Doves - still around?

#2
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.
Blessings
jesse
 
#3
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.
 

scottr

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#4
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
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?
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.
 

scottr

Active Member
#6
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.
makes sense now that I think about it. thanks for the tip
 

Kaari White

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#9
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
CWUGirl
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
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.
 

SightCast6X

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#12
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.

Gary,

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.

G
 

scottr

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#13
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
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!