GUN NOVEMBER MOURNINGS
You’re making a mistake if you store your dove gun on Labor Day. The overwhelming majority of dove hunting pressure occurs during the first two weeks in September, but dove seasons are frequently open throughout fall, and some of the best shooting happens from late November into the first week of December. Cold fronts move migrating doves, same as ducks, and this time of year they’re easy to find around cut corn and milo fields.
It can be tough talking enough buddies out of their treestands for a proper shoot on a large field, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still bag a mess of birds by yourself. Look for smaller cut fields with lots of leftover stubble and waste grain, and plenty of big trees around the edges. I seem to see the most late-season doves on high-pressure, bluebird days following a front—and when you flush a few birds while scouting, you usually flush a bunch. Tuck into nearby edge cover and wear full camouflage; far too many hunters underestimate a dove’s eyesight. Stake a couple of spinning-wing dove decoys 15 to 20 yards out in the field, and try to keep your gun loaded. These typically aren’t the all-day, highvolume shoots of September, but the action can be intense for an hour or two. If the birds quit flying before you fill your limit, pick up, scout another field, and do it all over again.