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Dove Hunting Public Land? #8386971 09/16/21 04:32 PM
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Anyone know of any half decent spots for dove hunting on public land in either south or central. Preferably something 4 hours or less from Houston. My buddy wants to go to Chaparral but I am not convinced that is worth it.

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It really depends if TPWD has food crops planted that attract dove...find the food source and the dove will be there...No food = No dove.

That WMA is a long way from Houston, but on the positive side, it could have a good bird population...best tip is to call the WMA manager to see what he can tell you about their management efforts.

Re: Dove Hunting Public Land? [Re: OlsonEr1] #8387263 09/16/21 08:35 PM
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Yeah I called and they said Chaparral was doing a 5 dove per person average. I have made that drive before to deer hunt there and it was worth it. But I don’t see it being worth the drive for some dove hunting that I won’t limit out on.

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Find you a good dove outfitter in the area, most are $100 a day/gun and will normally put you on a limit of birds if you can shoot.


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Re: Dove Hunting Public Land? [Re: OlsonEr1] #8387355 09/16/21 10:14 PM
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Where I live in Eddy Tx. there is a public dove hunting area about 260 acres. Its a youth/adult place meaning you have to have a kid with you to hunt it. I hardly ever see anyone out there. If I didn't have a place to hunt I would be all over this.

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I been looking at a few places near Cameron. I have not been in that area lately but on satellite it shows a lot of farm land around the spots I have been looking at. Anyone have a idea what they grow in that area or is it just hay growing

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I was down there last week and that field was just covered in corn that had been recently harvested. Stalks were rolled. Saw zero birds.

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20 years ago I would frequently shoot a limit of doves on Chaparral and now I'm lucky if I get five. I don't know what's going on but it's not good.

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Originally Posted by OlsonEr1
Yeah I called and they said Chaparral was doing a 5 dove per person average. I have made that drive before to deer hunt there and it was worth it. But I don’t see it being worth the drive for some dove hunting that I won’t limit out on.

Well, then it’s time to check out the Chronicle classified and start calling local bird outfitters…last time I checked, there were a bunch on the east and west side of town…you can spend the money that you will save on gas and hunt local.

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Originally Posted by OlsonEr1
Yeah I called and they said Chaparral was doing a 5 dove per person average. I have made that drive before to deer hunt there and it was worth it. But I don’t see it being worth the drive for some dove hunting that I won’t limit out on.

Good luck finding a Texas public dove hunting spot you can limit out, especially on a hunting forum.

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Originally Posted by OlsonEr1
Yeah I called and they said Chaparral was doing a 5 dove per person average. I have made that drive before to deer hunt there and it was worth it. But I don’t see it being worth the drive for some dove hunting that I won’t limit out on.

Good luck finding a Texas public dove hunting spot you can limit out, especially on a hunting forum.


Good luck finding a parking spot at a public dove hunting area,
much less a place to park your chair and be able to safely point
your shotgun. Don't forget to bring a rake to clean yourself a
spot amongst the spent shells and empty drink containers
and candy wrappers and butts

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Has anybody been to this corn field lately? wondered if it was plowed under.

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Doves are now feeding on crushed pecans in the roads in my area.


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