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#5875073 - 08/12/15 10:33 AM Disappointing Trip West
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Drove out to Hamlin Monday evening to do a little work on the cabin and came back in yesterday evening. Hwy 380 through Jacksboro, Graham, Throckmorton, and Haskell and saw very few dove. Seemed to be plenty of feed, understandably it was hot and the few birds I did see were near water.

I had heard good things about the number of birds but I sure didn't see them.

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#5875226 - 08/12/15 12:33 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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You won't see them now in middle of the day. Birds are in fields at sun up and out by 9 at the latest
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#5875262 - 08/12/15 12:57 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Jeff Elder]
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Originally Posted By: Jeff Elder
You won't see them now in middle of the day. Birds are in fields at sun up and out by 9 at the latest


Guess I should have clarified but both trips were late evening as the sun was setting. I should have seen more birds.

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#5875271 - 08/12/15 01:02 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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I drove through Graham and Breckinridge today and didn't see many either. Sunflowers look great but no birds. I was at a funeral North of Sweetwater in Fisher County on Monday. I ate lunch with a bunch of farmers and they said the same thing. Plenty of feed and few birds.

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#5875339 - 08/12/15 01:36 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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A few weeks ago running Hwy 79 to Throckmorton I saw dove on both sides of the road, had to dodge a few. They're out there boys, you can have my share. Too hot for this old man to do dove.
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#5875559 - 08/12/15 03:13 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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Cold Front Pushed 'Em Out!! shocked
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#5875578 - 08/12/15 03:20 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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I agree with Elder.

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#5875639 - 08/12/15 03:45 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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Driving through the milo fields yesterday at about 6:30 PM I saw a tornado of doves. I have never seen anything quite like that so far as doves.
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#5875768 - 08/12/15 05:23 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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Originally Posted By: Leonardo
Originally Posted By: Jeff Elder
You won't see them now in middle of the day. Birds are in fields at sun up and out by 9 at the latest


Guess I should have clarified but both trips were late evening as the sun was setting. I should have seen more birds.


I'm seeing 10 times more birds in the morning than in the evening. I wouldn't worry.
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#5876290 - 08/12/15 10:31 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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Theres no dove in west texas!!!
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#5877853 - 08/13/15 09:56 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
3kcattle Offline
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No birds in Throckmorton County. Stay in the metroplex. Lol!!

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#5879109 - 08/14/15 07:33 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
janie Offline
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Registered: 08/30/05
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Loc: Collin County TX
Normally the power line behind us, is sagging from all the dove perched on it. So far.......

We haven't seen squat.

No clue. Tank's are still relatively full and plenty of sunflower's.
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#5879866 - 08/15/15 12:41 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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Registered: 11/11/06
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Loc: North Central, Tx
Originally Posted By: Leonardo
Drove out to Hamlin Monday evening to do a little work on the cabin and came back in yesterday evening. Hwy 380 through Jacksboro, Graham, Throckmorton, and Haskell and saw very few dove. Seemed to be plenty of feed, understandably it was hot and the few birds I did see were near water.

I had heard good things about the number of birds but I sure didn't see them.


There is so much feed and water around the area you mentioned the dove are everywhere. My opinion is there huge number of dove this year but they're spread out. As the farmers clean up the fields the numbers will be more concentrated around the milo and sunflower at harvest. Sounds like it will be a wet September so I am planning on hunting fields more than tanks. However, I've been wrong before.
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#5879870 - 08/15/15 12:47 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
outdoorsmen54 Offline
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Registered: 10/29/12
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Loc: Wise, Montague
I took 114 out to Lubbock yesterday. Seen quite a few birds from Jacksboro to Seymore in the morning flying over the road from field to field

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#5879989 - 08/15/15 02:47 PM Re: Disappointing Trip West [Re: Leonardo]
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Registered: 12/14/07
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Loc: DFW, Texas
Starting to see groups of 8-10 birds just west of Benbrook in the morning hours. Last few weeks, hadn't seen any flying.
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