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).
- Camo ( khaki is not camo)
- Water for Gem
- Back Pack
- Chap stick
- Insect Repellent
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.
No it’s not deer hunting, but there’s a lot to be said about the fun of dove hunting.