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#6431438 - 08/30/16 12:45 PM a tip on hitting doves
dune2218 Offline
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Registered: 02/09/16
Posts: 246
Loc: Temple, tx
There seems to be a lot of discussion on what type of shot to use,,,heavy, light, 6's, 9's, etc. They all have different velocities and different characteristics--------- the key to hitting game is to pick one ------ any one----- and shoot that same one every year, year after year, one shell for dove and quail, one for ducks. . . Same argument about your chokes ----- I use full and Mod, for all game---- if the dove/quail/duck is 15 yds away I let him fly out to 25 yds before I shoot. simple --------- If you cant get a limit of doves with one box of shells, you are doing something wrong.
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#6431452 - 08/30/16 12:58 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
scalebuster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
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So full choke with #6's Is a good choice for shooting bobwhites over my dogs as long as I'm consistent with it?

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#6431454 - 08/30/16 12:58 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
bentman Offline
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Winner winner chicken dinner. ....Lt Mod on dove quail....Full on ducks geese also know your yardage I know I'm good to kill up to 40yds that's my limit anything over I seem to wing alot of birds
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#6431531 - 08/30/16 01:40 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
Judd Offline


Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 11162
Loc: Sachse, TX
Killing birds is easy...you point and shoot where they are going to be not where they are. wink

Make sure you're full choke is rated for steel or is a steel shot full choke...if not your barrel could end up looking like this one:



bentman - I know you know this so I'm not directing at you, but there are some who might grab their lead chokes and end up in a mess that looks like this.
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#6431662 - 08/30/16 02:53 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
BarneyWho Offline
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#calmdown Juddy!
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#6431698 - 08/30/16 03:21 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: dune2218
If you cant get a limit of doves with one box of shells, you are doing something wrong.


I read a few years ago the national average (not sure how that information was obtained) was 4 shells per bird.

I have hunted with very few people who routinely kill limits with a box of shells. I also recognize that some places hunt differently than others. I hunted with a buddy last year, 100% white wings all flying the same direction directly towards us. I killed my first 9 birds in 9 shells in about 10 minutes. Nothing like hunting the morning doves I have shot most of my life.
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#6431704 - 08/30/16 03:27 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
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#6431714 - 08/30/16 03:34 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
MoBettaHuntR Offline
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Registered: 10/29/14
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Loc: West is the best...
What about camo dont forget camo i get a limit every year you have to be quiet very quiet.

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#6431722 - 08/30/16 03:36 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
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Opening morning on a good field with Mojos, pick your shots, you could limit with 15 shells.

If I pass shoot, it usually takes me a box and a half, give or take a few.

Gman
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#6431756 - 08/30/16 04:11 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: dune2218
There seems to be a lot of discussion on what type of shot to use,,,heavy, light, 6's, 9's, etc. They all have different velocities and different characteristics--------- the key to hitting game is to pick one ------ any one----- and shoot that same one every year, year after year, one shell for dove and quail, one for ducks. . . Same argument about your chokes ----- I use full and Mod, for all game---- if the dove/quail/duck is 15 yds away I let him fly out to 25 yds before I shoot. simple --------- If you cant get a limit of doves with one box of shells, you are doing something wrong.
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#6431792 - 08/30/16 04:25 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: Judd]
bentman Offline
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Registered: 01/01/10
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Loc: tx
Originally Posted By: Judd
Killing birds is easy...you point and shoot where they are going to be not where they are. wink

Make sure you're full choke is rated for steel or is a steel shot full choke...if not your barrel could end up looking like this one:



bentman - I know you know this so I'm not directing at you, but there are some who might grab their lead chokes and end up in a mess that looks like this.

good point on the chokes
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#6431795 - 08/30/16 04:27 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 8123
Loc: Frisco, Texas
--------- If you cant get a limit of doves with one box of shells, you are doing something wrong.

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#6431861 - 08/30/16 05:16 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
Sniper John Offline
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Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16482
Loc: North Texas
On that same supposition I should only own and shoot one shotgun every year, year after year for all birds too. And for big game to be consistent a single rifle with a single chosen round every year, year after year for all game?

Naw, that would be boring. That is great advice for the beginner. But after hunting during 70% of my life, I prefer to rotate through several different shotguns, gauges, chokes, and loads and rifles for other game through the season or from season to season be it for the situation presented, nostalgia, to purposely limit myself, or just because I can. I can say without a doubt by using and learning the advantages and limitations of several different firearms and loads, it has greatly improved my overall hunting success and therefore experience.
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#6431960 - 08/30/16 06:01 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
Grandpa Lee Offline
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Registered: 08/18/16
Posts: 115
Loc: Victoria County
While I am not disagreeing with you on your advice here OP, I can't say that it applies to everyone, maybe not even most. Ive always shot my doves with IC in the barrel because they tend to decoy quite close at the beginning of the season and after a few Dove hunts I tire of the meat and tend not to hunt them again until the short second season in December and I step up shot size and choke then as they usually stay further out and have more feathers on by then. IC/Modified in the O/U for my Quail and a custom Decoy extended Carlson choke for my ducks.

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#6432039 - 08/30/16 06:35 PM Re: a tip on hitting doves [Re: dune2218]
P_102 Offline
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 768
Loc: Grapevine
I agree 100% on the "1 shell" philosophy, especially 1 velocity, but can't go along with always using the same gun or chokes. For the opener I'm lucky to be able to hunt a small watering hole that is almost always covered up with birds....I shoot a 28 O/U choked skeet and improved...it would just be silly to constantly hold off on shots and have to walk further to get them for no reason.....not the same later in the season at other places. P_102
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