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Old 05-18-2019, 05:54 AM   #1
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Well hell yes! Nice little 3 hour Eurasian/ringneck shoot with Fishndude in the Panhandle. .1oz #6s out of the ole 20 ga put a hurt on em. . This is one invasive species I love!

Man itís shaping up to be a good September for Texas too. We saw dove most of the 6 hour drive out which we havenít in years past making two trips a year.. There were hundreds and hundreds of mourning dove at our place that we couldnít do anything with but let them land at our feet. And that they did. Hope they are still there in September in these numbers...Fun times!!..

Snapped a quick pic of my take to that point of birds during a very short lull



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Old 05-18-2019, 05:55 AM   #2
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:03 AM   #3
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Nice shooting!

Dove population in East Texas is waaayyy up this year already. I know they won’t stay but still good to see numbers back, as I will keep a percentage around
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:03 AM   #4
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Heck yeah! Congrats
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:54 AM   #5
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Bacon anyone?
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:17 AM   #6
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You guys sure know how to have fun!! Congrats!
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:37 AM   #7
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:41 AM   #8
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I have the odd Eurasian at my place. I’m curious how to hunt them. Do you let them land so you can ID them?
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:41 AM   #9
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:45 AM   #10
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Very nice, looks like fun!
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:46 AM   #11
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I have the odd Eurasian at my place. Iím curious how to hunt them. Do you let them land so you can ID them?
Best if you canít id them flying, to not hunt them out of dove season (I donít mean that to be rude or smart @$$)

They are much larger, lighter in color and fairly easy to id (but I see them a lot, so that might not be a true statement across the board)
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:07 AM   #12
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Nice!

I've been after one in the yard with the cold steel blow gun. Tim Wells I am not

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Old 05-18-2019, 09:11 AM   #13
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...Man itís shaping up to be a good September for Texas too. We saw dove most of the 6 hour drive out which we havenít in years past making two trips a year.. There were hundreds and hundreds of mourning dove at our place that we couldnít do anything with but let them land at our feet. And that they did. Hope they are still there in September in these numbers...Fun times!!..
That is welcome news - thanks for the report!
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:13 AM   #14
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Nice haul. My favorite invasive species by far.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:16 AM   #15
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Very nice!
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:27 AM   #16
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Awesome!

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Old 05-18-2019, 09:31 AM   #17
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Jason will be along soon I'm sure to answer this question. I asked him the same thing this morning. The tail gives it away.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:07 AM   #18
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I have the odd Eurasian at my place. Iím curious how to hunt them. Do you let them land so you can ID them?


I answered you in Instagram too..

Look for a long square tipped tail on the Eurasians/ringers. Mourning dove have a single feather tip that looks like a point and flare like a triangle when they bank. Eurasians have a square tail and itís a wide square with feathers all the same length when they bank or fly . This is the number one indicator in flight for us. Once you see it a few times actually looking for it, you canít unsee it. It becomes second nature. Also the Eurasians fly like a slow drunk pigeon.

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Old 05-18-2019, 10:19 AM   #19
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Well color me jealous.

Not many where I hunt, but I always I Díd by first thinking it was a pigeon.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:29 AM   #20
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I have seen at my hunting lease, when I go out there in a couple of weeks I think I will take my shotgun and a sack of milo.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:50 AM   #21
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Good job. I love me some ring necks
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:50 AM   #22
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:07 AM   #23
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:09 AM   #24
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Do they taste like mourning dove?
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:16 AM   #25
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They taste the same to me. They are about the size of a large white wing. We just cook the same as any dove.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:16 AM   #26
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To me they do but a jumbo sized
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:21 AM   #27
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Looks like fun! Do y'all throw out some millet or anything when it's not mourning dove season?
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:33 AM   #28
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Looks like fun! Do y'all throw out some millet or anything when it's not mourning dove season?


We do not.... but the feedlots near us does put out plenty of grain and wheat seed
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:54 AM   #29
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We do not.... but the feedlots near us does put out plenty of grain and wheat seed
Nothing at all wrong with it it you did. I would. But if the feedlot has that base covered for you already, that's even better. Always good bird (dove, pheasant, quail) hunting next to a feedlot.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:05 PM   #30
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Pretty darn cool! Any feral pigeons flying around there? I’d bet they get thick as the Eurasians around the feedlots.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:08 PM   #31
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Nice haul. My favorite invasive species by far.
Axis and hogs top my list
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:11 PM   #32
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I answered you in Instagram too..

Look for a long square tipped tail on the Eurasians/ringers. Mourning dove have a single feather tip that looks like a point and flare like a triangle when they bank. Eurasians have a square tail and itís a wide square with feathers all the same length when they bank or fly . This is the number one indicator in flight for us. Once you see it a few times actually looking for it, you canít unsee it. It becomes second nature. Also the Eurasians fly like a slow drunk pigeon.

Eurasians:





Mourning:




Thanks for the visuals. Really helped.
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:06 PM   #33
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Pretty darn cool! Any feral pigeons flying around there? Iíd bet they get thick as the Eurasians around the feedlots.

Yes sir but those dang things are smart.... we have killed a few for the years but once the first shot goes off they steer clear.


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Thanks for the visuals. Really helped.
Sure thing. Jeff and I had to do the same type of research when we started several years ago. I get the same question every year so I just keep them handy. Good luck!



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Nothing at all wrong with it it you did. I would. But if the feedlot has that base covered for you already, that's even better. Always good bird (dove, pheasant, quail) hunting next to a feedlot.
Yes sir... but at 6 hours away we figure we wouldnít make a difference and the feedlot is close enough we benefit from it.
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:57 PM   #34
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Thanks for the tutorial.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:11 PM   #35
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Nice stack of ringers!



We've got some at a local Wally world here in town. Some are almost pigeon sized. Being city birds, they don't have may worries. And seldom leave the "Sam's feed lot".
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:16 PM   #36
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It's hard to beat a good dove shoot. I'd honestly take Eurasian doves over Mourning Doves. Besides being easier to hit you can shoot more of them and there's more there to eat. After shooting at the fast ones it's a piece of cake hitting pigeons and Eurasian doves.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:20 PM   #37
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Question can you legally hunt eurasians and shoot them on the ground eating deer corn or flying around your feeder? On any given day there is between 50-100 of them on the ground eating corn under my feeder.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:21 PM   #38
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Oh and great idea fellas hunting them in between the regular hunting seasons!
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:26 PM   #39
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I'm pretty sure you can hunt em anywhere even w bait. They are considered an invasive species not native to Texas. So no limits and no seasons apply. You just have to be careful picking em out in the sky from a regular dove.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:18 PM   #40
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:19 PM   #41
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Congrats. Looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:50 PM   #43
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Nice pile!
First two I ever killed flew out of a barn where we parked.We'd just got permission from a farmer the day before.
He pulled up right before dark.Asked us if we'd had any luck,etc..Last thing he said was,"don't shoot my pet dove's,up at the barn"

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Old 05-18-2019, 04:15 PM   #44
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Thanks fellas for the good words!!

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Question can you legally hunt eurasians and shoot them on the ground eating deer corn or flying around your feeder? On any given day there is between 50-100 of them on the ground eating corn under my feeder.

Yes... you can bait and hunt over bait for the Eurasian doves only.


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Nice pile!
First two I ever killed flew out of a barn where we parked.We'd just got permission from a farmer the day before.
He pulled up right before dark.Asked us if we'd had any luck,etc..Last thing he said was,"don't shoot my pet dove's,up at the barn"

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Oh hell. Did he find out?
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:24 PM   #45
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Yes... you can bait and hunt over bait for the Eurasian doves only.






Oh hell. Did he find out?
Lol,I think he figured it out.He told my buddy Ray,"Dunno where my pair o' doves went"."Yall ain't very good shot's,but even you two could hit them big *******'s"

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Old 05-18-2019, 07:30 PM   #46
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Good start on day 2... mournings everywhere again, but the Eurasians are a little slower today. Missing some shots I should have made doesnít help.

FND has some decent shooting as well.


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Old 05-18-2019, 08:03 PM   #47
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Very nice, good way to get ready for September!

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Old 05-18-2019, 08:16 PM   #49
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Do y'all pick up pigeons when you shoot them? A few years ago my brother,a buddy of mine and I shot our limit of Mourning doves,plus some bonus birds like Eurasian's and pigeons and a some starlings. I picked up the pigeons and those guys didn't want nothin to do with them. I bet they don't taste any different than a dove.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:19 PM   #50
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Looks like a lot of fun. Can't wait until September!

I have only seen a few Eurasians, but one thing I have noticed is they glide. Is that normal behavior for them?
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