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#7196475 - 06/13/18 08:35 AM Dove numbers
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 6043
Loc: texas
Howís it looking around the state? Decent numbers here north and west of Houston, just hope we donít get a big hurricane again.
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#7196512 - 06/13/18 09:21 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
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duck & cover

Registered: 11/21/05
Posts: 31804
Loc: Hickory Creek, Fannin Co. Texa...
Still a month or two too early to put much faith in local numbers. Hearing good things, but I don't get excited until seeing good numbers Aug 1 and after.

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#7196687 - 06/13/18 12:51 PM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
rickym Online   content
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 6043
Loc: texas
Most of the resident birds here arenít goin anywhere. We arenít dependent on migrating mourners, but I fully understand what you are saying.
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#7196861 - 06/13/18 04:22 PM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
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Registered: 02/08/18
Posts: 126
Loc: North Texas
I've been seeing a lot more birds then last year, but like others said its still to early to get excited. I'm ready to shoot at something besides snakes with my shotgun though!!
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#7197059 - 06/13/18 07:20 PM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
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duck & cover

Registered: 11/21/05
Posts: 31804
Loc: Hickory Creek, Fannin Co. Texa...
Originally Posted By: rickym
Most of the resident birds here arenít goin anywhere. We arenít dependent on migrating mourners, but I fully understand what you are saying.


If you AREN'T dependent on migratory birds after noon on opening day, I'd love to know the zip code you hunt. I am primarily a dove hunter, before anything else, spend many a day dove hunting each year, and everywhere I've been are depending on migratory birds after the first 5 hours.

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#7197099 - 06/13/18 08:12 PM Re: Dove numbers [Re: sig226fan (Rguns.com)]
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Originally Posted By: sig226fan (Rguns.com)
Originally Posted By: rickym
Most of the resident birds here arenít goin anywhere. We arenít dependent on migrating mourners, but I fully understand what you are saying.


If you AREN'T dependent on migratory birds after noon on opening day, I'd love to know the zip code you hunt. I am primarily a dove hunter, before anything else, spend many a day dove hunting each year, and everywhere I've been are depending on migratory birds after the first 5 hours.

79546

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#7197312 - 06/14/18 05:50 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
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Registered: 02/21/06
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Loc: Belton Tx
Seeing a lot at my place and sunflowers are looking great

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#7197575 - 06/14/18 11:31 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: scalebuster]
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Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 5125
Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Originally Posted By: sig226fan (Rguns.com)
Originally Posted By: rickym
Most of the resident birds here arenít goin anywhere. We arenít dependent on migrating mourners, but I fully understand what you are saying.


If you AREN'T dependent on migratory birds after noon on opening day, I'd love to know the zip code you hunt. I am primarily a dove hunter, before anything else, spend many a day dove hunting each year, and everywhere I've been are depending on migratory birds after the first 5 hours.

79546

We will be killing local mourning the first few weeks. Can kill local ring necks all season long.

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#7198213 - 06/15/18 12:46 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: 8pointdrop]
kweber Offline
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Registered: 09/03/15
Posts: 281
about aug 10 white-wings explode here and are usually good till first front...Harvey spoiled that last yr...
migrant Mdoves don't show till oct
fronts play a lot, thoÖ
a mid-sept front will push out our local birds...
winter season has usually been poor this far north, but last 2-3yrs have been good...
this yr at the cen/so border we will have an old full sept/oct like seasons 40 yrs ago...
60 days of prime early fall hunting...
tea-weed is usually ready about oct10ish...
and temps are better...
really we could have a 5mo season and not affect #'s much...
after Labor day the hunter #'s fall off a lot...

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#7198469 - 06/15/18 10:30 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: sig226fan (Rguns.com)]
BDB Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 851
Loc: Mesquite
Originally Posted By: sig226fan (Rguns.com)
Originally Posted By: rickym
Most of the resident birds here arenít goin anywhere. We arenít dependent on migrating mourners, but I fully understand what you are saying.


If you AREN'T dependent on migratory birds after noon on opening day, I'd love to know the zip code you hunt. I am primarily a dove hunter, before anything else, spend many a day dove hunting each year, and everywhere I've been are depending on migratory birds after the first 5 hours.


We shoot locals into late September. You can clearly tell the difference in a local and a migrator. I do think our fields are so good we pull other 'locals" off areas around us but the first good fronts don't push true northern birds into our area until late September

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#7200467 - 06/17/18 05:52 PM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
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Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 89108
Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Our sunflowers are looking good to the west and south of us. As long as we have a good sunflower crop to mow, we should be in good shape.
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#7207668 - 06/25/18 02:01 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
Billy02 Offline
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Registered: 05/07/18
Posts: 17
time is near, waiting for the moment.

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#7207781 - 06/25/18 07:52 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: BDB]
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Loc: Graham
Originally Posted By: BDB
Originally Posted By: sig226fan (Rguns.com)
Originally Posted By: rickym
Most of the resident birds here arenít goin anywhere. We arenít dependent on migrating mourners, but I fully understand what you are saying.


If you AREN'T dependent on migratory birds after noon on opening day, I'd love to know the zip code you hunt. I am primarily a dove hunter, before anything else, spend many a day dove hunting each year, and everywhere I've been are depending on migratory birds after the first 5 hours.


We shoot locals into late September. You can clearly tell the difference in a local and a migrator. I do think our fields are so good we pull other 'locals" off areas around us but the first good fronts don't push true northern birds into our area until late September



Exactly...Ö..

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#7212382 - 06/30/18 09:58 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: snake oil]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 05/13/17
Posts: 255
Loc: Denison, TX. / Texoma
Originally Posted By: snake oil
Originally Posted By: BDB
Originally Posted By: sig226fan (Rguns.com)
Originally Posted By: rickym
Most of the resident birds here arenít goin anywhere. We arenít dependent on migrating mourners, but I fully understand what you are saying.


If you AREN'T dependent on migratory birds after noon on opening day, I'd love to know the zip code you hunt. I am primarily a dove hunter, before anything else, spend many a day dove hunting each year, and everywhere I've been are depending on migratory birds after the first 5 hours.


We shoot locals into late September. You can clearly tell the difference in a local and a migrator. I do think our fields are so good we pull other 'locals" off areas around us but the first good fronts don't push true northern birds into our area until late September



Exactly...Ö..


^^This...and pray for early frontal activity.
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#7220418 - 07/10/18 08:41 AM Re: Dove numbers [Re: rickym]
sprigsss Offline
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Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 990
Loc: Snyder, TX
We shoot almost exclusively local birds in Fisher County. Of course we don't have a great food source.

With each passing mild front, we see fewer and fewer birds. If a strong front blows in, we shoot nothing.

We typically don't see numbers of migrators until the early season is just about over.

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