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Old 09-18-2022, 05:59 PM   #1
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Drove from Houston to Carrizo Springs and back this weekend and saw very few doves anywhere. The most I saw was just west of Houston in a goatweed field by a construction zone. We had a good weekend catching up with friends but it was the slowest dove opener I can remember. Even the milo fields outside of Dilley were empty. I wonder if the lack of doves is due to the dry summer, or possibly they got pushed out somewhere else. Anybody seeing birds in decent numbers?
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Old 09-18-2022, 06:08 PM   #2
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I see them in droves on every road I travel, which is a pretty wide swath!

But nothing when we're in the field with shotguns.
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Old 09-18-2022, 06:16 PM   #3
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Same between Poteet and Pleasanton. 3 hunts this weekend and only 7 to show for it. Very few birds in the air. But, across the county road I heard at least 600 shots Friday and Saturday. I couldnt figure out what they were shooting at.
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Old 09-18-2022, 06:34 PM   #4
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They're hiding out with all the ducks that never show up anymore.
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Old 09-18-2022, 06:47 PM   #5
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FishnDude and Smart kilt em all.
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Old 09-18-2022, 06:55 PM   #6
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They all go to the city on the 1st. 3 sits this weekend and saw 8 birds. None within range except the one that was, I hit and it flew about 30 feet the other side of a high fence that borders our lease property.
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Old 09-18-2022, 06:58 PM   #7
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Seems like for the first time ever they are flying in huge groups through San Saba. Seeing 20-30+ at a time.
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Old 09-18-2022, 07:09 PM   #8
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All over north dfw and not at my lease out west
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Old 09-18-2022, 07:31 PM   #9
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Plenty of doves and white wings in Hidalgo county.
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Old 09-18-2022, 07:55 PM   #10
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I think the big freeze hurt them more than we realized.
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Old 09-18-2022, 08:36 PM   #11
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Just got back from Kansas. Tons!
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Old 09-18-2022, 08:41 PM   #12
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Hammered them in the valley last weekend. Way more mourning dove that years past.
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Old 09-18-2022, 08:47 PM   #13
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The panhandle was on fire this weekend!
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Old 09-18-2022, 09:06 PM   #14
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Bunch on the southeast side of San antonio limited on whitewings in about 1.5-2 hours.
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Old 09-18-2022, 09:18 PM   #15
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Argentina is loaded with them…
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Old 09-18-2022, 09:22 PM   #16
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15 of them were in my bag this evening
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Old 09-18-2022, 09:31 PM   #17
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Freeze destroyed them last year. They actually thrive in drought. So far here locally is about average. But throckmorton has been on fire from start to current
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Old 09-18-2022, 09:33 PM   #18
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15 of them were in my bag this evening
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None in my Brown county area or goliad this week.
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Old 09-18-2022, 09:49 PM   #19
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Just got back from Kansas. Tons!
Saw a bunch in Illinois as well a couple weeks ago.

They're spotty along the coast but I'm hearing shooting, just don't know if it's dove or teal though.
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Old 09-18-2022, 10:26 PM   #20
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Should have had a seven man limit opening morning in East Bernard, but the guns weren’t shooting straight so we ended with half that. Best hunting we have had in over 20yrs.
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Old 09-18-2022, 10:27 PM   #21
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They're hiding out with all the ducks that never show up anymore.
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Old 09-18-2022, 10:28 PM   #22
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We had some decent shoots in Webb county this weekend. Not lights out like years past, but plenty of shooting.
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Old 09-18-2022, 10:34 PM   #23
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We hammered the WWs in the George West area the 1st weekend, mournings in the Panhandle on the second weekend and back in George West for a helluva sotx mourning opener. Been a great three weekends. Needless to say, I need to rest this next weekend to get ready for the bow opener ..
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Old 09-19-2022, 09:46 AM   #24
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Went down to a lease we have in Alice, pretty slow where we were. Hunted Friday evening and Saturday morning. Talked to a local on Saturday at a Cantina. He said they were loaded Wednesday and a storm came through and it went dead Friday. I hunted on some family land Wednesday outside Alvin/ Houston. We limited out Wednesday and Thursday. Hunted Sunday morning and evening pretty dead. Went to go home and must of been 50 on a gravel road and power lines.Need to give them a week off
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Old 09-19-2022, 09:50 AM   #25
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We had some good shoots this weekend in Spofford. They weren’t coming in in droves like the past couple years but it was constant action.
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Old 09-19-2022, 10:35 AM   #26
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We were also in Carrizo Springs and La Pryor and had the same results very few birds.

I talked to a guide in uvalde that said the dove data collected by the state showed a 20% kill off during the freeze.


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Old 09-19-2022, 11:19 AM   #27
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Hondo had a great amount of white wings. Groups of 20-30 at a time.
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Old 09-19-2022, 11:22 AM   #28
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lady charges 60 per person per hunt
Can you share her contact information?
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Old 09-19-2022, 11:39 AM   #29
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Was in Waelder this weekend, 4 hunts and came home with 14. Birds are not there like they were years previous.
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:07 PM   #30
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Whitewings flying by the hundreds between George West and Freer the past two weekends.
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:08 PM   #31
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All over north dfw and not at my lease out west
Same. Plenty in Lake Highlands but virtually zero in Stephens County
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:15 PM   #32
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Buddy sent a video from hunting Lubbock this weekend...... dove looked thicker than mosquitos in Alaska.
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:18 PM   #33
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Climate change has them all messed up.
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Old 09-19-2022, 12:33 PM   #34
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They are thick north of Midland, but not at my lease in Comanche County.
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:11 PM   #35
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Doves are becoming managed like any other wildlife in Texas, and have been for a while now. There is some value in doves and leasing so people planting fields just for doves. When I was young every tank and farm field was good hunting it seemed like. Now days I’ll plant fields for doves on the ranch I manage and we have great hunts consistently. Others in the area struggle and wonder why cattle pasture isn’t loaded with doves. Birds imprint to a field and will come back the following year compounding the struggle for others as each new generation of doves come back.
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:15 PM   #36
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Not in Coleman. Sat Saturday night and 4 of us only managed to kill a total of 13 birds
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:19 PM   #37
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They were not down around Tilden last weekend!
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Old 09-19-2022, 05:30 PM   #38
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Same between Poteet and Pleasanton. 3 hunts this weekend and only 7 to show for it. Very few birds in the air. But, across the county road I heard at least 600 shots Friday and Saturday. I couldnt figure out what they were shooting at.

Send me a PM and I can give you a guys number. We shot 3 limits yesterday afternoon in the Poteet area.
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Old 09-19-2022, 06:08 PM   #39
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Hunted just out side crystal city
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Old 09-19-2022, 06:16 PM   #40
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Slayed them in Uvalde on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Old 09-19-2022, 06:54 PM   #41
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I think the big freeze hurt them more than we realized.
Agreed. I'm allowing for a 'rebuilding year' here.
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Old 09-19-2022, 07:50 PM   #42
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Doves are becoming managed like any other wildlife in Texas, and have been for a while now. There is some value in doves and leasing so people planting fields just for doves. When I was young every tank and farm field was good hunting it seemed like. Now days Iíll plant fields for doves on the ranch I manage and we have great hunts consistently. Others in the area struggle and wonder why cattle pasture isnít loaded with doves. Birds imprint to a field and will come back the following year compounding the struggle for others as each new generation of doves come back.

Itís kinda common sense, theyíll find pickings in a cow pasture but a buffet in a sunflower field. Markís two fields in Mercedes made a believer outta me the few years I went.

Heck the best year we had at our place we sprigged 20ac for a hay field and it came up first with a solid crop of croton from the soil disturbance. Might need to improve another field next summer a couple months before the opener


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Old 09-20-2022, 12:48 AM   #43
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Same between Poteet and Pleasanton. 3 hunts this weekend and only 7 to show for it. Very few birds in the air. But, across the county road I heard at least 600 shots Friday and Saturday. I couldnt figure out what they were shooting at.
We're just south of Leming and our neighbors were shooting the hell out of something.
Hunting over a very large tank with open ground all around it.
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Old 09-20-2022, 07:52 AM   #44
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Panna Maria was loaded with Dove.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:41 AM   #45
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Wood county area was loaded this morning on feed route! Were not here yesterday
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:44 AM   #46
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I haven’t been able to find them
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:49 AM   #47
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Go to Castle Hills in San Antonio, the ground and trees are probably thick with white wings and morning doves. That area of town used to always be thick with them, when I to go to that area of down, during dove season.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:56 AM   #48
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They all go to the city on the 1st. 3 sits this weekend and saw 8 birds. None within range except the one that was, I hit and it flew about 30 feet the other side of a high fence that borders our lease property.
That sounds like our family farm growing up. The majority of the dove we would see all day, would be flying low and fast, about 100 yards the other side of the fence over the neighbor's property. On rare occasions, they would fly right down the fence line, just over the tops of the mesquite trees, which that's where we would be hanging out. All we would see were flashes of birds going directly over our heads, through the tops of the trees. People would be jumping up, running out away from the trees trying to get off shots at them, before they were out of site. 98% they escaped unharmed.

We had good quail hunting on that place, it made up for the crappy dove hunting.
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Old 09-20-2022, 10:33 AM   #49
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Buddy sent a video from hunting Lubbock this weekend...... dove looked thicker than mosquitos in Alaska.
Hope it stays that way. Headed up there on Tuesday next week for an evening hunt. Itís usually really good up there every time I go.
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