Best places to hunt doves ?

Forums Hunting Best places to hunt doves ?

  • Views : 754
  • Link

    spikes98
    Participant
    Member

    Hey sorry guys i promise il shut-up eventually just so excited to own my first PCP and i just want to  have a  Blast with it 
    So im hunting 
    Squrriles
    Rabbits 
    starlings 
    sparrows  ————-
    I want to hunt Doves as well  and eat them what are the best places to hunt these birds  i have a excellent location for hunting sparrows  during the winter  monthes 
    inside a  opened spot in a woods across the road   iv just now been kinda studying the birds i can eat  so wondering where best places are to hunt Note  i live in Northern Indiana so  we have a ton of Ag land  and a few small patches of woods here and there and a lotta ditches with tree lines if that helps any ?

    Link

    spikes98
    Participant
    Member

    Acutally never mind  that we cant hunt doves with a air rifle in Indiana :(

    Link

    JohnL57
    Participant
    Member

    Glad you’re excited-PCPs were definitely a game changer for me!
    As far as dove hunting, first make sure it’s legal to take the Mourning doves with an airgun (it’s not in California). The two most common doves aside from pigeons are Mourning doves and Eurasian collared doves. The Collared doves are seen around ag and urban areas and are considered invasive pests. In some places there’s no limit and season is open all year. The native Mourning doves will be around ag operations as well such as feed lots, pastures and grain stubble. All doves need to drink so look near water, especially morning and evening. As in any kind of hunting, grab a pair of binoculars, put on your walking shoes and get out there! Pay attention to places that hold game and note the times of day they’re usually around, can’t really get more specific than that.

    PS-a rangefinder is huge help as judging distance can be tricky, make sure you know your trajectory so you can place your shots well. Avoid the bend of the wing, it acts like a kevlar vest. A bird with a broken wing will dive into cover and be very difficult to retrieve.
    Shoot safe,
    John

    Link

    badammo
    Participant
    Member

    You can’t even hunt the eurasian collared doves? blasted thing are all over my area in eastern washington. My neighbour and I have an informal contest to see who can get the most.

    Link

    T3PRanch
    Participant
    Member

    Season for Eurasian Collared dove in Indiana is year round for residents. I think if you talk to a Game Warden you may find that in the case of the Eurasian Dove you can hunt with a air rifle. Pigeons too I would bet. Hunt them near grain storage or harvesting areas for best meat. 

    Thurmond

    Link

    JohnL57
    Participant
    Member

    I like to filet the breast, rub with olive oil, salt and pepper both sides. Cook on a very slow fire, you know it’s right if it takes 15-20 minutes to cook.

    Link

    spikes98
    Participant
    Member

    I have to check with our DNR  about  hunting the Collard doves with a Air-rifle should be abel to  have to check to be sure tho 
    thanks  everybody for the information  :)  YUM looks good John  can i come over  ? :)

    Link

    NMshooter
    Participant
    Member

    Spikes,
    It’s been about 6 years since I have lived in Indiana, not sure if the Collared Doves have made it that far north in the Midwest yet. As of 2008, I had never seen a collared dove in Northern Indiana and I have done a lot of dove hunting there.

    Link

    spikes98
    Participant
    Member

    Actually looked on DNR and they said there not commonly found in Indiana so no Indiana realy sucks  for   hunting 
    worst state in the USA nothing but Ag feilds and few small woods here and there HATE IT!!!    i want to move lol 
    killed a few sparrows this morning   loving this PCP   tried to  get a chipmunk but man those things  are so skinny  and  my crappy scope zoom sucks 
    cant wait to put my b a 4-12 on it tonight that my brother is letting me use

    Link

    NMshooter
    Participant
    Member

    There are alot of Silos with pigeons on them in Indiana. I would be checking with farmers seeing if they needed help getting rid of all the pest pooping in their grain bins. Also alot of starlings, one of Ted’s favorite targets. Although I have never hunted them, I believe you can hunt ground hogs with an air rifle as well.
    It does suck that you can’t shoot mourning doves with an air rifle and it is highly likely that the law will not change. Migratory birds are regulated at the Federal level so I believe it would take an act of congress to change the law. Not very likely.

    Link

    NMshooter
    Participant
    Member

    Squirrel season opens up this month. I used to hunt a farm down near Willow Slough for the large Fox squirrels. There a few animals in Indiana to keep you busy!

    Link

    JDShapp
    Participant
    Member

    Squirrel season starts in the 15th of August. After that its a month or two before rabbit season opens. I’m pretty sure I’ve see collared doves in the south along the Ohio river. Not many, but worth taking down if you do pest control for a farm or two.

Viewing 12 posts - 1 through 12 (of 12 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.