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#5852361 - 07/28/15 04:50 PM When to start shredding fields for dove?
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 238
We normally start shredding lanes in our dove fields about the middle of August. Just wondering when everyone gets started.

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#5852402 - 07/28/15 05:22 PM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
BigAL33 Offline


Registered: 07/24/09
Posts: 1522
Loc: Sugar Land, TX
10 days before the opener!
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#5852449 - 07/28/15 05:42 PM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
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Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 2556
Loc: Belton Tx
I planted mine the normal time and they are still sorta green still I guess all the rain

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#5863332 - 08/04/15 05:15 PM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
udamdan Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 5939
Loc: Dallas & Young Counties
We have already started , 3 times the shredding this year !

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#5863836 - 08/04/15 10:02 PM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
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Woodsman

Registered: 10/07/05
Posts: 128
Loc: Keller,TX
next week

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#5864010 - 08/05/15 06:44 AM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: udamdan]
BigAL33 Offline


Registered: 07/24/09
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Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Originally Posted By: udamdan
We have already started , 3 times the shredding this year !



Great looking field! Have the doves found it?
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#5864337 - 08/05/15 10:43 AM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/06/08
Posts: 245
Loc: Frisco, TX
Looking good Dan!

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#5872964 - 08/10/15 11:55 PM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
LegendRuns1 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/31/14
Posts: 40
It really depends on what you are shredding. This year I planted Hybrid Clearfield Sunflowers, popcorn corn for last split. I also did a field in Sesame. It will be ready for the second split. I have done quiet a bit of experimenting with what doves like the best in South Texas. And it has come down to Goatweed hands down. So I do things a little differently than everyone else. I have a 5 acre field next to my sunflowers that I disked and sprayed dual on back in April. Once the goat weed got about 1 foot high(end of May)I disked strips in the goat weed about every 30 feet. That is my supplemental feeding to keep the birds on me all summer. It works great. The goat weed spits the seed in the strips and they are there to pick it up. They will also land in the strips and walk into the Goatweed to feed. Now, in my sunflowers, I have volunteer Browntop millet growing from last year. When I planted my sunflowers on May 1st, I sparayed dual the same day I planted. This delayed the Browntop from germinating which is what I wanted so that the sunflowers could get a head start. Once the sunflowers got about a foot and a half high, the Browntop started growing. The Browntop does 2 things. It matures before the sunflowers and lays down on the ground. This keeps any weeds from growing in your sunflowers. It also puts seed on the ground. So even though my sunflowers are not mature yet, the doves have been going in there eating the Browntop. If there is a few spots greening up come sept 1st, I will hit them with a very strong dose of roundup. 1 week later I will start making runs with a FLAIL mower to chop and put sunflower seeds on the ground. The strips that I do not cut I will save for the second split along with the sesame. 3 weeks before the second split opens I will start flailing strips in the goat weed to keep the birds coming. The Browntop that is left over in the sunflowers that weren't cut is packed right on the ground keeping it clean. Even if it rains, the seed cannot germinate because the sun cannot hit the seeds hidden under the mat of Browntop. Millet will germinate very quickly once cut and hit with moisture. So like I said it depends on what you are cutting. If you already have some birds using the field, put off cutting as long as you can. Birds build up population quick. You can have 5 fields of goat weed all next to each other and all can have birds. You go in there and strip some runs in one of the fields and the birds will leave the other fields for the one with the strips. I've done it and seen it. Farming for dove hunting is a year round thing for me. I have planted EVERYTHING. I've got about 100 birds in my sunflower field at present. They aren't going anywhere. I will start stripping about 10 days prior to opening day. And I won't be stripping much. I wait until I know there is a little col snap coming( especially a dry front) then I will put some seed on the ground big time. It doesn't take much for the first few weeks of the season. I've seen guys use up all there feed the first few weeks by shredding the whole field and then a rain comes and everything germinates. Doves are gone after that. Now, Texas Native sunflowers will not germinate. They have a dormancy that has to be broke by over wintering in the soil. But a hard rain can push the seed down in the soil hiding it from the doves. The natives do work great, I like them a lot. Not to mention that you only have to plant them once. If people only knew how much better a flail mower was for cutting them than a bush hog. Big difference. Sorry for such a long post, just trying to share some of my experience. I could have answered your question with just one sentence, as a rule of thumb, 10 days before opening day is always a good standard. I've had fields that I hunted 4 and 5 days a week. Get in there, kill a limit and get out and let them feed. Every week cutting a few strips to keep seed on the ground. Keep an eye on the birds a few days a week, they will tell you what they want. Keep the ground clean and they will be there.

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#5872974 - 08/11/15 12:23 AM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5128
Loc: Abilene, TX
Nice first post! up

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#5872987 - 08/11/15 01:08 AM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
LegendRuns1 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/31/14
Posts: 40
Thank you very much Brady! I've been reading stuff here for a while. Figured yall wouldn't mind if I threw a few peanuts in the field so to speak lol. I know the new guy usually gets picked on a little bit. I'm not an outfitter or anything. Just a country boy with a heart for farming and I did a lot of research and had some GREAT teachers.

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#5873462 - 08/11/15 11:12 AM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
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Finished mine Sunday. Had 252 acres to do. The week before season I'll disc some strips in the areas I mowed. I usually start mowing about now but as thick as the fields are I was concerned about a break down with mower or Tractor. I wanted to have time to repair anything that broke. I lost bearing on one wheel of my batwing mower (easy fix) and an AC fan belt (another easy fix).
I may mow a few more strips the week before season but there is a TON!! of sunflowers on the ground now.
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#5873469 - 08/11/15 11:20 AM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: Stompy]
ndhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 3309
Loc: Dallas, TX
I see what you mean about finding the birds. That is some tall sunflowers

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#5875710 - 08/12/15 04:30 PM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
LegendRuns1 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/31/14
Posts: 40
Wow, 252 acres will feed a lot of Doves! Your ground looks pretty clean too. That's a big plus. I'm sure you will have thousands. My fields are only 10 to 15 acres in size. Good luck!

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#5876598 - 08/13/15 08:22 AM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 238
Thanks for all the input. Starting tomorrow and will probably take at least two full days.

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#5881502 - 08/16/15 06:50 PM Re: When to start shredding fields for dove? [Re: texas wetlands]
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 238
One 15' batwing mower and one 10' shredder took almost two full days. Never seen it so thick and tall.

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