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AZMike #554272 09/05/19 08:45 AM
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Man I hate that, when the caterer can't get the quiche to the fields! Or not even the fried rattler!

AZMike #554279 09/05/19 09:42 AM
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My new dog is fast too! As far as a caterer you cant go wrong with a borrowed smoker and some boston butts

AZMike #554284 09/05/19 10:48 AM
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Not my show, glad to be asked. Usually has blue crab lump meat crab cakes and beef tenderloin, etc. He has a party after the shoot with non hunters invited. Wait staff in black tie. This is no rough and tumble event on the most beautiful place in the county with field next to the family home. Blocked corn and sunflowers with clean ground. Not my usual haunts

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Geo and I are on the way!

AZMike #554288 09/05/19 11:12 AM
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Glad many have already dodged the hurricane. Hope the rest do as well.

Dove season has been interesting for me. I have three different locations that I manage for dove. Each about 15-20 miles apart. Opening day was spent at the one with the least birds. Maybe 2-300. From the first minute you knew things were going to he difficult. They hated Mojos from the start. Flared at the sight of them. Every bird we saw was a mature bird. All left over from last year it seems. Must have had several failed hatches. Four of us got our limits but they made us earn it. I even enjoyed it.

Second day of as at another location. Typical early season with slow, dumb, easy birds. Ten shooters got almost ten full limits in two hours. The one fellow would need a lot more ammo to limit out but I have a strict limit on shells you get to take and shoot. These fields will hold birds if you don’t burn them out. Corn is a full month away from harvest.

Third day was just a quick scouting for Saturday. I was the only person there and took a limit after letting 90% of the birds feed for the day. Saturday should be great. Got checked by a game warden which is a rarely here. He told me a state managed field about five miles from my first day hunt was a total disaster. Where they normally kill 800-1,000 birds at two locations they killed 143 total birds opening day. So I think my suspicion that we had a local hatch failure might be the most likely cause.

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Surprisingly good season in Central IL so far. 3 days hunted, 3 limits on the ground. I did not have high hopes as we had an extremely wet spring, with some farmers not getting their crops in until mid-June. In a normal year corn starts going in the ground about mid-April. Lots of the state managed places did not get their flowers planted at all. Some went with millet due to shorter maturity, some just chopped the native foxtail and other weeds.

High percentage of young birds in the bag. Again surprising due to wet Spring.


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AZMike #554377 09/06/19 04:38 PM
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The opener here tomorrow afternoon is now forecast to be 100 degrees. Now that will encourage good shooting, so you can get off the field and into some shade, if anything will!!!

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Have a great time Stan.
Shoot straight, finish early.


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AZMike #554384 09/06/19 07:20 PM
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Sixty dove season openers. Some have been bear caught hot, some wet with a hurricane blowing through nearby, a very few blessed with a freak cold front and comfort. I'll miss it some year, but it won't be this one...Geo

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A 100 degree afternoon on the dove field is better than none a 'tall. Can't wait.

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