Dove population?

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Dove population?

Postby spots_2016 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:33 pm

Since dove season has been in I've not seen as near many as last year just won't if anyone else hasn't been seeing em
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Re: Dove population?

Postby CatFan » Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:37 pm

Same here.
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Postby KAhunter » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:27 am

Same here. been a few years of low numbers. i think it has to do with the wet summers we have been having. These intense T-storms will blow a dove nest out in a second. Hope its not a disease or something Alot of people arent seeing many doves at all.
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Re: Dove population?

Postby NCGWP » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:34 am

Seeing decent numbers around Raleigh. Whether or not they're frequenting the fields is another question.

But I think the wet summer hasn't helped. Hopefully some cold weather up north will push a few down.
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Re: Dove population?

Postby HydeMarsh » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:26 pm

Just a fraction of what I usually see.
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Re: Dove population?

Postby CatFan » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:19 am

NCGWP wrote:Seeing decent numbers around Raleigh. Whether or not they're frequenting the fields is another question.

But I think the wet summer hasn't helped. Hopefully some cold weather up north will push a few down.


oh yeah, I'm seeing quite a few in town but people get all pissy when I start shooting in my subdivision. ;)
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Re: Dove population?

Postby Shurshot » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:45 pm

From my last several years notes/statistics and what I hear from many many others, including South Carolina DNC, bird numbers are way down. Hope it’s only a cyclical thing.
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Postby quackedout » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:24 pm

From watching a couple of fields near me it seems like weve gotten a lot more doves around in the piedmont since the hurricane.
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Re: Dove population?

Postby EastBound&Down » Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:33 am

Good number of birds moved in after the storm.
Power line by the house began to fill up on Sunday and doves and geese are feeding in cut corn field behind the house. Seeing lots of big groups of doves flying together and many are holding up to 50 birds a group. Been a long time since I've seen numbers like this around the house.
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Re: Dove population?

Postby HydeMarsh » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:45 am

where exactly is that corn field?
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Postby EastBound&Down » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:15 am

In your neck of the woods
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Re: Dove population?

Postby Shurshot » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:13 pm

If you were a farmer with standing corn, you dropped what you were doing and got the combines rolling before this hurricane hit. Lot of corn was picked for this time of year so it wouldn’t surprise me to see bigger concentrations of local birds utilizing good, dry fields. Severe weather does move all types of birds around so this could very well be some new birds too. I think it’s a little early for lots of migrators but who knows.
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Re: Dove population?

Postby EastBound&Down » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:15 pm

Lots of corn left on the ground because this was a turn and burn picking the Monday before the storm hit.
This is the 3rd time in 10 years I have noticed numbers of doves moving in directly behind a hurricane or tropical storm and had a banner duck shoot right behind Matthew the other year that was one for the books.
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