The Basics: 8 Dove Hunting Tips You Should Know

The Basics: 8 Dove Hunting Tips You Should Know

8 Dove Hunting Basics

You may be a seasoned pro or a beginner, but it’s important for every hunter to know the do’s and don’ts of dove hunting. So in honor of the new dove season, let’s go over 8 dove hunting basics!

Improve your skills with these 8 dove hunting tips!

Whether you’re a season pro or just starting out, here are 8 dove hunting tips you should know!

1. Stand Up-While some hunters can shoot without leaving their seats, it’s a good practice to stand up to shoot. Standing encourages better balance and footwork.

2. Footwork-Speaking of footwork, you should keep your weight slightly on your front foot, or at least evenly dispersed (50/50). If you’re feet are too close together, you tend to roll your shoulders. Too far apart and you can come out of the gun.

3. Let Them Get Close-To make shots in the field easier, get close to the dove and remain quiet to avoid spooking them. Keep your head down and sit still to allow the birds to come into close range.

4. Match Speeds-Gun speed and bird speed should be the same for crossing targets. If a target is flying at 25 mph, then your gun should be moving no faster than 26 mph. Match the speeds, be in front, and shoot!

5. Swing-Through Method-To hit high incomers, practice the swing-through method. Mount behind the bird, pass its rear, belly and beak, then pull the trigger right when the barrel blocks your line of sight (without stopping the gun).

6. Always Be In Front-Mount your gun out in front and stay there. Look at the barrel while measuring the lead, in order to develop enough barrel awareness to know the gun is in front of the bird. Always miss in front, and you’ll never be behind.

7. Practice Makes Perfect-Yep, the old saying even reigns true in dove hunting. Seasoned pro or not, everyone is better with practice! Go to a local shooting range and practice shooting targets while starting with a low gun. It’s better to try out new techniques while at the range than in the field.

8. Time It Right-Be strategic about the time you choose to dove hunt. The best time is when the birds are flying between roosting and feeding areas. This is usually between 8 and 10 in the morning and 5:30 to 7 in the evening.

So there you have it. 8 tips any dove hunter can use to improve their skills and become a better hunter. Try them out this weekend! And if you’re needing more tips, give us a call or stop by. We’re happy to help!

Have some tips of your own you’d like to share? Comment them below, we’d love to hear from you.


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