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#7161008 - 05/05/18 08:54 AM un crowded dove hunt
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 13764
Loc: Frisco, Texas
oxy-moron huh.... I'm an older guy, 66, don't think I've missed a dove opener in many of those years. I've become tired of all the BS which goes with it now. I am looking for a hunt where I will never see these again, good luck to me.

1.100 pick ups, racing to the field to get the "best" spot
2. the hungover jack azzes who show up late and drive around the fields stirring up dust clouds.
3. The greedy "outfitters" who book 300 guns, who all end up in the ONE field holding birds.
4. The Dogs who were never trained, turned loose to screw up everybody else's hunt including the owner who passes out yelling for his dam dog all day.
5. The outfitter who says, man you guys should have been here yesterday or, "we killed them here LAST YEAR"
6. 600 hunters meeting at the Section Hand Steakhouse fill in the blank, wearing their brand new, starched camo, tags still attached, dogs running everywhere. Everyone freaking out, afraid they wont be first in line heading to the fields.
7. The outfitters guides, who get lost going to the correct fields in the dark, have to stop, call the outfitter, get directions and have 25 pick up trucks all towing un-needed ATV's for SHOWING OFF, turn around .
8. slob hunters who shoot over their limits and don't pick up as many hulls as they can find.
9. My last hunt, last year, the land owner was VERY good and kindly told my buddy and I where to set up. Other hunters who got there late were pissed at him cuz we were in "their" spot. Hunting was not very good.

I'm sure there are 1000 other things. I love dove shooting, yes, I love getting my limit if I pay $$, I expect at least having an opportunity at getting a limit. I've got a few ideas for this year, we'll see how it goes. I'm booked on a prairie dog shoot next month, if it goes well, it may take the place of dove hunting. I also could find a good place where later season dove shooting is good.
Yep, I'm getting old.
"I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time"
King George Strait

#7161190 - 05/05/18 01:11 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
bobcat1 Online   content
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Registered: 07/22/07
Posts: 3353
Loc: Sanger, Texas
Go hunt with John Jones aka Stompy on here. 214-803-9908. You will not have any of that BS hunting with him. He always has birds or will tell you if he don't. Best I know!
Bobby Barnett

#7161229 - 05/05/18 02:12 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
Wilhunt Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 3900
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Buzz you make many valid points.

#7161479 - 05/05/18 09:43 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
Judd Online   content

Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 12096
Loc: Wylie, TX
Originally Posted By: Phil Robertson
Don't let your ears hear what your eyes didn't see, and don't let your mouth say what your heart doesn't feel

#7161541 - 05/06/18 01:03 AM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
Txduckman Online   content
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 14106
Loc: Big D
Stompy will do you right. So will Ranger Creek, Texas Best Outfitters, Hailey. Got to pay to play. Sometimes the birds just leave.

We had a really good lease out west but most are taken by outfitters now. They know how to manage the fields for the landowners since the leasers trashed the fields I guess. When the outfitter harps on picking of shells more than anything, that tells you something.

Also, an uncrowded field can mean birds don't move as well. Got to keep them moving or they sit and eat. I have tried that and can be as equally frustrating with 500 birds and no guns but mine.

#7161587 - 05/06/18 07:45 AM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
Garwoodie Offline

Registered: 05/19/08
Posts: 106
Loc: Canyon Lake Texas
I'm with you all the way, especially those outfitters that take your good money and already knew that birds were thin in the area. "We just provide the opportunity"!!!!

#7161620 - 05/06/18 08:40 AM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: bobcat1]
Slimpickin Offline

Registered: 12/14/07
Posts: 994
Loc: DFW, Texas
uphunting with Stompy!

Edited by Slimpickin (05/06/18 09:14 AM)

#7161710 - 05/06/18 10:16 AM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
Stompy Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 5088
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Thanks guys for the kind words, I do my best but weather and birds are unpredictable at times. Just so folks know, I'm already booked up for the first two weekends of season.
Cabin Rentals on the ranch for Hubbard Creek Lake

#7161939 - 05/06/18 02:29 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
TTT Ranch Online   content

Registered: 12/07/06
Posts: 751
Loc: Throckmorton
Iíve got openings on my 320 acre place in Throckmorton County. 50 acre field in the heart of my property is where is put my paid guests. Would love to have you out. I have a max of 30 guns on any given day. 817-733-3005.

#7162062 - 05/06/18 05:41 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
sig226fan ( Online   happy
duck & cover

Registered: 11/21/05
Posts: 31813
Loc: Hickory Creek, Fannin Co. Texa...
We have 300 hunters on 10500 acres in Fannin and Grayson County... private fields in Foard, Baylor and Archer County... hunt alone, or in a crowd, your choice...

#7162136 - 05/06/18 07:00 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
BDB Online   content

Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 854
Loc: Mesquite
I's find a place between Throckmortan and Cisco. Stomp's place is in that line. So is my lease. I've hunted 40 days in the last 3 seasons and walked out of the field with 37 limits. Lots of birds in that part of Tx.

#7162720 - 05/07/18 10:51 AM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
LarryCopper Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 4515
Loc: The Great State
I'm getting old, too, I guess. I'd rather have a semi-private hunt with my friends and family and only get a handful of birds than deal with crowds. I'm done with the big local leases. Nothing against the folks running them, there are just too many jackwagons out there with no experience.

Got a deer lease out west now and there are enough birds. It isn't limits every day, but quite a few early on.

#7163082 - 05/07/18 03:59 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
ducknbass Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/18/06
Posts: 9884
I've had a lot more hunts where I wished there was a couple more guns than I've thought there are too many guys on the field. Advantage of being a poor son of a gun.

#7163083 - 05/07/18 04:00 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
bentman Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 01/01/10
Posts: 1395
Loc: tx
You can come hunt my place in Coleman after the first two weekends or during the middle of the week would be fine also
If it bleeds I can KILL IT

#7163445 - 05/07/18 09:28 PM Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw]
Txduckman Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 14106
Loc: Big D
I was done with the local leases in my 20s. I rather go to the deer lease and pop some or a paid hunt. I popped more at the deer lease than any dove lease though.

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