So ... apparently I signed up for an account a long time ago. I'm not sure that I have ever made a post / thread here but here goes .. so be gentle please.
I've longed for my kids to be more interested in hunting a fishing. We've recently moved into the city from the country and have been inundated by the squirrels. My wife has shared her displeasure of the squirrels and the boys have picked up on that. I've refused to let them take the squirrels at their peril due to it being in the city and close quarters. Kids and airguns and neighbors can end in bad ways if not supervised correctly. They have decided they want to go squirrel hunting this year ... so I bought a youth model 20ga and a public use land permit.
We took them out shooting at the range so they could get accustomed to shooting. The 12 yr old is digging the 20 gauge. The 8 year old is digging the single shot 410 and is pretty decent shot. After playing around at the range, the 8 year old nailed a couple of old trashed water bottles when thrown. The 12 yr old was struggling. We may blame the thrower a little but let's not tell them.
This got me thinking ... I've gone on some sponsored dove hunts and had LOTS of fun. These were not exactly kid friendly hunts though. I would really like to give the boys this experience, which boils down to my predicament ...
The amount of public land (that seems to be good dove hunting land) available is daunting and spread out and at least 6 hours away. Me not being in or around the area .. I hate to just trek that way and hope for the best with 2 impatient kiddos in tow.
Does anyone have any pointers on a good area that's not to busy? These are inexperienced kids and I don't want them to be to crowded.
Long term .. I'd like to get a place to go as a lodging type setup, but I don't want to break the bank in doing so. This however would take some planning and may include some friends.
I'm not asking for honey holes, I just need information on a good area with availability.
If this has been posted already .. I'm sorry, please refer to the first line.