Doves - still around?

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by scottr, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. scottr

    scottr Active Member

    You guys on the eastside still seeing doves around? I'll be up near Waterville good luck on the opener.
  2. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

    Everywhere I go I see a lot of Doves this year. The area around the Spokane river has a big population. I was in Southwest Wash last weekend and the doves were all over.
    Good Luck; when I hunted them years ago I could never hit one of the buggers with a shotgun.
  3. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

    I live in Wenatchee and have been seeing a few, not enough to make it worth shooting at.
    I'm going after grouse, more meat per shot. Good luck to you.
  4. scottr

    scottr Active Member

    Thanks guys.

    Gary I always think I'll hunt doves in the am and grouse after lunch but it never happens because I have only limited on doves once. Hows the hunting up the Entiat?
  5. Kaari White

    Kaari White Active Member

    Scott, just a suggestion... In my opinion, you should switch the two up. Hunt grouse in the AM and doves in the afternoon. I've found that the evening flights of doves are much more productive and easier to predict than they are in the early morning hours.
  6. scottr

    scottr Active Member

    makes sense now that I think about it. thanks for the tip
  7. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

    I agree with the am grouse and pm doves.
    I like the am grouse and pm trout.
    I have not scouted the Entiat. Good luck
  8. Guy Gregory

    Guy Gregory Active Member

    Yeah, still around here for a week or two.
  9. Kaari White

    Kaari White Active Member

    how'd you guys do on the opener? I didn't get a chance to, but I'm thinking about dove hunting before the season ends.

    The reports I've heard have been pretty bad.
  10. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

    If you like to wing shoot passing shots. I would look for a spot where the barn pigeons are crossing to or from feed/water.
    The dove thing over here (Eastside farm lands/wheat fields) is poor. Just my .02.
    I grew up in Southern Oregon and I have never seen enough doves any where else (except Arizona) to make it worth shooting. Also the doves leave early around here.
    Maybe someone else has something better to say about doves.
    If ya want to get into some quail, chucks or Huns during upland season, I'll be happy to give ya some help.
  11. seekm

    seekm chris

    Spent the opener in Central Oregon near the John Day River. From what we heard, a couple of short but pretty intense storms rolled through the area a few days before we arrived and a bunch of the birds took off. It's a long drive but we were able to find enough birds to limit out each day and it's a nice way to ease the dogs into the fall.
  12. SightCast6X


    I've had some really good luck around Ephrata and Moses Lake. The closer you are to the lake the better. They follow the little ravines down to the lake from the grain fields. Always got my limits.


    I have to agree with you about AZ. I spent some time in school down there and we would shoot a lot of birds around the Florence area, along irrigated farm fields and railroad tracks. Awesome.

  13. scottr

    scottr Active Member

    I got skunked and bagged it early to spend time with my family. Hunted Wells and only saw a few birds but got some scouting in

    It was cold at night and the birds were likely south of me and I didn't feel like driving.
  14. John O'Leary

    John O'Leary Member

    Try hunting the edge of an orchard at dawn when the birds fly off their roost. If it is near a cut wheat field and/or water - all the better. Four of us had a great shoot opening morning along an irrigation canal between an orchard and vineyard. Since then, the hunting has been slower. Time to put the lab away for a couple weeks and get the Brit warmed up for partridge!