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Title: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 18, 2017, 08:55:51 PM
Going to go dove hunting in fall and was wondering what kind of gear and shot size i need. Im figuring on 7 1/2 size shot. Using a 20gauge with a fixed modified choke barrel.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: D45/70 on July 18, 2017, 10:24:34 PM
 :knuppel2
Get a case or two of shells....
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on July 19, 2017, 03:57:38 AM
:knuppel2
Get a case or two of shells....
O0 Yeah on that, fuzzy! Where will you be hunting?
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 19, 2017, 06:00:35 PM
A farm of a friends. Same guy i went ground hog hunting at.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on July 20, 2017, 02:58:27 AM
I would suggest 7 1/2 shot, fuzzy. 20GA, I like. It won't have you beat up by the end of the day.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 20, 2017, 08:05:29 AM
Not sure my so gauge weighs nothing so it kicks pretty good. But a case of 20gauge shouldnt be an arm or leg
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on July 21, 2017, 02:17:32 AM
Yeah, won't set you back too bad. Where did you go hog hunting and how did that go?
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 21, 2017, 02:09:59 PM
Only saw 1 ground hog and i missed it i am way out of practice shooting. Been broke for so long havent been able to go.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on July 22, 2017, 04:38:08 AM
 :'( That's sad, fuzzy! Doing better now, huh?
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 22, 2017, 10:59:14 AM
yeah im doing better. having money is nice.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on July 22, 2017, 04:48:44 PM
yeah im doing better. having money is nice.
  O0 Yeah on that, sure beats the lean times.

You gonna make some more tries on the groundhogs?
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 22, 2017, 05:06:24 PM
Yeah at some point. not sure when he is going to cut the fields yet so i need to wait till around then.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: bohicajuan on July 25, 2017, 01:30:39 AM
Going to go dove hunting in fall and was wondering what kind of gear and shot size i need. Im figuring on 7 1/2 size shot. Using a 20gauge with a fixed modified choke barrel.

Hey amigo! How goes it? Sorry to take so long to answer, but been a bit busy these days and can't stop by like I want.

Dove "shoots" are a big thing here in Georgia, and it marks the opening of hunting season for us. Our opening day has fallen on the Labor Day weekend since before I was born. Opening day we usually have a BBQ to go along with it, and its as much a social event as a hunting one. We've been holding shoots for disabled vets to come out and hunt with us, and they bring the family and its a great time.

Your 20 gauge is perfect and the modified choke will be the way to go too. Nothing wrong with 7 1/2 shot but don't overlook 8 shot if you run low on the 7 1/2. Personally I prefer the 8 shot since dove are real easy to knock down.

I don't know where you're hunting but if the birds are flying higher than normal, don't be afraid to use high brass loads to reach out and touch them. Opening weekend usually means the birds haven't been shot at so normal field loads should get the job done, but when the birds start flying a little higher the high brass is enough to tag them.

Don't forget the Gatorade, ice water and sun block. Those opening days are often in the 80's here, but can go higher at times. It's almost a guarantee that someone will over exert themselves and wind up with heat exhaustion, and you'll be needing to cool them down.

Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on July 25, 2017, 03:37:23 AM
 O0 I would put my money on what bo says, he being a fella with years of experience shooting doves.
 You are ready for your big dove shoot I bet, bo!
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 25, 2017, 10:21:10 AM
yeah sounds like solid advice. So think i will get a couple boxes each of 7 1/2 and some 8 to see which works out better. And having some drinks and sunblock sounds like a solid plan.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on July 30, 2017, 04:57:40 PM
Any thoughts on brands of shells to think about. Probably just going to get a case of remington or something.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on July 31, 2017, 03:48:58 AM
Yes, or Winchester ammo.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: D45/70 on July 31, 2017, 03:09:37 PM
 :-X :-\ :'( :sad: :shock: :-P
 When I hunt/ shoot doves , It's quantity not quality that counts.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: bohicajuan on August 14, 2017, 04:49:44 PM
Any thoughts on brands of shells to think about. Probably just going to get a case of remington or something.

Personally I don't think it matters as much the type shotshell used when dove hunting. Your rifle may shoot a particular round better than others, but for dove shoots I'm more concerned about choke settings for the distance from shooter to bird, than what company shotshells I use.

For the forty plus years I've been shooting at doves I have used Remington, Winchester, Federal and Monarch probably 99% of the time. For a 20 gauge load I'd say that 7/8 ounce of lead shot is a good standard to go by.

Some higher brass loads are available in 20 gauge but you might have a hard time finding them in size #7 1/2 or #8 shot. You might have to go up to size #6, but since you're shooting a 20 gauge I don't see much of a problem. Opening day, if the birds are flying, you might wind up shooting 6 or 7 boxes of shells before you get the limit. Our limit is 15, and it is much harder to hit dove than quail or pheasant.

The modified choke should not constrict the pattern that much if you take a shot out to about 35-40 yards. 40 yards will probably be your longest shot with a 20 gauge, regardless of shot size. When I'm shooting a 12 gauge I still keep my shots as close to 40 yards as possible.

If you have the time and ability you can take 4 pieces of typing paper, draw an aiming point in the center, and staple them together so you have 2 on top and 2 on bottom. Then tack them to a tree or better yet to a shooting target stand.

Then pace off about 35 yards and then use the hood of your car or truck as a shooting rest and fire from a stable position at the paper, aiming for the center. If you have different brands of shot shell you can use a round from each to shoot the paper and check for the tightness of the pattern. It's really cheap and effective.

The 4 pieces of typing paper are not meant to be the dove, but doves hardly ever fly in a straight line, and they dart and dive and go up and down faster than you can keep the bead on them. By using the 4 pieces of paper you get an idea of the kind of "flack" pattern your shotgun is putting out, and this imho is the best way to see how the load you're using compares to the others.

A friend of mine hunts with a 20 gauge Remington and swears by Remington SureShot Heavy Dove Loads. You get an ounce of 7 1/2 shot and he has been knocking them down with those loads for years. He shoots a modified choke even on opening day because the spread is wide enough and with enough energy that it spreads enough at close range for low flying birds, but retains enough energy when the birds are farther out.

Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on August 15, 2017, 03:48:28 AM
 O0 Spoken by an expert, bo!
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: bohicajuan on August 20, 2017, 01:35:00 AM
O0 Spoken by an expert, bo!


As much money as I've spent on shotshells over the years, I should be given stock options at those ammo companies! :shock: :shock: :twisted: :roll: :wink: I think my money alone put most of their kids through college! :-P :twisted: :roll: :wink:

Last year I had a bunch of stuff going on and couldn't be as hands on for our veterans shoots, but this year we already have the field and are in the process of getting stuff ready. With all the crap we're facing now from both outside the US and especially from within, I wonder about our future. It's kind of scary, don't you think?
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on August 20, 2017, 02:24:00 AM
It certainly is scary and enraging, bo! I am surprised Martial Law hasn't been declared in some areas.  :knuppel2

I hope your Vets hunt goes well. It is a lot of work and a labor of love and respect. It's absent in the many evil minions now days.

Our CO at work has been spending a lot of money for disabled military folks, adding more comfortable hunting sites and well as a whole new road to one newly constructed site. We have volunteer guides that perform great.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on August 31, 2017, 01:42:16 AM
If 6 shot will work i might not have to buy shells i have a case of 6 shot floating around my ammo closet.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on August 31, 2017, 05:17:32 AM
If 6 shot will work i might not have to buy shells i have a case of 6 shot floating around my ammo closet.
  O0 Would work for me.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: bohicajuan on September 06, 2017, 08:53:28 PM
We had a really good shoot. The weather was nice for once and the humidity was super low. Since opening day legal hours starts at noon time, it is usually hotter than hell and twice as humid. I don't know if the hurricane was responsible for anything, but whatever the reason it was comfortable.

We had scattered shooting until about 6PM and then the birds really started to fly. A couple of guys commented that they'd been dove hunting for years, but this was their first time actually getting their limit.(limit is 15)

Had a nice BBQ and we entertained 17 vets along with their families, and everybody had a great time. Considering how terrible things are in general, in the world these days it was a nice reprieve from the crap we deal with on a daily basis.

Of course now we have a category 5 hurricane bearing down on places I've had a long time association with. I spent a lot of time in Puerto Rico back in the day, and although most of the people I know have left the island for the mainland years ago, it's still a scary thing to see this storm fixing to tear stuff up. I'm sure the number of dead will climb without a doubt.

My other old stomping grounds of Miami and the Florida Keys seem to be a very real possible target in a day or two. They started mandatory evacuation of the Keys this morning. Last night at 2AM I checked some of the live webcams down in the Keys and it looked like Friday 5PM rush hour traffic in Atlanta. All you could see was car lights headed north on US 1.

I found a webcam that is outside Sloppy Joe's Bar in downtown Key West and it looked like something out of a Zombie Apocalypse movie. It was 3PM and it looked like the whole city was dead and abandoned. There were like 5 people walking around as if they were waiting for the Zombie's to attack! :shock: :shock: :buck2

In addition to Sloppy Joe's I found webcams for The Smokin' Tuna and Irish Kevin's. I'm PROUD to say that back in my younger and wilder days, I'd gotten drunk and was thrown out of all three of those bars. I've actually been tossed out of quite a few bars in the Keys. Kind of a tradition dontcha' know! :twisted: :wink: :idiot2 :crazy2 :uglystupid2 :buck2 BACK WHEN THIS WAS STILL THE UNITED STATES. :knuppel2 :tickedoff

You could see how they had secured all the tables and chairs, and they had stacked plenty of sandbags in hopes of keeping the tidal surge. But this is category 5 hurricane, and I'm scared if it hits Key West directly, all those places will be washed away.

Miami had to endure Andrew back in 1992. It was also a category 5. I had left Florida by then and was back in Atlanta, but I saw pictures of my old neighborhood and it was pretty well wiped out. Depending on where or if Irma makes landfall, the destruction this time could outdo Andrew I'm being told.

One of the possible tracks has it coming up the east coast of Florida and making landfall near Fla/Ga line. Those on the Georgia side of the line have very little in the way of preparedness and it will be some serious damage.

I'm still hoping it will burn itself out before it reaches land and hopefully will lose most of its energy by then. But who can say for sure? Maybe God is really ticked off at how we've screwed things up, and this is just the beginning?!
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on September 07, 2017, 04:06:05 AM
 O0 I'm sure glad your dove shooting event went so nice, bo!  Yeah! I must take a lot of prep and work.

About the big storm headed towards Florida and you, we sure it runs out of steam before landfall! It certainly looks like a hell bender! :shock:

The dove population must be huge this year. I have never seen so many doves.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: fuzztsimmers on October 30, 2017, 11:22:44 AM
I never managed to get out at all. Started a new job at mcdonalds and they have me working all the time.
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on October 31, 2017, 03:42:04 AM
I never managed to get out at all. Started a new job at mcdonalds and they have me working all the time.
  :'(
Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: bohicajuan on November 03, 2017, 10:41:02 PM
I never managed to get out at all. Started a new job at mcdonalds and they have me working all the time.

Ain't that the way it always goes!!?? :knuppel2 :tickedoff

Of course now I'm in the mood for a Big Mac!! ;D :wink:

Title: Re: Dove hunting
Post by: John Andrews on November 04, 2017, 04:29:20 AM
Ain't that the way it always goes!!?? :knuppel2 :tickedoff

Of course now I'm in the mood for a Big Mac!! ;D :wink:
  :wink: Heck yeah! And some fried squirrel!