I will try to post pictures later. I have never posted pics to a site before.
Two of us joined a throng of others at the James A. Reed Wildlife Area in western Missouri for the dove opener. It was a little like those fishing pictures of people shoulder to shoulder, except we had about 20 yards between groups. Not really my thing, but I have never gone to a dove opener at a public place before.
The fields are freshly harvested sunflowers, millet and wheat, with lots of waste grain. If I wasn’t on a managed state wildlife area, I would consider it baiting. Basically, a dove smorgasbord.
Fifteen minutes into the season, a serious thunderstorm opened up. We double timed it back to the truck to get out of the lightning, as did most. We only had three in the bag at that time. And now we were soaked. We stayed under cover for about an hour.
We ended up with 24 doves, 12 bird limits for each of us, but it took most of the afternoon to accomplish this and it was no easy feat. Hunters are supposed to stay at field edges, but the more aggressive work their way back behind people to try to get the first shot. The unfortunate result is a lot of lost birds because the cover beyond the fields is extremely dense to say the least.
So here I am, back in the office with a sore shoulder. The menu for lunch Saturday? Doves on the grill.