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#6400739 - 08/09/16 03:20 PM Dove hunt season looks promising
jeh7mmmag Offline

Registered: 11/01/04
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Loc: Colleyville, DFW, TX
Shawn Oldenburger, program leader for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department dove program, said last year he didn't think dove hunting in Texas could get any better — but, predictably, it has.

He said, "2016 spring rainfall across most of the state happened at just the correct time to insure a good nesting season for mourning and whitewing dove. We could actually see a second hatch occur during July and August. As a result, hunters taking to the field in September are likely to bag mature as well as birds fresh off the nest."

He feels that some counties in the Coastal Bend of Texas may have suffered from too much rain during the spring.

"Dove don't construct the sturdiest of nests. Heavy rains and high winds probably wrecked their first tries at building nests. We believe, however, that the carry-over from last year will still provide good action along the Gulf Coast," he added.

#6400909 - 08/09/16 05:00 PM Re: Dove hunt season looks promising [Re: jeh7mmmag]
Sniper John Offline

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16725
Loc: North Texas
I visited our deer hunting lease in young county last weekend. More native sunflowers than I have ever seen before in big wide patches around the field and lots of goat weed in the thinner areas. I had hand planted some mammoth and other exotic sunflower seeds two springs ago around a tree in the field that I normally hunt from. Just for the fun of it hoping for some natural hunting cover around the tree more than anything. There are now volunteers of those mixed in all around the field. Dove were thick for resident birds and saw some still nesting in the trees close to our road. Tanks and creek have water. I will not be needing a separate dove lease this year again. I would imagine The Green's dove lease fields east and west of us in the county and Stompys fields down south are doing as well or better since they are managed for Dove.

#6400967 - 08/09/16 05:48 PM Re: Dove hunt season looks promising [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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#6400969 - 08/09/16 05:50 PM Re: Dove hunt season looks promising [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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I thought this was going to be the worst year ever rofl 3 more weeks banana


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