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 Post subject: Dove Field
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:02 pm 
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Well it will be here before you know it ...... dove season. How'd everybody's fields fare through the heat and lack of rain.

Our Dove Proso Millet burned slap up. It was right before making seed heads too :evil: Talked to another guy and his Brown Top is fine not far from us. I'm going to take a soil sample to work and send it off, we may have another underlieing problem than lack of rain and heat.

Thus our little spot is worthless. Thinking about disking it up and planting something else in there for either a late season spot or just make it for the deer/turkey/quail.

So how'd everybody's fields turn out???


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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:33 pm 
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I tried last year and the just burnt up. :mad: Still no rain this year, so I figured whats the use. :evil: This past saturday was our first good rain since march. Maybe things are starting to look up. :smile: :smile: :smile: Good hunting to you. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:57 pm 
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Thanks cd !

It's getting time to rotate food plots to winter mixes for deer/turkey/quail ........... maybe we can get into a good summer time pattern of afternoon thunderstorms to help them out.

I noticed ya'll got rain this afternoon. Wished it would have came a little sooner, might have saved my millet :sad: .

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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:28 pm 
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391 my father inlaws came out good the proso is seeded out now the birds just need to come


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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:35 pm 
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Hey chris
I went and looked at a guys awesome field here in Edgefield today at work. He had 20 acres of Proso with about 1 acre of grain sorghum, 10 rows of field corn and 2 rows of sunflowers.

His question was "Where are the birds"??????

I told him .............. in everybodies freezer for the past years that thinks it's cool to kill a limit in the morning and then go back out and kill another limit in the evening :shock: :shock: :shock:

Sad part was I was kidding, but truely when one sits down and thinks it through, there was a lot of truth in it.

We gonna try and see if we can't make chicken salad out of chicken chit. If not then :cry:


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Hard to shoot a limit in the AM and PM when it's closed in the AM!!! LOL I like to think {if I shot more than 1 limit per day} that the extra ones you get was for the days you have to werk and can't go.. Like it you shoot 50 on Sat. that'll have you covered thru Thrusday as in 10 for Monday, tues...ect...

Need cold weather Up Norf to get more birds. Season starts to early and after 2 weekend you can't get enough people to shoot 'cause it's Buck Blast'n season...I didn't buy a Hunting permit again this year....just lost interest in it....CYA

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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:56 pm 
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I'm thinking it's only the first 3 days of the season that are closed in the AM Jo'.

Ya'll ought to see all the birds on the 2 major powerlines that cut my backyard. I counted 58 just on 2 strands and there were about 6-8 more stands to count, not to mention the ones farther away had more birds than the 2 I did count.

Maybe we can luck up and find a place to plant down here next year.


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Get "A-Holt" of the county Extension Agent.....if you can get him off the Farmers Daughter he may be able to help you find a feild! LOL

If you see a dove land and then you shoot it...that's "Post-Flight"

You look around and see one sitt'n on a limb and shoot it that's "Pre-Flight"...CYA

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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:35 am 
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391, I got a question for you. We plant a field for all 3 dove seasons every year and always have pretty good success and we do it legally. Most everybody in the field get a limit or close to it. We have birds but, not like we used to back in the old days when everybody could go out and broadcast wheat. My question is why are there less birds now than back then, because there is a whole lot less fields now that you actually have to work to make a field. By the way we killed 97 on labor day w/ 8 guns in the field. We shot from 3 to 5 and then let them come on in and feed before dark. Oh yeah, who writes a good book on lab training.


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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:09 pm 
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Hey Big E,

That question is a very good one. It's one that I've been asking a lot of the DNR biologists and Clemson Wildlife Professors. I wished I had a answer to give you ..... mainly b/c I want to know too. I have noticed too that the Mourning Doves are getting smaller and smaller every year. I know they are always smaller this time of year but it just seems there are more young birds. A lot of people are seeing more and more Euasian Collared Dove in SC ...... I know I see them every afternoon in my backyard. They are bigger, slower flying, and can easily be identified in flight by their 'blocked off' tip of the tail.

As far as a great lab training book ....... it really depends on your current level of training knowledge. It's kinda like you wouldn't give a beginning fisherman a book wrote by Rick Clunn ...... it might be too indepth for them. At the same time you wouldn't give NUTMAN a instructional book by Bill Dance either ......... know what I'm saying?????

For entry level, I like 'Waterdog', '10 Minute Retriever', and 'Training Retrievers for Marshes and Meadows'. 'Waterdog' is a old book, it really started alot of the movement we have today, it was truely a book before it's time. '10 Minute Retriever' is a great book for anybody that wants a good hunting dog but does not have a lot of time, many people still look back into it today after reading it as a reference. 'Marshes & Meadows', I have not read it ( to be truthful) but a good friend of mine swears by it.

If you want a little more advanced book, I like the Smart Work Series by Evan Graham ( 'Smartwork for Retrievers', 'Smart Fetch', and 'Smartwork II' in that order) or the 'Tri-Tronics Retriever Training Book'. Evan's books are VERY VERY INDEPTH in dog philosophy and thought patterns. If you think you understand 'dog' ...... read his books ! ! ! ! Very humbling for majority of people. THe funny thing about most writers is they have a few 'wonder dogs' and write a book ........ Evan's plans work for everybody that exacute them properly. Also the 'Tri-Tronics' book is every good, especially if you plan on useing a e-collar. I find myself referencing out of this book often.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
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Thanks for the help.


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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
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wHOAA!! 391 DID YOU SAY WORK? Where u werkin?

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 Post subject: Re: Dove Field
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:22 pm 
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Let's just say they call it work, but to me it's more like play. :mrgreen:

Easiest and funniest job I ever had ........ and it's the most money I ever made too :lol:

I'll PM ya since my email address for you ain't working, it must be an old one.


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