They either use modified or full chokes, believing that with tighter chokes they can bag doves at greater distances — perhaps out to 50-60 yards. However, for every bird they bag at those distances, they’ll miss five or six birds out of 10 that will be at 25 yards or less.
What is the best shot for dove hunting?
Dove hunters should stick to smaller shot sizes – No. 7 ½, 8, or 9. Perhaps the best all-around and most common 12-gauge shot shell used in the dove fields is a 1 or 1 1/8 ounce load of 7 ½.
How far should you lead a dove?
You want to aim over six feet in front of the bird. As a general rule, one inch of barrel movement equals one foot of lead for the bird. If you shoot like you are going to miss in front of the bird, you will likely put the dove right in the center of your shot pattern.
Is dove hunting better in the morning or evening?
▶ The best shooting is during those times when the birds are flying between roosting and feeding areas. In the morning, that’s generally between 8 and 10, and in the evening from 5:30 until about 7.
Where do you aim for doves?
The Butt, Belly, Beak System of Aiming dictates that the hunter starts to swing his shotgun, coming from behind the bird, past the butt, belly and beak of the dove, and continuing to swing as he or she pulls the trigger.
How many dove decoys should I use?
The key is not how many dove decoys are set out, but how and where. Try spacing out four or five decoys or double up a pair or two. It has been my experience that it is often more effective to position decoys in separate pairs, rather than in groups. Doves on the ground often travel in pairs.
Can you wear shorts dove hunting?
“Most dove hunters on the field wear camouflage, but there’s always that one guy who will wear a camouflage shirt with white shorts, which just blows my mind,” Evans says. “The worst thing you can wear in a dove field is light-colored clothing because doves can spot light colors from miles away.”
How long can dove sit before cleaning?
They should last 4-5 days easy. I’ve aged them all sorts of ways. The only thing I stick away from are plastic bags (like a grocery bag) in a dove field. I don’t care for doves left whole, in a plastic bag sitting in a hot field.
Can dove see blue jeans?
—Do wear complete camouflage—pants and shirt, cap, face mask, even gloves. Too many hunters believe doves are unwary and can’t detect a shooter in blue jeans, or one with his white face shining upward in afternoon sun. Doves are plenty cagey, however, especially after opening weekend on public land.
How many dove can you shoot a day?
Mourning dove and white-winged dove have a daily bag limit of 15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged dove. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit.
Can you dove hunt with a 22?
22 is an extremely POOR choice for hunting doves, and would be illegal in most states as well.
Do doves drink water in the morning?
Birds know predators cannot hide on a bare bank. Mourning doves typically water at least twice daily — following the morning feed before flying to a midday roost, then again following the afternoon feed before flying to an evening roost. When temperatures are unusually hot, the birds may water several times a day.