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#5849527 - 07/26/15 09:06 PM What is it with cotton..
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that dove are attracted to? Its been 18 years since cotton has been on the place and the dove are just all over, more than I have ever seen!!!!! Just hope they stay.

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#5849722 - 07/27/15 01:23 AM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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#5849966 - 07/27/15 09:09 AM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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cotton, its the fabric of our lives
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#5851310 - 07/27/15 11:21 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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I have had some good shoots in a cotton field, but they have usually had water in them or have been close to a grain field.
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#5851615 - 07/28/15 09:09 AM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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I don't think cotton attracts dove, at least not if there is a real food source anywhere close by. I hunt Lubbock every year, which is the cotton capitol of the world, and you will not find dove in the 1000s of cotton fields. All the dove are in the sunflower or milo.
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#5856199 - 07/30/15 08:05 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: STXHO]
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Originally Posted By: STXHO
I have had some good shoots in a cotton field, but they have usually had water in them or have been close to a grain field.


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#5856346 - 07/30/15 09:26 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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TTU, dam it hurts to type that. I kid, I kid. Around here they flock to cotton. confused2. I have always seen them flying in cotton fields around, before we cotton here. No weeds, no sunflowers, just kinda wondering about, WHY?

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#5857965 - 07/31/15 10:09 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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I would suspect for the cover it provides whilst they gravel their craw.
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#5858048 - 07/31/15 11:18 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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Water, irrigation.

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#5858817 - 08/01/15 05:42 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: Mr. Jeem]
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Originally Posted By: Mr. Jeem
Water, irrigation.


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#5861004 - 08/03/15 11:13 AM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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I also have hunted dove in cotton fields with some success and was told that the dove eat the cotton seed for their gizzards. Never questioned it or researched it further but at the time that made sense to me.

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#5861105 - 08/03/15 12:10 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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#5861682 - 08/03/15 05:23 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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No irrigation around here( can understand though) heck I had to haul water for 3 years. Not fun!!!!

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#5868091 - 08/07/15 01:18 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: billyhunt]
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I used to hunt cotton fields and there was some little plant that grew between the rows. It produced a little black seed. The birds loved it. Their craw would be full of 'em.

Don't know what they were but they'd attract dove like crazy.
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#5868325 - 08/07/15 04:30 PM Re: What is it with cotton.. [Re: reeltexan]
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Originally Posted By: reeltexan

I used to hunt cotton fields and there was some little plant that grew between the rows. It produced a little black seed. The birds loved it. Their craw would be full of 'em.
Don't know what they were but they'd attract dove like crazy.


Dove weed ( Croton setigerus ) - http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/plants/Euphorbiaceae/Croton%20setigerus.htm

I have this stuff growing in my back yard, and the dove are 'tearing it up'!!

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