South Texas Dove Hunting Tips
September is just around the corner, and that signals the kick-off of hunting season for many Texas outdoorsmen. With Dove season only weeks away, Double T Outfitters wanted to share some of our great South Texas Dove Hunting tips to help prepare you for the upcoming season.
Wingshooting requires excellent shooting skills, so our first tip is to practice skeet or trap shooting before your hunt. This will help sharpen your skills for small moving targets, especially if it's been a year since you hunted birds.
If at all possible, become comfortable with the area you plan to hunt. Early scouting can help you discover daily patterns for the birds. Focus near tree lines, water holes, fields, and such areas where dove roost and feed throughout the day. The birds eat seeds and grains from wheat, sunflower, millet and other similar crops. Dove are also likely to be near water close to dawn and dusk before returning to their roost. If you are not able scout the region beforehand, then be sure to listen and rely on your guide. Professional hunting guides have spent months scouting and know the area well.
Bring the proper gear on your hunt. Necessary equipment includes using the right weapon and ammunition. We recommend a 12, 20 or 28 gauge shotgun and 7 ½ shot high brass shells for automatics in order for less jamming. Make sure to bring enough ammunition as you may go through many boxes quickly. Extra ammunition is available at Oasis Outback in Uvalde, or other sporting goods stores in your local area. Don't forget to pack plenty of sunscreen and water for those hot afternoons!
Try to blend in with the surroundings as much as possible. Wear camouflage that matches the terrain and region. Vented back shooting shirts are popular options to keep you cooler in the Texas heat. If you use decoys near your hunting area, but be careful to place them facing into the wind as that is natural behavior for live birds taking off and landing.
While actually hunting, once a bird is shot, keep your eyes on the down bird, no matter how tempted you are by others flying overhead. Go straight to the spot and collect your harvested bird before returning your eyes upward at other targets.
Dove hunting can be tricky. Birds may be thick one day and then gone the next. Just when a few fields are lined up and ready to hunt, a good rain storm can scatter dove from one county to the next. Be patient, because if one day is slow, the next may not be.
Do you have any great South Texas Dove Hunting Tips? We'd love to hear how you prepare for this season.
If you have not secured your South Texas dove hunt this season, contact Double T Outfitters as soon as possible. We have a few dates remaining, and we would love to help book an amazing wingshoot. Contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 210-413-1597 for more information.