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#5906640 - 08/31/15 08:47 PM Advice for 1st dove hunt
Nick1 Online   content
Woodsman

Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 213
Loc: Central Tx
Going tomorrow afternoon. I got some 1 1/8 8's and was planning on using mod choke. I know everyone is different, but how much lead should I allow? Only had 1 opportunity to go to range w/ new 12g so I'm hopeful and praying I'll tag a few.

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#5906659 - 08/31/15 08:54 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Nick1]
Guy Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 25736
Loc: Lake X
Don't think about lead, shoot the bird's nose off. Keeps eyes focused on the bird, see barrel in peripheral vision.

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#5906689 - 08/31/15 09:09 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Guy]
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 7205
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Originally Posted By: Guy
Don't think about lead, shoot the bird's nose off. Keeps eyes focused on the bird, see barrel in peripheral vision.


Good advice. Now if I can only do it.

Took some lessons years ago from an Olympic Gold medalist. I always remember he said "There's an animal inside you that will kill that bird. All you have to do is get out of his way."
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#5906713 - 08/31/15 09:19 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Nick1]
STEW Offline
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Registered: 06/10/12
Posts: 134
Loc: Houston, TX
take a lot of shells

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#5906714 - 08/31/15 09:20 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: STEW]
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Registered: 04/12/09
Posts: 4076
Loc: Argyle
Originally Posted By: STEW
take a lot of shells


....and hope you get to use them.

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#5906757 - 08/31/15 09:33 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Nick1]
TOMCAT21 Offline


Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 448
Loc: Keller, TX
Change to IC choke and remember you can rarely out-lead them.

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#5906768 - 08/31/15 09:37 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Nick1]
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Registered: 09/25/11
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Loc: granger,tx
Follow through with the shot, follow through.

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#5906777 - 08/31/15 09:43 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Nick1]
rsalaud Offline
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Registered: 04/30/12
Posts: 182
Loc: Austin, TX
+1 on follow through. Also, always know where the other shooters are (so you don't pepper them or worse) and let the high-flyers go.

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#5906870 - 08/31/15 10:29 PM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Nick1]
LegendRuns1 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/14
Posts: 40
Shoot with both eyes open. Squeeze the trigger. If the bird has no reaction on the first shot, you shot behind him. swing through him fast and pull the trigger out in front. If he dips or puts on the brakes, you shot in front of him, swing through him again a little slower and pull the trigger. Like the previous post, don't focus on the bead of the gun. Focus on the dove. If you are shouldering your gun right the bead should be pointing where you are focusing. And last, have fun. Relax and take your time and don't get frustrated. You will be fine. Good luck.


Edited by LegendRuns1 (08/31/15 10:30 PM)

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#5907078 - 09/01/15 07:15 AM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: billyhunt]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 14775
Loc: Terlingua,TX
Originally Posted By: billyhunt
Follow through with the shot, follow through.


This

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#5907086 - 09/01/15 07:21 AM Re: Advice for 1st dove hunt [Re: Nick1]
Nick1 Online   content
Woodsman

Registered: 07/27/14
Posts: 213
Loc: Central Tx
Thanks for the great advice. Good luck to all going out today.

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