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Old 09-10-2021, 09:16 PM   #1
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Default How do you shoot dove?

What's your technique?

I just blast into the sky and have fun almost never hitting anything. Mostly because I may only get 3 birds fly over in 1.5 hours so I get excited

But starting to think I may want to try and actually hit a flying bird or two.

So what are the secrets?
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:24 PM   #2
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years ago got into a trap @ skeets club was fun and help me a lot. can hit what i see now.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:27 PM   #3
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Lead them..then lead them further.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:29 PM   #4
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Match your barrel speed with the bird speed. When the lead feels right pull the trigger. If you miss change your lead on the next one.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:30 PM   #5
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Instinctively shooting.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:33 PM   #6
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years ago got into a trap @ skeets club was fun and help me a lot. can hit what i see now.
X2 on some (not all) of the skeet stations during the month of August. Good luck.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:38 PM   #7
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Lead them..then lead them further.
This man knows. When most people miss, they are shooting behind the bird. If you are in a slump, try to miss intentionally in front of the bird. I've seen it help many people get back on track over the years.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:42 PM   #8
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Let them land, then they are easy to hit
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:46 PM   #9
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Iím a fan of when they hover over the mojo or land in a tree. My % goes way up then. .

As others said, if you are in a slump, try to miss them in front of them, youíll surprise yourself b.


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Old 09-10-2021, 09:48 PM   #10
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Shoot way further out in front than you think you should
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:49 PM   #11
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I shoot much better standing than sitting. I like to back up into a mesquite tree and stand perfectly still then mount the gun at the last second. Trying to follow the bird with your muzzle from a long way off is asking for a flaring bird and a miss. I take it more seriously than most would find reasonable. I hate to miss
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:56 PM   #12
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Stand up to shoot. Pick out ONE bird. Don't just shoot into a group. Both eyes open.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:59 PM   #13
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Right in the lips..


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Old 09-10-2021, 10:11 PM   #14
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Take a week off and then quit.
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Old 09-10-2021, 10:13 PM   #15
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Beer… lots of beer. I get better by the hour!
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Old 09-10-2021, 11:09 PM   #16
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Lead and lead more until they duck/dive. Then back off a tad.

Wind was blowing tonight so my normal IC needed to be a mod.

Idgaf about Deer. I dove hunt for limits

Ignore the red that was for someone else






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Old 09-10-2021, 11:16 PM   #17
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Lead them..then lead them further.

This and keep swinging as you shot. If you lead but stop to shot you will be behind. I sling my gun as I shot like slinging corn on the ground. Helps me from stoping as I pull the trigger. I donít hunt dove like I used to but one box of shells is all I needed to limit back in the day. Also, shot all year long not just when dove season starts.


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Old 09-10-2021, 11:19 PM   #18
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Shoot all 3 shells at every bird
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Old 09-10-2021, 11:26 PM   #19
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This and keep swinging as you shot. If you lead but stop to shot you will be behind. I sling my gun as I shot like slinging corn on the ground. Helps me from stoping as I pull the trigger. I donít hunt dove like I used to but one box of shells is all I needed to limit back in the day. Also, shot all year long not just when dove season starts.


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Old 09-11-2021, 12:24 AM   #20
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I really don't think about it but I don't lead them all that much but I shoot a full choke when I'm shootin my 12 gauge which I do most of the time. Of course the further out they are the further I lead them. I keep track of how many birds I hit compared to how many shells I shoot. On average I hit 1 bird for every two shots I shoot when I use that shotgun. When I switch to my 20 gauge using an improved cylinder then my average goes way down because I catch myself trying to shoot them further out or I'm shootin behind them. I can get them a ways out with that 12 gauge using a full choke. When Eurasian doves fly in my percentages go way up because they're slower.

Basically the only way I can explain the lead I put on them is it's basically like I'm trying to shoot them in the head. The downside to the full choke is the close ones get mangled up pretty bad sometimes. Last weekend my buddy shot one ( he uses a full choke too ) and the only thing left to it was wings and chunks of meat and feathers. That thing exploded. I shot a pigeon from about as close as he did that dove and it's beak was the only thing left up top and it was hanging a little lower than normal.

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Old 09-11-2021, 12:41 AM   #21
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How much you need to lead depends entirely on your follow through
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Old 09-11-2021, 08:27 AM   #22
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Relax and enjoy it first. Swing through the bird and keep leading through the shot. Ambush shooting a bird (putting your gun up and waiting on the bird to cross the sight picture is generally not a good recipe for success). As with most things just takes practice. Clay pigeons or skeet or whatever its called in your area are cheap and cheap to shoot to practice. A few beers is a must to help you relax.
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Old 09-11-2021, 08:31 AM   #23
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Why would anyone want to shoot a bird that represents peace and love?








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Old 09-11-2021, 09:12 AM   #24
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Rat here is an article I wrote on it.
http://wildedtx.blogspot.com/2012/08...ore-doves.html
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Old 09-11-2021, 09:26 AM   #25
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Old 09-11-2021, 09:33 AM   #26
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Gut shot that's how...
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Old 09-11-2021, 09:33 AM   #27
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Rat here is an article I wrote on it.
http://wildedtx.blogspot.com/2012/08...ore-doves.html
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:02 AM   #28
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I aim for the eye.
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:08 AM   #29
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How much you need to lead depends entirely on your follow through
Start your swing then butt, bird, beak, and Boom!
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:19 AM   #30
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Right in the lips..
NahÖ..tears em up too bad 🤔
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I aim for the eye.
^^^this right here^^^ Curt knows 😜

Skillet shots work well too and saves ammo.
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:41 AM   #31
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Start your swing then butt, bird, beak, and Boom!
This always works for me..... of course I pick my shots too, so I don't have to get very far from the cooler to pick them up.
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:45 AM   #32
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Both eyes open
Take a shot at almost anything I can see because I see about 2 an hour
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:47 AM   #33
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I wait until they get really close then I shoot them with my 30'"barrel full choke so it tears the hell out of them. That way I get to have fun shooting those flying Javalinas and not have to mess with trying to eat them.
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:55 AM   #34
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Let them land, then they are easy to hit
Haha! Love itÖ^^^^
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Old 09-11-2021, 10:59 AM   #35
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All great advice above, but I'll add this since I didn't see it mentioned. Make sure your gun fits and throws up well for you! It may be a $300 gun or $3000 gun, but if it dosen't fit YOU well you will always struggle. Also pattern your gun and see how it does. I'd start with a more open choke like IC and go from there. About the tightest choke I ever shoot for dove is light mod. Lastly I spend alittle more money and buy decent shells. It makes a difference!
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:32 PM   #36
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Shoot all 3 shells at every bird
This is me along with beer comments above^^. Probably best to listen to the posts about leading Ö.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:22 PM   #37
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Shoot all 3 shells at every bird
This is sound advice. And do it every time.
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Old 09-11-2021, 02:37 PM   #38
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Old 09-11-2021, 03:10 PM   #39
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OP. I think what your really asking is how can you hit more of the birds you are shooting at.

IMO. Shoot more. Go buy a pallet of shells and shoot them all on the skeet field or clays course. You will improve. I know no other way.
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Old 09-11-2021, 03:17 PM   #40
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Instinctively. Like throwing a baseball. Am I extremely accurate? No. Do I sometimes shoot all 3 shells at one bird only to watch it fly away? Yes.

Normally takes me about 3 boxes to get a limit. I can get it thou. Lol


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Old 09-11-2021, 03:31 PM   #41
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Rat here is an article I wrote on it.
http://wildedtx.blogspot.com/2012/08...ore-doves.html
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Old 09-11-2021, 03:32 PM   #42
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4 methods;
Spray and pray, as in shoot everything you got at em and pray to hit one

Snap shoot kind of like quail hunters flushing birds

Long lead in front

Start behind bird and as your sight line clears beak blast em.

When I dove hunted regularly the last 3 worked well and I would use those 3 throughout hunt.
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Old 09-11-2021, 03:33 PM   #43
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Old 09-11-2021, 04:22 PM   #44
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I shoot them one at a timeÖ.
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Old 09-11-2021, 04:35 PM   #45
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Seems like we used to lead them about a foot. Been years since I’ve done it, though.
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Old 09-11-2021, 05:01 PM   #46
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The guy who owns the lodge I hunted at in Argentina had some good advice on shooting doves. "Shoot 'em where they eats, not where they sheets!"
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Old 09-11-2021, 05:15 PM   #47
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Off the power line
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Old 09-11-2021, 05:33 PM   #48
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Thatís my wifeís method.
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Old 09-11-2021, 05:34 PM   #49
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Only shoot at?the ones flying into a 20mph wind helps some.
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Old 09-11-2021, 05:44 PM   #50
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Rat here is an article I wrote on it.
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