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Thread: Dove season

  1. #1
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    Default Dove season

    Did anyone get a chance to dove hunt the opener?

    I hunted a state site in central Illinois and very few doves seen.
    Managed 2 doves and when I checked out of the 18 hunters I had the highest harvest number.

    I know several other state sites did pretty well.

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    Hey Cooper. I didn't get out. I was planning on a early season goose hunt, then hunt doves (last Saturday) but things have fallen through due to "life happens" type of stuff.

    From what I've seen though, there are a lot of geese and some good dove numbers in this part of the state.

    Nick
    "Through license fees and excise tax on arms and gear, sportsmen contribute over $200 million per year for wildlife conservation programs" (U.S. fish and wildlife service)

    http://www.pheasantfreaks.com

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    I was able to hunt a state site near Springfield Sunday that I had only hunted once for quail 17 years ago.
    Boy were those doves educated!
    Managed one around 3:00.
    Nothing really flew until 4:30.
    Shot 2 between 4:30 and 4:45, shot 3 between 4:45 and 5:00.
    All pass shooting as nothing wanted to land in the field until 5:00.
    I was happy to bring home 6 doves after being educated for 3 days.

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    Well, that's a bit better Copper. Have you seen/heard any pheasant sign there in Central IL?
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    Nick
    "Through license fees and excise tax on arms and gear, sportsmen contribute over $200 million per year for wildlife conservation programs" (U.S. fish and wildlife service)

    http://www.pheasantfreaks.com

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