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Hey, I'll bust a pigeon just as fast as a dove!

Have you figured out where you will hunt opening day?
 

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I do eat dove, but usually cook up the pigeons for the dogs. Pigeons are usually kind of spooky and tend to stay around the barns where they are off limits, but will come to a dove decoy sometimes.

Probably a local dairy farm or a local cattle farm, depending on what I see by then. I keep hoping to see some concentrations! :shock:
 

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Well, the 2012 Dove season turned out to be a complete bust. Probably the worst season in 4 years. I can only hope and pray that 2013 turns out a little better.

Do any of you MO hunters have any opinion regarding the season times and length? I think it would be a far better season, at least in the Ozarks, if the season were split, like they do in some other states. I'd like to see the season open for 15 days on Sep 1, then close for 2 weeks, then open again for another 15 days, close for another two weeks, then open again for another 15 day season.

I sincerely believe that would give us a far better opportunity for some of the migrating birds from the north. It seems like all the birds we see are locals.

What do you think?
 

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You lost me on that one. Why are you not hunting the migrating birds from the north as you say now? Doesnt our season run from Sept 1st. until early Nov. How would a split season make it better if you can hunt them now. They are either here or they arent...I always hunt them. They have been some of my very best hunts after opening day.....
 

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L Sidener said:
You lost me on that one. Why are you not hunting the migrating birds from the north as you say now? Doesnt our season run from Sept 1st. until early Nov. How would a split season make it better if you can hunt them now. They are either here or they arent...I always hunt them. They have been some of my very best hunts after opening day.....
I saw a lot of migrating birds here in late November and December. They stopped, rested up and then flew on to Texas, where they have a split season and can hunt all the way into Jan.
 

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Weather here in south La. made for a terrible dove season overall. We have 3 splits here and third split in middle Dec. brought a bunch migrating birds into the farm. Had a really good shoot came out early so birds could feed and rest. Was going to hunt again later in week-cold front blew in-doves blew out. Here it is Jan with the season over on Jan 7 and have not seen more than a dozen birds on the wire here at the farm on any given day in the last 10-12 days.
 

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Dove season can't get here soon enough and leave the season as is.
 

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Only 29 more days!!!!!!
 

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Claycomo -
I too am looking forward to the season. I'll probably spend opening day out at a dairy farm where a good friend lets me shoot. I sincerely hope for a better year this year.
 

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Bruce - I have a similar plan this year and had similar results last year! Went by the dairy farm that I will probably hunt and did not see any corn cut yet, hope that happens in the next couple of weeks. Farmer was out haying at another location so I did not get to speak with him. No sunflowers to be found either except for a couple of pay to play places that are private and apparently they have been drawing all the young birds away from us the past couple of years. The guy that I hunt with has been having some medical issues recently and may not be able to hunt the dove opener so I am still looking for options and hoping for the best also. :)
 

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huntinmo -

I have not had the opportunity to talk to my friend yet either. Hopefully, he will have cut quite a bit by this time, but I'm not holding my breath. We had a cold, wet spring and I doubt if they got much planted early.

Where are you located? We might be able to link up for a hunt some time.
 

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I live in Barnhart, about 30 miles south of St. Louis on I-55, and for the past few years have been hunting mostly locally for doves. Getting harder each year to justify the cost of gas to travel much, but used to hunt in the Sikeston and Malden areas when I had a friend who was well acquainted in that area, but he is no longer there and I have not been there in several years. I do travel to West Plains now and then to visit wife's family, but have not been in that area during dove season.
 

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I think we would be a little too far apart to try to set something up. Good luck this year.
 

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Well, opening day has come and gone, and I had the best opening day I've had in 3 years, getting my limit early in the day. A good friend invited me to shoot on private land and we had a superb day. Hope this holds up for the rest of the season!
 

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Opening day just 8 days
 

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Clay -

Yup, and I still have not figured out where I'm going to shoot!
 

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Looks like storms and rain here opening morning ,maybe get out in the afternoon I hope!
 

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Possible storms and rain in the PM here. I'm shooting at a friends dairy farm. He has been cutting corn for about a week and I'm hopeful the doves have found the field!

Good luck and send some of your birds down our way.
 

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All the corn has been cut on my farm and the hunting club lands. I am looking forward to spending the day with my two sons, blowing holes in the sky. Maybe a dove or 2 will intercept the shot. If not, I will enjoy a day with the boys. BTW, when I sold the farm, I maintained the hunting rights in perpetuity. As long as I live, I will have a place to hunt.

The club has over 8,000 acres and the farm has 240 acres of prime hunting lands. Though the club owner has gone up a bit on the lease from last year on the club lands, we will pay it just to have a place to hunt. He was charging $5 an acre, now $6 an acre. All the club members chip in and it doesn't hurt too much financially. I don't charge anyone to hunt on my place but the club does have a small daily fee.

I was planning to go to the hunting preserve but they charge $80 a day. Yet, they have hundreds of acres of sunflowers and swarms of doves. I think I will hunt my land and not have to put up with the crowds.
 
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