2020 Dove Season


my mama says I'm special
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Feb 1, 2010
Shot a big one yesterday afternoon at about 20 yards flying directly away from me.

What size shot and choke are y'all using??

Modified and Steel 6 here. Seems to be working better than lead in 7.5 or 8 for me
I generally use 8 or 7 1/2.

Got a eurasian collared dove yesterday. Haven't seen too many of them around here though.
Those things are all over DFW. I could limit out at my backyard bird feeder.


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Mar 10, 2017
I generally use 8 or 7 1/2.

Those things are all over DFW. I could limit out at my backyard bird feeder.
I have two really big collared doves that are always at the feeder in my front yard. My wife loves them so I leave them be. They make mourning doves look like chickadees.


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Mar 19, 2008
Kerr County
I thought there was a 3 shot max. capacity for guns for dove? (Has that changed? I haven't been dove hunting in many years.)

Disregard! I misinterpreted the "8" shot mention. You guys were talking about no. 8 shot (reference size). I was thinking magazine capacity. Duh! :green:


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May 9, 2013
Not as far West as I once was
Dove are fragile. Hit them with 2 or 3 pellets and they fall. The key is to hit them solidly and not in the tailfeathers. LOL
While I agree with this statement usually, on Saturday I witnessed a dove take 7 shots to hit the ground. Now I'm not saying all 7 shots hit him, but I saw feathers from 2 of my 3 shots, and 1 shot each from the other 2 guys that were shooting at it. My first shot stopped it's forward progression, then it started flapping again and trying to fly again, then I shot again and saw the feathers fly, then my son shot, then another guy shot and I saw feathers fly again, then my son shot again and feathers flew, then the other guy shot again, and then I delivered my 3rd shot and feathers flew again and he fell to the ground. Thought about not even going to find the bird since it should have been totally destroyed, but it wasn't really that bad.

I know this sounds like a tall tale, but it actually happened, and there were witnesses to this event.


Old Guy "Have Gun; Won't Travel !"
Mar 28, 2013
Saint Martinville, LA
White wings 2020

Just got back from RGV.

Three hunts, 6 birds.

Rained out, plenty mosquitoes, MUD, a big mess. Shoulda stayed @ Hell Campo.

New Lab did OK for his first real hunt.

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