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un crowded dove hunt #7161008
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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.


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Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7161190
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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!


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Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7161229
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Buzz you make many valid points.

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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
Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7161541
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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.

Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7161587
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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"!!!!

Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7161620
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Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7161710
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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.


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Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7161939
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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.

Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7162062
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Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7162136
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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.

Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7162720
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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.


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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.

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You can come hunt my place in Coleman after the first two weekends or during the middle of the week would be fine also


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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.

Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7163651
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Make the switch to waterfowl - its much less frustrating roflmao roflmao

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Originally Posted By: oilag
Make the switch to waterfowl - its much less frustrating roflmao roflmao


been there, done that

never again


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Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7165480
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I always wanted to get a group of like minded guys together to go in and buy a good field. Just a dream...............


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Last several years I just dove hunt open weekend, and that is enough for me on dove. Early teal normally the next couple weekends then Iím into scouting for big ducks...

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Originally Posted By: bobcat1
I always wanted to get a group of like minded guys together to go in and buy a good field. Just a dream...............


For dove I'd never do that. Its so much more economical to find a quality place and do a lease thing.

Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: Buzzsaw] #7175104
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Until 5 years ago did the outfitter hunting thing, but I found one of my old acquaintances hunted doves but was getting long in the tooth and was going to give it up because he couldn't keep up with the ranch. I told him he didn't need to give it up. that I bet you have several friends who would help him out on the ranch. So 4 of us helped mend fences, water the stock and mow where needed and the biggest was running off the astounding amount of trespassers on opening week. We now have 167 acres of dove hunting heaven right here within 10 miles of the metroplex. We work our butts off but it's worth it for the companionship and the joy of watching a 86yr old shoot birds and get as excited as a a kid shooting his first.

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Originally Posted By: outfitter1
Until 5 years ago did the outfitter hunting thing, but I found one of my old acquaintances hunted doves but was getting long in the tooth and was going to give it up because he couldn't keep up with the ranch. I told him he didn't need to give it up. that I bet you have several friends who would help him out on the ranch. So 4 of us helped mend fences, water the stock and mow where needed and the biggest was running off the astounding amount of trespassers on opening week. We now have 167 acres of dove hunting heaven right here within 10 miles of the metroplex. We work our butts off but it's worth it for the companionship and the joy of watching a 86yr old shoot birds and get as excited as a a kid shooting his first.


that's cool, you earned it


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The dog thing bothers me the most. I am lucky that I haven't had any awful experiences like that but I do hate people constantly yelling at their dog throughout the hunt.

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We have numerous season long leases (both splits) throughout DFW. We don't put anymore than one hunter per 10 acres for example max of 10 hunters on 100 acres field. This is a lease and not a guided hunt, we can't predict what the birds are going to do 5 month before the season starts. We do our best to max the best habitat by planting the perimeter in seed producing plants but mother nature can trump that. It is your responsibility to scout and pattern the birds. If you are looking to burn up your barrel every time you hit the lease, I am not your guy. But if your looking to spend a couple hundred dollars to have a place to go within 30 minutes of home, shoot a few birds in an afternoon and be home for dinner? Then we have a lease for you. If weather cooperates like Stompy said and you do your scouting then yes you are going to shoot the occasional limit, but it is still North Texas dove hunting.


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Re: un crowded dove hunt [Re: mattyg06] #7178286
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Originally Posted By: mattyg06
The dog thing bothers me the most. I am lucky that I haven't had any awful experiences like that but I do hate people constantly yelling at their dog throughout the hunt.
I yelled and chased mine last year once. He was chasing a cripple that was flying 3' above the ground. I thought I lost him for sure because the field was full of hunters. But directly here he came back with the bird. He hasn't done that again because the collar went on and his hearing improved.


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