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Old 09-12-2015, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Dove hunting is not as easy as it looks!!

I keep missing!!! Lol! I've only hit one and it landed in the dang pond! HaHa
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:17 PM   #2
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Time to go swimming lol
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:18 PM   #3
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Time to go swimming lol
Heck no! I'll wait until it drifts over here! HaHa
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:21 PM   #4
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Lol you sound about as good a dove hunter as me lol
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:23 PM   #5
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Got a dove hunt coming up with my daughter I've gotta get better at it! Lol
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:23 PM   #6
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The bird will look like a bobber when the turtles start chompin on it!
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:26 PM   #7
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They aren't easy to hit. Sometime you should get a little instruction and shoot a few rounds of skeet or sporting clays. Makes all the difference in the world. Or, skip the practice, buy lots of shells, spray and pray, and have fun!
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:30 PM   #8
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Don't forget the aiming fluid. It also helps you rationalize your shell to bird count. Have fun
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:30 PM   #9
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Make sure you are leading the birds and follow thru on your shot
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:37 PM   #10
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Had some buddies over yesterday and shot some clays. Got me feeling a little cocky until the dove start ducking and diving all my shots!
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:37 PM   #11
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The bird will look like a bobber when the turtles start chompin on it!
Dang turtles!! Probably gonna eat the only one I kill today! Lol

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They aren't easy to hit. Sometime you should get a little instruction and shoot a few rounds of skeet or sporting clays. Makes all the difference in the world. Or, skip the practice, buy lots of shells, spray and pray, and have fun!
I think I'll try both methods!! Anybody up for giving some lessons?!? Lol

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Don't forget the aiming fluid. It also helps you rationalize your shell to bird count. Have fun
Maybe that's my problem....no aiming fluid!! Lol

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Make sure you are leading the birds and follow thru on your shot
They change direction so fast!!!!
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:40 PM   #12
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You'll get the lead right, just takes time. Turtles have to eat too remember turtle lives matter too. lol, good luck
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:41 PM   #13
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Don't worry my family and I suck at it too
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:47 PM   #14
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I heard the National average is 2 birds per box. I'm a little better than that... But not by much.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:52 PM   #15
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Pick your gun up at the last second, throw it up,swing through and pull the trigger. Don't try to "aim"!
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:55 PM   #16
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If possible try to position yourself where you have the birds coming straight at you. Like a fenceline corner, waterhole etc.

A straight-on shot is much easier than having to judge lead on a passing bird.

Just watch how the birds are flying, and pick your spot accordingly.

Doves also like to land in dead trees. If there is one where you are hunting, get under it.

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Old 09-12-2015, 07:12 PM   #17
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Well I'm through half the box so hopefully soon I get at least another one to take home and not feed the turtles! Lol

That's my problem is I'm aiming! I keep forgetting they are not little deer with wings! HaHa

I'm tucked up behind some bushes next to a pond and they are flying from my left to my right with none of them coming at me. I might move tomorrow?!!?
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:13 PM   #18
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You'll get the lead right, just takes time. Turtles have to eat too remember turtle lives matter too. lol, good luck
#myegomatterstoo....lol
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:14 PM   #19
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Should have brought my fishing pole...the fish are really jumping!!
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:18 PM   #20
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Well I'm through half the box so hopefully soon I get at least another one to take home and not feed the turtles! Lol

That's my problem is I'm aiming! I keep forgetting they are not little deer with wings! HaHa

I'm tucked up behind some bushes next to a pond and they are flying from my left to my right with none of them coming at me. I might move tomorrow?!!?

Ok see, you didn't mention the flight pattern in your original post.

They are Left Wing Dove. No good, go home.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:28 PM   #21
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Lol atleast you're seein birds. The only doves I've seen so far were in my neighborhood driving out here.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:28 PM   #22
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Lead your birds, follow thru with your shot(don't stop swinging your gun), stay still move at the last moment. Practice helps you will get better.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:33 PM   #23
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Pick your gun up at the last second, throw it up,swing through and pull the trigger. Don't try to "aim"!
^^^This is exactly what I do...if you're trying to aim you're gonna miss...you gotta swing the barrel in the same direction it's flying'...good luck
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:35 PM   #24
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Try to shoot so far ahead that you will miss. Might be surprised. Most misses are behind the bird
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Old 09-12-2015, 08:06 PM   #25
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I just wish we had more to shoot at. I've been shooting good past few days. Have 9 in the bucket now and still have about 1/2 box of shells. Keep slinging lead. You will get it figured out
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Old 09-12-2015, 08:07 PM   #26
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I need to get a skeet thrower and start practicing!!
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Old 09-13-2015, 01:26 PM   #27
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Lead more than you think it takes. Behind never works, miss in front if you gotta miss.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:34 PM   #28
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What everybody does is shoot BEHIND them. It's the "standard" mistake. I'll never forget a couple of years ago, it was near the end of the season. Two dove flew RIGHT past, about 15 yards out. Classic passing shot. IC choke, 1 1/8 oz. of #8, Winchester Super Sport ammo.

They weren't flying together. The first dove was 15-20 feet in front of the second dove. I lined up, swung "through" the first dove, leading about 3 feet, and fired a textbook-PERFECT shot..... and the SECOND dove fell to the ground dead!!!

There's a lesson to be learned there....
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:39 PM   #29
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Pick your gun up at the last second, throw it up,swing through and pull the trigger. Don't try to "aim"!
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:43 PM   #30
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Well im glad i'm not the only one missing. I'd say i've shot at around 20 or so doves so far, and only hit 3....lol I need some practice.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:47 PM   #31
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I thought it was about sitting on your butt with a cold one shooting shells. If you hit them then you have to clean them. Its best to let your buddy kill them all and then invite you over for dove dinner after he cleans them.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:50 PM   #32
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I'm tucked up behind some bushes next to a pond and they are flying from my left to my right with none of them coming at me. I might move tomorrow?!!?
Swinging left to right for a right handed shooter is usually a tougher shot than right to left
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:41 PM   #33
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I missed a lot yesterday and today. Didnt get skunked but nothing to talk about... Texted home yesterday and said, "Christmas gift idea for me - skeet shooting lessons"

I was fun burning those 2-3 boxes of shells though.
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:58 PM   #34
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I feel the same way haha usually your behind them
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:49 PM   #35
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Yeah I was watching the wad and it was always behind the bird.....
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:12 PM   #36
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DO everything opposite you were taught about a rifle.Jerk instead of squeeze,point don't aim, use two eyes open stead of one, don't with too long shoot, waiting too long you normally will miss
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:33 PM   #37
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I'll come out and help you practice! No birds in my area. lol
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:44 PM   #38
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I use to get 1 or 2 birds per box of shells. Thought that was the norm.
Then I took a 2 hour class at elm fork. I was hitting behind all my birds ..
Raised my percentage up a bunch.
Left to right depending on how far out.. lead 6 feet or more and follow through on your swing..
Coming at you at an angle. 2 feet or so on lead..
I am by far not great but the coaching was well worth it.

Practice makes ya better and once you start hitting them it becomes even more fun.
I had my first and only double after the class.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:13 PM   #39
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I do close my left eye as it is dominent eye and I am right handed. That helped.

Best thing about dove hunting, it is fun whether you hit a bunch or not.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:38 PM   #40
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I'll come out and help you practice! No birds in my area. lol
You bring the beer and it's a deal! Lol
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:22 PM   #41
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I'm ready for dove season it starts this Friday here in the south zone.
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:38 AM   #42
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You bring the beer and it's a deal! Lol

Don't threaten me with a good time!
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:16 AM   #43
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Pick your gun up at the last second, throw it up,swing through and pull the trigger. Don't try to "aim"!
^ Exactly my method as well. Every time I aim too soon and track the birds for a long time I miss. Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:26 AM   #44
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The less I aim, the more I kill
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:53 AM   #45
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I keep missing!!! Lol! I've only hit one and it landed in the dang pond! HaHa

I know the feeling. I never got to do much dove hunting as a kid. But I was always a natural instinct shooter and pretty ****ed good one at that. This year I finally got to go out and couldn't hit anything. The problem is I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Thinking aout taking a lesson. Plus practice makes perfect. Get out and shoot some clays.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:59 AM   #46
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I use to get 1 or 2 birds per box of shells. Thought that was the norm.
Then I took a 2 hour class at elm fork. I was hitting behind all my birds ..
Raised my percentage up a bunch.
I am by far not great but the coaching was well worth it.
I can personally vouch for this, too. Some years ago I was missing every dove I shot at. Went to a range and took a lesson from a skeet instructor and the following week had a couple of practice sessions with some clays. When I got back to the dove field, I couldn't miss. It was a 180 degree turnaround.
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