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Old 08-31-2021, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Opening day dove report thread!

Will you be watching the sun rise over the muzzle of a shotgun in the morning? Hitting the fields tomorrow afternoon? Good luck to everyone - post your reports here. I will be hunting just north of Abilene - sunflowers are shredded and ready - hoping the birds are there too.
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Old 08-31-2021, 12:46 PM   #2
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Headed to Wichita Falls today to hunt with muddy water outfitters tomorrow and then headed to Brownsville Thursday to hunt Friday and Saturday! Iíll post how we do. Good luck to everyone!
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:00 PM   #3
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Looked real good in denton county about 10 days ago. Scouted yesterday and looked slim. Beer will be cold and the food will be tasty.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:04 PM   #4
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Has it always been

"Legal Shooting Hours From one-half hour before sunrise to sunset."

Why is it not 1/2 hour after sunset?
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:06 PM   #5
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Good luck everyone! I won't be able to get out till Saturday morning

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Old 08-31-2021, 01:06 PM   #6
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Thought some folks were getting an early start was looking forward to some pics.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:14 PM   #7
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We don't get to start till Friday (this is a first to have 3 days) & afternoon hunts only for the first two weekends before our regular starts...little chance of rain so watching the skies too.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:16 PM   #8
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Has it always been

"Legal Shooting Hours From one-half hour before sunrise to sunset."

Why is it not 1/2 hour after sunset?
Yes, been that way for migratory birds such as dove and duck as far back as I can remember.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:16 PM   #9
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Has it always been

"Legal Shooting Hours From one-half hour before sunrise to sunset."

Why is it not 1/2 hour after sunset?
I believe the reasoning to be because the birds are trying to get to roost.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:23 PM   #10
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They were thick as thieves in Justin a couple days ago. Pretty sparse now.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:48 PM   #11
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Noticed more white wings around town, may just be city birds though. I will probably go out tomorrow afternoon. Have an invite to sit on a friends stock tank.
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Old 08-31-2021, 01:56 PM   #12
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I'll miss the morning but should be knock'n 'em down tomorrow evening.
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Old 08-31-2021, 02:21 PM   #13
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I wish.
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Old 08-31-2021, 02:29 PM   #14
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I will be in Abilene Friday night and on the south side of town Saturday. A run to the Tye area north of town Sunday or Monday. Hope they are flying!
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Old 08-31-2021, 02:35 PM   #15
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Well ours ended before it started. Outfitter texted this morning and said no birds so this will be the first opener I will be missing in I don't know how long. I do appreciate his honesty though.
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Old 08-31-2021, 02:47 PM   #16
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Iíll be in El Campo Friday afternoon for the special white-wing season this weekend.


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Old 08-31-2021, 02:51 PM   #17
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I'll be in the field in the morning and again tomorrow afternoon with a double barrel in my hand. Hoping to burn some gun powder.
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Old 08-31-2021, 02:56 PM   #18
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Good luck to everyone. I'll be in the field in Creedmore tx.
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Old 08-31-2021, 02:59 PM   #19
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They were thick as thieves in Justin a couple days ago. Pretty sparse now.
They started harvesting some milo around, that usually mixes them up some.
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Old 08-31-2021, 03:17 PM   #20
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Will you be watching the sun rise over the muzzle of a shotgun in the morning? Hitting the fields tomorrow afternoon? Good luck to everyone - post your reports here. I will be hunting just north of Abilene - sunflowers are shredded and ready - hoping the birds are there too.
Thatís where we are headed. Got sunflowers shredded. Saw some birds a couple of weeks ago but not loaded down. You have any report for that area
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Old 08-31-2021, 03:35 PM   #21
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I'll be in Uvalde hoping for some birds. If not, Good Company, Cold beer and steaks!
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Old 08-31-2021, 03:37 PM   #22
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Not looking too promising in Grayson/Denton county area, last week there were gobs of birds, dont really know where they went.
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Old 08-31-2021, 03:43 PM   #23
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Iíll be in El Campo Friday afternoon for the special white-wing season this weekend.


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Who are you hunting with in El Campo? My buddy run's some hunts there.
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Old 08-31-2021, 03:55 PM   #24
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Who are you hunting with in El Campo? My buddy run's some hunts there.

Keith Sullivan


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Old 08-31-2021, 03:57 PM   #25
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Too busy to go during the week this year...we had it planned but had to cancel. And I planned on knocking out a big portion of my trim work this weekend since I was going to hunt opening day...so no plans there. Hopefully we'll put a hurtin' on em in the panhandle and down south on the 2nd and 3rd weekends....and possibly the 4th.. Good luck to yall that get to go!!
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Old 08-31-2021, 04:12 PM   #26
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I saw very few doves in northern Erath county this past weekend. Although, I've never seen numbers worth hunting around opening day in the ten years I've owned the place. They don't show up until December.
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Old 08-31-2021, 04:21 PM   #27
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We were supposed to be just south of Abilene but guy said they aren't seeing any birds. He didn't want to take our money with no birds. Glad he was honest and I bought insurance on my room so I could cancel it

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Old 08-31-2021, 04:21 PM   #28
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First Opening Day of dove season I am missing in a LONG time. Y'all give em hell! Remember, that third shot is probably not going to connect but it feels good to try.
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Old 08-31-2021, 04:29 PM   #29
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Heading to Edinburg on Friday for the Special White-Winged days. And possibly to Mexico the following weekend if i can get shells over there. It looks shot shells are pretty scarce across the boarder, dont know why since Academy is still selling Aguila ammo. But in any case good luck to all.
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Old 08-31-2021, 04:51 PM   #30
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Not hardly any dove here in north Waller county. Too much grass. They like the dirt.
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Old 08-31-2021, 04:58 PM   #31
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Headed to Hondo
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Old 08-31-2021, 04:58 PM   #32
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Headed to Albany. Not expecting much from reports I have heard. Pretty disappointing
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Old 08-31-2021, 05:02 PM   #33
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Too busy to go during the week this year...we had it planned but had to cancel.
doooo whuuut
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Old 08-31-2021, 05:07 PM   #34
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Milo is being cut as I type this. Had pretty good numbers of white wings coming in evening and morning to the milo yesterday.
Hunting in Muenster TX. Should be decent. Definitely not the numbers I have seen in prior years but can’t kill them on the couch.
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Old 08-31-2021, 06:16 PM   #35
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I will be hunting tomorrow morning in Guadalupe county. Based off my weekend scouting things aren't looking great. All the fields are over grown. There will still be some birds and if anything I will go back out in the afternoon. I'm still super pumped. Way better than sitting in the office.
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:20 PM   #36
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Ready to roll in southwestern OK.
Been looking at different places all afternoon, and we have some high numbers in a few places.
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:34 PM   #37
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Sounds like a good time to head west and hunt elk
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:41 PM   #38
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We’ll be hunting the last piece of undeveloped land we own (Southeast Austin towards Creedmore). This will probably be the last year we hunt there; by nest year, a new high school will be sitting at the same spot. Hope to find something near Creedmore or Niederland to hunt on going forward.
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Old 08-31-2021, 10:21 PM   #39
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doooo whuuut

I know I know.. add in the remodel and itís just a smart move. Iíll make up for it the 2-3 following weekends
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Old 08-31-2021, 11:11 PM   #40
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Dove are pretty slim south and southeast of Abilene. But all over the place in town of course.
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Old 09-01-2021, 04:21 AM   #41
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I believe the reasoning to be because the birds are trying to get to roost.
maybe some but most have roosted long before sunset.
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Old 09-01-2021, 07:41 AM   #42
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Good luck ladies! Wish I was out there myself!
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Old 09-01-2021, 07:51 AM   #43
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Birds are sparse. My shooting is "sparser" .

But I got a couple so far.

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Old 09-01-2021, 07:58 AM   #44
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Finally got a double.

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Old 09-01-2021, 08:07 AM   #45
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Hunting Yorktown the 3rd-5th. Birds have been slim...
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Old 09-01-2021, 08:14 AM   #46
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Another double. Maybe the rust is knocked off my shooting.

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Old 09-01-2021, 08:22 AM   #47
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Get em Shane!
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Old 09-01-2021, 08:25 AM   #48
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Not heading out til Friday, but will hunt Friday after noon through Monday. And then I have a big trip south for the opener there with good friends for a few days.
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Old 09-01-2021, 08:29 AM   #49
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Holding off until Friday.

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Old 09-01-2021, 08:40 AM   #50
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