Pulling out of the camp after a light breakfast we had a real caravan I tell you what, with 16 over jealous dove hunters following our fearless leader. I was really hoping there was enough room in the field for all of us.
Upon arrival at the field, Chuck gave everyone the pep talk and explained how and what we could expect this day. Then he personally escorted my group of 4 hunters including Troy Maag, Brandon Crowley, Neil Morris and myself out to our position. We would be hunting the west side of a 40 acre cut wheat field with 8 – 10 spinning wing dove decoys set up on some sort of crazy tree looking thing. Chuck already had the decoys activated and a green lawn chair set up for each of us in the long grass found on the field edge. His final advice as he departed was- “You might want to tuck those chairs back into the taller grass a little bit but remember guys they ARE just doves” he chuckled a little bit and off he went!
In the dark we could see Chuck’s tail lights heading back to the road to pick up the next group of hunters, we all kind of looked at each other like- what in the heck are we doing out here.
Not 20 minutes later and the first barrage of guns went off down to the south of us and it was Game On! Next the guys to the north of us sounded off. Then we had our first encounter as a single dove came barreling down on Troy’s side and with a single shot we had the skunk out of the box as our partner Brandon cheerfully boasted.
It wasn’t 5 minutes later and a pair came in on Neil’s side and we had another bird down. The two dogs we had with were more excited than we were with all of the gun fire.