How to Dove hunt
Here are a couple of my suggestions.....
Ive hunted many fields considered DNR "dove fields." Oddly enough only one of them has produced. With that I mean you go during prime time and the doves are all over (your chances of limiting out are good if you can shoot). Ive also hunted "dove fields" where guys are sitting and nothing is flying. When I talk to these same guys they are excited because they saw 5 doves pass within a 2 hour time. Personally, this isnt dove hunting. To me its like fishing a backwater that is inaccessible to the fish. Sure you may catch a blue gill here or there but you really should relocate to the water that holds fish. Back to the topic. I just don't think sunflowers holds a lot of birds here. I see more birds in millet and other types of grain found on private land. I wish the DNR would switch things up a bit. Ive only been on one of their properties that truly produces.
Anyways on to suggestions.
1. From experience, best days for doves flying are overcast. 2. Mornings seem better than afternoons. 3. Based on 2 know where the birds are at time. Hunt the roosts at night and have great success. Hunt the birds in a field during feeding time you have great success. Find those roosts. Youll know when you find them. Often its a dead tree and is going to be loaded with birds. Personally, Im not going to hunt there if there are 4 doves roosting. Find the place with lots of birds. 4. Best way to find birds on public or private is to check powerlines. Watch for them in mornings or afternoons. They often perch up there. 5. If you hunt a place and only see a handful its likely not you or the time you are there. THe birds are not there. Drive around and find them. Plenty to be had, you just have to find the flock.
Anyways, some suggestions that I hope help. Dove hunting can be magical when the birds are piling in. When the times are great youll be dropping them in the field and others will be decoying just as fast to the dead birds.
This year was the second time I tried dove hunting. I usually hunt alone, but in early dove season since its warm I take my daughter who is 7 so we kinda just walk and I call it dove hunting. I've gotten a couple with her.
I thought mornings would be best. I probably just need to let her sleep and try to get out early once or twice a year.
Decoys and mojos help draw in birds and both sitting and walking them up will work.