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Rookie Dove Hunter
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Al    Posted 12-02-2003 at 16:37:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My buddies have finally talked me into going on my first hunting adventure (Dove) with them here in Texas. I'm clueless on manners, tips, etc. All replys and info are greatly appreciated. All I know is that I have to pick up a 12 gauge shot gun. Other than that, I'm clueless. Also, where can I get some practice shots in? I live in the Houston area. Thanks again...

Salmoneye    Posted 12-03-2003 at 13:03:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

These guys can tell you where to get some practice in and hepl in weapon selection...

Seeing as you will soon be collecting many guns and needing more advice...Trust me...You will be addicted...

BB    Posted 12-03-2003 at 10:13:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hope you are talking about next year. Unless they have opened a special season I am not aware of, dove season closed the end of October and does not open until next Sept. 1.

TimV    Posted 12-02-2003 at 19:26:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Al: Any local gun club might have a trap range. Many gun clubs have quite reasonable memberships (the going rate around here (Nothern NY) is less than $20 a year), so you might look at joining a club, or at least going as a guest and shooting a couple of rounds. A box of clay pigeons and a couple boxes of shells won't run more than $15 at Wally World or a similar store--buy a few and blast away! As far as manners, the usual routine is for guys to take the birds "on their side"--if a bird's coming from the left, the guy on the left shoots, and vice-versa. Of course, if they miss, it's fair game to "wipe their eye" and shoot the bird yourself! However, you might inquire first--different people have different rules, and it's wise to play along if you want to be invited again. Other than that, basic gun safety is a MUST, and cocktail hour comes after the guns are put up.

Juliana    Posted 12-02-2003 at 16:51:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't shoot your buddies! :-)

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