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Old 09-02-2018, 09:41 PM   #1
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A buddy of mine and I got to talking about it and I figured I'd ask y'all what you think the average amount of doves killed per box of shells is? We both thought 6 doves per box was probably average.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:42 PM   #2
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I think the national average is a box for 1.5 birds.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:43 PM   #3
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I figure Iím around a box to 1.5 per limit
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:44 PM   #4
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I think the national average is a box for 1.5 birds.
That's always what I've been told.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:45 PM   #5
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I think the national average is a box for 1.5 birds.


Well, apparently, Iím well below average.


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Old 09-02-2018, 09:46 PM   #6
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I have huge ups and downs. I have gotten a limit in a box of shells and then given up after 3 boxes and 5 doves.


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Old 09-02-2018, 09:50 PM   #7
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I was almost a box in today and had 6 killed. A starling kept flying over so I dropped him. I don't ever get a good average because I don't pass up bonus birds. I feel like that should up my percentage some.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:51 PM   #8
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in the mornings I’m about 2-3 shots per bird. In the afternoons about 5-6, but that’s due to socializing and beer
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:00 PM   #9
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My average goes up if there's a lot of Eurasian doves flying around. I like shootin at those.

This morning I trimmed some dead branches off a tree. I missed a dove that was coming in to land in it three times. He went whistling off into the wild blue yonder. Didn't even clip a feather on it. How that happened I'll never know.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:12 PM   #10
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The most recent statistic I have heard is 6 shots per bird. So roughly 4 birds per box.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:14 PM   #11
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On a good day maybe 6-8/box but probably average 4-5.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:15 PM   #12
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in the mornings Iím about 2-3 shots per bird. In the afternoons about 5-6, but thatís due to socializing and beer
Shoot if I drank very many I wouldn't have any to clean and I'd need another case of ammo.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:20 PM   #13
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I know this, I spent more time kicking around in the weeds trying to find birds than I'd have liked. That junk is thick and it never fails,they fall right in the thick stuff most of the time. You could have a plowed up field with a patch of weeds on it and a bird would fall in it if you were to shoot one out there.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:28 PM   #14
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I was able to get my limit yesterday morning with just one box. This morning the birds were just not there. But I went 3 for 3 this morning so I figure that's about as good of an average as I could have hoped for. But I have my days when I would be better off using a slingshot haha now my buddy's father in law yesterday probably shot around 5 boxes maybe more and only killed like 4 birds.

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Old 09-02-2018, 10:34 PM   #15
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I think I’m about a 10 to a box guy
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:39 PM   #16
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Some guys are good all the time.
Some guys are just plain bad shots.

I think that for the average shooter,
Some days you shoot great,
Some days not so much.

Never know in advance till you pick up the shot gun and start blasting.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:56 PM   #17
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I agree with those that say it really just depends on the day. I have my days when I do good and then there are days when I don't do so great.

My brother on the other hand is probably one of the best if not the best dove shooter I know. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he averages 10 to 12 birds per box of shells. I don't think I've ever seen him have an off day. My buddy and I are probably about the same. He's made us look like we'd never been dove huntin a day in our lives a few times. And most of the time he ain't shootin one of his guns. Some guys are just naturally good.
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:56 PM   #18
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Conditions make a huge difference. Sitting in the corner of a sunflower field when they ae fluttering in like butterflies will make you feel like a great shot. Pass shooting white wings with a 25 mph tailwind will make you mutter and cuss
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Old 09-02-2018, 10:58 PM   #19
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I really suck....I'm a 1:1 kinda dove hunter

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Old 09-02-2018, 10:58 PM   #20
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4 dove per box average?? Wow...I have never thought about it, but I guess that is probably about right. Maybe 6 per box on a good day (talking about average over all shooters). If I don’t get a 15 bird limit in a box of shells (or a little over), I’ve had a bad day. Maybe it comes down to shot selection for some people...don’t take a bunch of shots you can’t make? Anyhow, interesting thread...
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Old 09-02-2018, 11:02 PM   #21
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Never dove hunted before and going for the first time in the morning. I will just be happy with one in a box of shells tomorrow.
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Old 09-02-2018, 11:03 PM   #22
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Texas deer hunter, I will agree with that.
I think that percentages go way up when there are a lot of birds flying and you can pick your shot.
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Old 09-02-2018, 11:07 PM   #23
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Best I've ever done a few years ago was 16 per box. There were enough birds that I could be selective with my shots though.

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Old 09-02-2018, 11:08 PM   #24
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Conditions make a huge difference. Sitting in the corner of a sunflower field when they ae fluttering in like butterflies will make you feel like a great shot. Pass shooting white wings with a 25 mph tailwind will make you mutter and cuss
I agree. I think it also depends on the gun/choke you're shooting. I use a full choke and have for a long time. I take shots on birds that are a little further out and do just fine that way. But if I get one comin in hot it flies right over me I could miss very easily from ridiculously close range. It makes me wonder how many more I'd kill or how many I wouldn't kill for that matter if I wasn't using the gun and choke that I use.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:03 AM   #25
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I have always heard the average is 1 bird per 7 shots or 3.5 birds per box.

I rarely take more than 3 boxes of shells with me, I average 1:2.5 shots. But like Jerp said co ditions make a big difference, and while I’m not hunting the corner of a sunflower patch I’m hunting in highly populated areas with low pressure and I generally hunt with small groups or alone. Im picky about my shots, I don’t shoot beyond 30 yards and have a **** good dog that does not miss many that fall.

Conversely I hunted with my son tonight, shooting mostly cleanup after he would shoot, my average was down, 9 birds on 19 shots.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:07 AM   #26
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Conditions make a huge difference. Sitting in the corner of a sunflower field when they ae fluttering in like butterflies will make you feel like a great shot. Pass shooting white wings with a 25 mph tailwind will make you mutter and cuss


It all depends on the conditions. If they are coming into a mojo dove I can knock out a limit real quick. If thereís a god wind and the birds are not flying well, I can burn through 3 or 4 boxes to get a limit.


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Old 09-03-2018, 12:37 AM   #27
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I read TPWD said it was 7 shells per bird. Happy shooting!
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:40 AM   #28
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Where the heck are they getting these "averages" from?

I've never been asked how many shells I shoot per bird.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:41 AM   #29
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I’d say I hit a shot out of 4, if they’re cooperating. If it’s slow and I start sending up prayers, that drops pretty quick.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:41 AM   #30
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I know about where I’m at, but statistically, I’d say there are waaaaaaay more bad shots out there than people who can shoot. I’ve been on so many hunts I’ve often wondered what these people were actually doing. At least they were out there giving it hell. Always told’em good shot and never fought over a bird I knocked down that they ran after lol
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:43 AM   #31
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I was a decent shot last year. Maybe a bird per 3-4 shells. I have been humbled the last 2 days.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:58 AM   #32
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You're supposed to hit them? I've been doing it all wrong!
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:41 AM   #33
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I have never missed a dove...y'all need to get better

What's that? You're supposed to actually SHOOT at them? Oops I seriously have never been...I've had a lot of opportunities, just haven't been able to get away when the offer is on the table
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:49 AM   #34
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Depends on who’s shooting. Usually empty the shotgun per bird so that’s bout 45 for a limit lol
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Old 09-03-2018, 03:57 AM   #35
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Well then, I must be a freaking awesome wingmaster cuz I went 8 birds in 11 rnds. I started 5 for 5 then hit a slump going 0 for 3 before connecting on the next 3. Lol
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Old 09-03-2018, 07:34 AM   #36
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I have days I I shoot pretty well and I have days itís so bad all you can do is laugh about how bad it is. But hey shooting is fun so itís a win win


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Old 09-03-2018, 08:51 AM   #37
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Depends. I have read 5-6 national average.
Lots of difference sky busting at passing white wings and cream puff shots on mojo morning dove landing.
Some simple advice, shoot an o/u and pick your shots. Your average and satisfaction will improve.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:57 AM   #38
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Depends, opening day they were everywhere and coming into my mojo like crazy so if it wasn't a perfect shot or I didn't feel like walking further I would just pass.. I got a limit with some shells still left in my first box.. sometimes I hunt around the temple area at my family place and it's all white wings that fly high and will start doing some crazy moves once they realize what's up and I might get 6 birds per box..
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Old 09-03-2018, 09:05 AM   #39
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I really enjoy just watching the birds fly through a 12 shot barrage as 4 hunters empty their guns. There is a beauty to the dodging and darting as the bird flies by with a big grin on it's face.
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Old 09-03-2018, 10:48 AM   #40
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I have huge ups and downs. I have gotten a limit in a box of shells and then given up after 3 boxes and 5 doves.
Same here. I went to an over/under two years ago and did much better than usual, no more throw-that-third-shot-at-a-going-away-bird just to see if a magic pellet would bring it down...so my wasted shell total dropped way down.
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Old 09-03-2018, 10:54 AM   #41
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had a friends brother from michigan come down for a dove hunt last year. I dont know what he was expecting but he came down thinking his would drop 90% of his shots we still give him a hard time about that
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:00 AM   #42
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My wife cusses like a sailor hunting doves. It's hilarious. 2 birds to the box.

I started hunting them every day during season at 14. Switched to an O/U 410 at 21 and pounded them every day during season for almost a decade. Doves do not like me.

Just talked a buddy into planting next year...............
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:10 AM   #43
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I remember as a teen taking 1 box of shells and my Dads single shot 12 gauge. I'd come home with way more birds than I do now shooting my O/U and Benelli. Technology gets better and my birds per box ratio goes way down. Go figure.
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Same here. I went to an over/under two years ago and did much better than usual, no more throw-that-third-shot-at-a-going-away-bird just to see if a magic pellet would bring it down...so my wasted shell total dropped way down.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:02 PM   #45
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One other variable... I don’t buy cheap shells, and certainly no “light” or game loads. 1 1/8 ox or up, prefer 1 1/4 Oz if I can find them on sale and I noticed my knockdown ration went up when I started shooting 7.5’s instead of 8’s. Maybe it is mental and I focus more shooting more expensive loads, but I think it’s a combination of throwing more mass at them
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:04 PM   #46
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I can generally limit with less than two boxes if they are flying good. But I don’t let a bird flying a little farther out pass by without shooting at it like some people do. Shooting clays competitively every week helped me learn my gun.

I shoot Herters 1 1/8 oz 7.5 target load. 1200 fps. No need for that 1350 fps “game” load.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:05 PM   #47
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I have huge ups and downs. I have gotten a limit in a box of shells and then given up after 3 boxes and 5 doves.


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Thatís me ^^^^^^^^!

I would say I avg about 6-8/box of shells. Havenít dove hunted in a while, so may be worse now???

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Old 09-03-2018, 12:48 PM   #48
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It doesnít take very many three shoot missed to drag an average down.

The situation usually dictates my average. A good feeding field with a steady flow of birds usually helps. Itís the slow days with lots of marginal shots that my average plummets.

After a year of watching my son shoot high school clay sports and NSCA events- itís amazing that once a year guys hit anything.


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Old 09-03-2018, 01:25 PM   #49
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For me it depends on the situation (like others have mentioned) and which gun I'm using. If I use dads old pump my average drops. If I use great grandfathers single shot it goes up. The one year I borrowed a semi-auto was just a mass of plastic on the ground with very very very few dove. I'll go to the single shot every time if I can.


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Old 09-03-2018, 01:50 PM   #50
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One other variable... I donít buy cheap shells, and certainly no ďlightĒ or game loads. 1 1/8 ox or up, prefer 1 1/4 Oz if I can find them on sale and I noticed my knockdown ration went up when I started shooting 7.5ís instead of 8ís. Maybe it is mental and I focus more shooting more expensive loads, but I think itís a combination of throwing more mass at them
Honestly, that shouldn't matter for 90% of your hits amigo...the extra shot can help if your aim is just outside the pattern, but for the most part it isn't going to significantly improve your hit ratio.

I'm shooting a 12ga but use light kicking 7/8oz & 1oz target loads at 1200fps which is very tame. Remember that good target loads use a harder lead that deforms less & pattern is almost always improved. Give this 1oz / 1200fps rounds a try & see how you do.
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