some phone wires or dead trees and you should get some good shooting. Ive always had better success later in the evening. Be very still. They have excellent eye sight and will swerve off at first motion detected. Dont shoot an over choked gun and give plenty of forward allowance on those crossing shots. They are like little grey rockets. The breasts taste great grilled and wrapped in bacon like you said. I also have split the breasts and put them on kabobs with peppers, tomatos, onions, etc. I prefer them this way. Have fun!
Set up near grain and water, you are in business. Some evenings are blisters, they don't stop coming. I vividly remember being the ammo "Hump" as a kid, a game pouch full of shotgun shells, a few boxes for each guy.
Drive around and look for cut fields...ask permission...find a tree line or something to break up your outline as they approach and park yourself there. Bring along a seat, water and a couple boxes of shells
If you can find a grove of evergreens, that can be a really good place right before dark as they come in to roost.
dove hunting has been something i have done since i was able to hunt, and i too was the "retriever" long before that. I remember we would go and i would shoot 3-4 boxes of shells and get 1 maybe 2. and my dad would be right beside me and limit out on a box. 22 yrs later i can honestly say i have gotten alot better, i agree that you can over choke, i think that was my main problem, until i got zeroed in. Still for me, i dont know if it is all the memories or what, but i love dove hunting. Not as many birds where we go, and usually only get out the first day and maybe 1 or 2 other nights, but sure is fun... Can get hot so make sure you take some water and enjoy the september air. Good luck.
Dove hunting can be an absolute blast. Back in the day we used to have a couple farms that allowed us to hunt and we would all go through a couple boxes. We have since lost that property and realy have to work for birds. We only evening hunt in large feilds that have been cut recently. The doves like to get there for the grains from the fresh grasses and for the small stones for the gizzard. pack plenty of water and 100 shells and a good chair.. Stay still and you should be able to get into a number of them..... good luck
I was out near a cornfield today groundhog hunting but didn't see any, I have a nice brushy field area with large pines bordering it. I have noticed a lot of doves there, will they not frequent an area like that in sept? Or do the specifically neat in cornfields? I like the kabab idea!
Been dove hunting since I was 12. And before that I would retrieve for my dad. One of my favorite seasons! Its been spotty this year with hardly any fields cut. Found a spot with undreds last week now they are gone. A new field got cut this week and saw hundreds there yesterday. Got permission and the farmer also said he would not give anyone else permission. So I am ready!