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1st dove hunt #7269503 08/28/18 02:24 AM
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My son wants to go on a hunt with me and I think he is finally old enough (although when he was three, we did a ďdeer huntĒ which consisted of him and I sitting on a stump for about 30 minutes until he ran out of patience a couple years back). I thought I would let him accompany me on a dove hunt, he will turn 5 just two days before the opening day. Was thinking just go out early to a public dove field and hang out until mid morning and maybe get some shots, maybe not. He will probably enjoy it either way. Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for bringing a young un on a dove hunt?

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i took my son as a young man. a few things:

1) lots of water and candy. Make sure he is having a good time. Don't try to teach him too much to fast. Just let him have a good time.
2) If you have a wounded bird, don't let him play with it. he may grow attached. pull the head off quick!
3) Let him bring a BB gun and practice gun safety.
4) If hunting public land, have him wear orange!

Good luck.

Re: 1st dove hunt [Re: Texaspilot] #7269677 08/28/18 11:10 AM
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Leave his phone in the car


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Re: 1st dove hunt [Re: beaversnipe] #7269833 08/28/18 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted By: beaversnipe
Leave his phone in the car

roflmao sad but true

Have lots of snacks and fluids, a few things to keep in interested.


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Wingshooting is like sex for me - I love doing it but I'm just not that good at it.

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Re: 1st dove hunt [Re: Texaspilot] #7269879 08/28/18 02:01 PM
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EAR PROTECTION

Re: 1st dove hunt [Re: Texaspilot] #7269966 08/28/18 03:12 PM
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Spray him down good for chiggers... nothing worse than taking a little one out and they get eaten up with those little bastages.



Re: 1st dove hunt [Re: Texaspilot] #7270080 08/28/18 04:36 PM
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Pay attention ------- ear protection,,,make sure he is on the left side of you when you fire. Also the BB gun is a great idea.

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thanks guys. All good stuff. He is getting excited!

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I second the bb gun but if you read the rules bb guns are not allowed on many public land areas. May not be a problem with the right warden.


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Eye protection hunting dove public for the opener, good chance you both will get peppered.

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Took my almost 3 yr old grandson last year he had a blast. like others said eye and ear protection and a bb gun. my grandson turned out to be a great bird dog. roflmao

Re: 1st dove hunt [Re: nate33] #7270608 08/29/18 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: nate33
Pay attention ------- ear protection,,,make sure he is on the left side of you when you fire. Also the BB gun is a great idea.



A little iffy based upon if you are RH or LH, have a dog, and shoot an autoloader...I get what you're saying though, put some thought into it

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we were the 'fetchers" till we could limb-shoot w/a single-shot 410...
we leared "Injun-sneak" w/them guns...
back a few (5) decades...
pert sure the "men" had a fun time watching us...
their way of teaching...
sneaking a dove on a limb was good schooling....

Re: 1st dove hunt [Re: Texaspilot] #7270697 08/29/18 03:34 AM
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Don't let him pop his first beer until you get your limit cheers

I'd try to find an out of the way spot. I took my oldest when he was about 9 or so on public....what a nightmare. Field was crowded and dangerous.

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Iím planning on a little bit farther drive to hopefully find a less pressured field. If it ends up being crowded/dangerous, weíre out of there...

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Agreed, first dove hunt needs to be in wide open spaces, away from the crowds.

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Taking my oldest (6) son for the first time in a weeks and am hoping that he enjoys it as much as I will.


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Me too. He sure is excited. I hope itís not a let down for him.

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My son shot his first dove when he was 5. Had him carry an old BB gun the year before and try to "shoot some birds". When he turned 5, I bought him a Rossi 410/22 combo single shot. He couldn't even [censored] it by himself. (even better for safety) Once he got over being scared of it, he finally shot a dove that landed on a tree limb. The next year he shot his first dove that was flying. Hasn't stopped since. Looking forward to another opening day with him this weekend. He has been hunting with me for the last 19 years.

My 5yr old daughter isn't as excited as he was. She did pull the trigger on a 20 gauge last year but doesn't want to "kill them". However, she is a excellent retriever.

What to bring.....
Plenty of drinks / snacks.
Bug spray
extra change of clothes for them.
ear plugs
And the most important thing, SNAKE GUARDS. I buy the canvas gators. They are awesome for the little ones. Come all the way up to their hips like chaps. They absolutely hate wearing them but it's worth it. No matter where you are, make it part of the hunting requirement and as important as gun safety. He had an issue wearing them until he saw his uncle take a strike from a rattler on his guards one season. For years after, he wouldn't even get out of the truck until he had them on.

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While you are sitting there killing time, it's perfect opportunity to teach!!! Guns and safety, life and death, respect, and about life in general. Life is busy and what better time to make life memories. And don't think they won't remember them as well.


Have a blast!

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Well, we didnít see a single dove, (heard one or two) but we had a good time. We ran into a herd of hogs (two bad they arenít allowed to shoot on his piece of public land), saw a couple of cool cranes, had a standoff with an angry bull, heard some cool song birds and saw some great stars and a sunrise, saw a ton of baby frogs at the water hole and my son only said he was bored a couple of times, but I think he liked it and it was a good experience. He wanted me to just shoot stuff and it was a good teachable moment that hunting is not necessarily shooting... I was worried about huge crowds or problems on the public land, but we didnít see any other hunters. Just some utility workers on a far edge of the field as we were walking out (I believe the field must be leased from some kind of oil company or utility.) Had a good time, just next time need to find some doves!

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