Its that time again……hunting season!

737386_535094506508343_1222068864_oOh you thought I meant deer season.  Oh no for me the excitement begins Labor day.

I didn’t grow up hunting.  But I have always like to shoot the shotgun. As a kid, we went to turkey shoots and shot skeet.  But my family didn’t hunt, so I had very little exposure to hunting of any kind.  That all changed about 13 years ago when I went on my first dove shoot and I have been hooked ever since.

Once I was bitten by the bug,  I bought myself a little 20 ga Remington 1100.  The sweetest shooting little gun there is, which I still use in the early season.  I joined a dove club, a few years later I bought a benelli 12 ga M2  and then a several years later I got a dog.

Once I added Gem (my sweet female black lab) to the mix, it changed the game and added a whole new dimension to the hunt.  As Emeril Lagasse says, it kicked it up a notch.  Now I still get excited about the beginning of a new season, but I don’t have the “red-eye” as much as I used to.  Now I pick my shots a little better and I am more concerned for Gem if she doesn’t get any birds that day.  My only regret is that I didn’t start hunting earlier in life.

Below is a personal check list that I have compiled of necessary items that I  carry on my dove shoots. (Don’t wear mirrored sun glasses, they flare the birds).

  • Shells
  • Stool
  • Boots
  • Camo ( khaki is not camo)
  • License
  • Water for Gem
  • Back Pack
  • Chap stick
  • Leash
  • Insect Repellent
  • Gun
  • Sunscreen

Dove hunting is very social and there is team work at play in the field.  Between yelling”mark” or “bird” to let your fellow hunters know that a bird has flown into the field. To helping a hunter find a downed bird, there is a sense of camaraderie in the field.  Not to mention the accolades for a good shot.

Gem and her prize.

Gem and her prize.

No it’s not deer hunting, but there’s a lot to be said about the fun of dove hunting.


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