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Old 07-22-2018, 01:59 PM   #1
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Been dreaming about them Sunflower & Wheat fields. Not much longer to wait for the 2018 Dove Opening Day. Heading to West Texas with friends on the 2nd weekend. In a few weeks I will be cleaning up the mojos and packing.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:10 PM   #2
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Secured a lease just yesterday. Dining room table full of shotguns and having a good cleaning party as we speak .


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Old 07-22-2018, 02:14 PM   #3
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Yea, looking forward to it here also. We don't have nearly the dove numbers here as you you guys, but still look forward to spending a few days with my son and dog and getting out. This and javelina hunting down there are the two hunting trips I really look forward to each year, just wish I could bring my dog with us down there. But no way. Good luck, how are the doves looking down there ? Here we have not seen many at all, fewer then I ever remember.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:29 PM   #4
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Always looking forward to dove season....even more than bow season every year.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:30 PM   #5
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wish it wasnt on a saturday
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:36 PM   #6
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It's been a long time (7 years) since we were able to hunt the opening day due to kids in school and missing so much. We missed last year due to Harvey but getting ready for Sept 1 back in Uvalde. One thing of note, man those hotel rooms are expensive for Labor Day weekend??? We normally pay $68/night in mid September but these are $140-$190 per night.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:53 PM   #7
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been seeing huge amounts around my place..
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Old 07-22-2018, 03:52 PM   #8
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been seeing huge amounts around my place..
They will all be in Mexico with the August full moon and Labor Day weekend it will rain in Texas statewide for the 1st and only time in 2018. At least that seems to be most opening weekends...
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Old 07-22-2018, 03:53 PM   #9
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They will all be in Mexico with the August full moon and Labor Day weekend it will rain in Texas statewide for the 1st and only time in 2018. At least that seems to be most opening weekends...
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:00 PM   #10
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Can't wait!! We have land in southwest Ok and the eurasians have come in like crazy. Just millions of em.
Definitely the funnest hunt of the yr. The pool opening morning is usually at $1500 or more, and with all the eaurasions it gets crazy. You better have a 100 or more doves to win.
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:01 PM   #11
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I'm ready. Been seeing steady groups of white wings this week in Webb county. Just hope our tanks still got water by then.
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:10 PM   #12
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They will all be in Mexico with the August full moon and Labor Day weekend it will rain in Texas statewide for the 1st and only time in 2018. At least that seems to be most opening weekends...
Yup. It'll rain a couple days before the opener pushing all birds out.
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:13 PM   #13
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We fire the pit up and the radio, ride golf cart over to the neighbors place and invite a few folks over to shoot doves, we shoot at them. We cook and have a good time and feed them after they hunt.
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:30 PM   #14
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Wife got me a 300 ac. dove lease just south of San Antonio in Atascosa county. I'll be shooting my Remmy 1100 12ga and a Citori 12ga with my 7/8oz reloads. Decoys are primed and ready to rock.
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Old 07-22-2018, 04:40 PM   #15
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We will be in Coleman for almost 5 years for opening weekend. 20 guys, beer, guns, and awesome food should be a good time.

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Old 07-22-2018, 05:33 PM   #16
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Brownsville..For opening weekend of White Wing
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:48 PM   #17
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Trying to decide whether to go with the 12 Or one of the 16s for opening day. Tough decision.
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:54 PM   #18
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I can’t wait
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:02 PM   #19
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Trying to decide whether to go with the 12 Or one of the 16s for opening day. Tough decision.
Them 16's are getting hard to find, and 28's are almost non-existent it seems.
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:14 PM   #20
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Can't wait for the Dove opener... at least maybe THEN it will rain.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:11 PM   #21
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Heading to Encinal for dove opener. Cant wait!
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:17 PM   #22
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:29 PM   #23
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We have a few places we normally go. We'll sitting in amongst the trees they roost in or sitting next to a windmill somewhere.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:35 PM   #24
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Looking forward to it especially with the dry conditions we have been having. Natural fed tank always holds water when a lot of surrounding properties are dry. Hope we do as well this year as last year
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:38 PM   #25
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Them 16's are getting hard to find, and 28's are almost non-existent it seems.
The shells arenít cheap either. Possibly my favorite to shoot though is my over 100 year old 16 guage side by side.
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Old 07-23-2018, 11:43 AM   #26
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Heard the 20 gauge whining to get out of the safe last night



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Old 07-23-2018, 12:01 PM   #27
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I'm Ready.. got a trip to hondo for Special and headed to Dilley couple weeks later!
gonna pick me up a relatively inexpensive over/under to play with this time around..
ordering my truckload of ammo this week..
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:06 PM   #28
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... I have a wedding September 1

WHO DOES THAT!!!!

Ill get to hunt the am at least
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:09 PM   #29
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We are covered up in DuvalCo. Getting excited. Going Labor Day weekend for Special WW days
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:18 PM   #30
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... I have a wedding September 1

WHO DOES THAT!!!!

Ill get to hunt the am at least
a buddy of mine did that once. He is on his second wife now.
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:23 PM   #31
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... I have a wedding September 1

WHO DOES THAT!!!!

Ill get to hunt the am at least
Don't go it's their fault no one get's married during hunting season.

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Old 07-23-2018, 12:32 PM   #32
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Just got engaged. First stipulation was no wedding until at least the end of next February!
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:36 PM   #33
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Iím excited for it for sure. Hope itís not hot as hell like normal but Iíll be out there either way.


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Old 07-23-2018, 12:44 PM   #34
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gonna be hot..as always.
shorts, snake boots, short sleeve with dove vest, mojos, bucket with seat, and yeti cooler....with cooling towel if needed.
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:53 PM   #35
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My favorite day of the year!
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:20 PM   #36
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Just got engaged. First stipulation was no wedding until at least the end of next February!
It's why I got married in June
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:26 PM   #37
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Heard the 20 gauge whining to get out of the safe last night



Dang you started very early.....dont blame you.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:33 PM   #38
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Ain’t been dove hunting in 10 years. The good days.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:34 PM   #39
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It'll be my first dove hunt on my new place. Super excited.
The neighbor had a little sunflower planted so I'll probably hunt my fence line in the morning and I'll probably hunt my tank in the evening.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:39 PM   #40
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Dang you started very early.....dont blame you.

I wish....but I could have with those being all Eurasians...
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:46 PM   #41
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if only i could hunt my backyard, i've got whitewings, mourning and eurasasians for days.
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Old 07-23-2018, 04:14 PM   #42
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Out some feed corn in front of a block of styrofoam and use a BB gun for the eurrasasians. Its fun!
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Old 07-23-2018, 04:28 PM   #43
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Brotha I can’t wait!! Not just because of dove season but the face that the rest of huntin season follows!!
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:53 PM   #44
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Dove has become my favorite season. Getting out there after the long off-season is always exciting. But in all honesty itís sitting with family and friends, laughing it up, having a few cold ones and enjoying the outdoors. Birds are just icing on the cake at that point!


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Old 07-23-2018, 08:19 PM   #45
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My sunflowers turned to dust along with my 2 tanks about 3 weeks ago. It'll take a little rain to dove hunt at my place this year....
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Old 07-23-2018, 11:38 PM   #46
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Signed up for a lease, have not had one in years. Can't wait.

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Old 07-24-2018, 02:07 AM   #47
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New pond is dug and windmill is fixed now we just need the birds to come.


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Old 07-24-2018, 12:43 PM   #48
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Our corn fields are looking good with this regular rain we are getting in south east Texas. Already seeing good numbers of birds hopefully a hurricane doesnít hit and screw it up like last year.


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Old 07-24-2018, 12:54 PM   #49
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Me too. ( dove lease ) Hunting on one Tex_Cattlemans places in Pflugerville. I live in the woods, and will dove hunt in town
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Old 07-24-2018, 01:42 PM   #50
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Not sure what I'm doing for the opener. For the last 3 years I've gone to a gathering of 15 or so guys at a friend's ranch near Lampasas. We have a lot of fun messing around playing shooting games and stuff but the birds have been very sparse. I went through almost case of shells opening weekend last year but 95% of them were shot at clays
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