Mourning Dove Hunting - Current Conditions and News

 

This page is set up to let our clients know what is currently taking place as far as dove hunting conditions on our properties and to inform you of up and coming events as well as any related news.

We will try to update this page as conditions change such as if we have wet or dry conditions as well as how the season is progressing.

We have it arranged so that the most recent entry is located on top of the list. The entries are dated as they are posted.

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11-30-10 Dove season "Third Phase" shoots will begin on Sunday the 12th of December. It looks like some migratory birds have finally arrived in South Florida.

11-15-10 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Both weekend shoots were great. Everyone had a good time. Hunters shot a bunch and missed a bunch more. Some hunters shot limits in an hour. Sunday's field seemed to have a few more birds coming in more consistantly.

28 shooters for the weekend, average 8-9 birds per hunter.

10-25-10 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Both weekend shoots were GOOD. Larger number of birds than the previous shoot due to the break. The only issue was not enough hunters to keep the birds moving on the Saturday shoot due to the size of the field.

This weekend concludes the first phase. Our next shoots will be the opening of second phase on Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th.

Hopefully, we will have a couple cold fronts and some migration started.

10-11-10 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Both weekend shoots were slow. Much lower number of birds than the previous weekend. We had shooters limit out on both fields but also had some shooters hardly shooting at all. It really depended on which end of the field you were located on both fields.

Due to this we are going to give the birds a break and give them time to re-group. We won't be shooting doves this coming weekend (the 16th and 17th of October). Our next shoots will be the 23rd and 24th of October which is the last weekend of the first phase.

10-04-10 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Opening weekend was excellent. The weather was excellent. The BBQ was excellent and everything went smooth. The field conditions were excellent.

Saturday's shoot was excellent. We had 37 clients attending the shoot. We had shooters ranging from a single box of shells to achieve their limit to as many as seven boxes and not completing their limit. High numbers of birds. Fifty acre field.

Sunday's shoot was great as well. We had 13 clients attending the shoot. We had several shooters limit in two hours on the field to some with only eight or nine birds. Medium numbers of birds. Thirty acre field.

Total for weekend: 50 hunters.

09-09-2010 Dove season is coming up fast. Our dove fields look excellent. We have both Saturday and Sunday fields. We have Wednesday fields but are still working out the details. Here is a few recent photos of the fields:

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We are now taking reservations for non-members for the opening weekend shoots. If you have an interest in participating in opening weekend shoots, please contact us to make reservations.

06-30-10 Dove season is just around the corner.
We are working on the fields and everything is on schedule. We will start taking reservations around mid-September. We still have a few memberships available.
We have updated our dove shoot dates link. You can access this by clicking on the following link: Mourning Dove Hunting Season Dates
Additional information concerning the hunts can be accessed at the following link: About Mourning Dove Hunting
For the first year in the last four years our largest dove field will have pumps on it to handle the excess rain. This should help out for the October shoots when everything is very wet.

Once the fields are in we will update with pictures and info.

08-06-09 Dove season will be here soon. The dove fields are in excellent condition. We will begin taking reservations starting Monday, September 14th starting with our members (followed by non-members) for the opening weekend of Saturday-October 3rd, Sunday-October 4th and Wednesday-October 7th. If the hurricanes and the tropical depressions will leave us alone we should have a great opening. I have included a couple of photo's of one of our three 35 acre fields.

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08-04-09 Dove season is just around the corner. The state has set the proposed season dates at this link: 2009-2010 STATE Dove Season Dates

We have six fields of various sizes this season. We should (weather permitting) be able to handle over 100 shooters per week. The fields are almost planted and everything is on schedule. We will start taking reservations around mid-September. We have sold all of our memberships for this season.

We have updated our dove shoot dates page. You can access this by clicking on the following link: Everglades Adventures-2009 Dove Season Dates

Additional information concerning the hunts can be accessed at the following link: Dove Hunting-South Florida Dove Hunting-Large millet fields

Here are some recent photo's of a couple of the fields. We have millet which is headed for pre-season seed (some of it six feet tall) and some which is young for actual season seed. We still have one more planting for second and third phase seed to finish.

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01-21-09 Dove season finished up excellent. Third phase shoots were all good to excellent. Most clients had the opportunity to shoot limits. The birds seem to come to our area in good numbers late in the season.

11-18-08 Second phase started out excellent with both Saturday and Sunday shoots being excellent. The migratory birds have arrived. We will only shoot on Sunday's for dove for the remaining of the season. We have flooded several of the fields now for waterfowl and only have room for about 24 people for the Sunday afternoon shoot on two of the remaining fields. We will be offering combination duck in the morning and dove in the afternoon to fill out the days.

11-03-08 Sorry for the delay in updating. We have been very busy with hunts and preparation for waterfowl season.

The first phase of dove season was not what was expected. The weather was too wet during October in our area to get the fields in condition for the birds to cooperate and were basically hit or miss. We only had a couple of really good shoots, a few good shoots and a couple not so good shoots.

Second phase begins on November 15th and ends on the 30th. We will be shooting on Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th and then only on Sundays the remainder of the season. We are combining our Saturday and Wednesday fields for Saturday the 15th. We will be flooding the Sunday areas for waterfowl after the opening weekend so we will be changing the shooting of the Saturday areas to Sunday afternoons in order to offer combination shoots for ducks in the morning and dove in the afternoon.

We now have great weather and the migratory birds are coming in in fair numbers. The numbers should be excellent by the 15th.

10-15-08 Sorry for the delay in updating.

Last Wednesday's shoot was good. Today's shoot should be much better. The weather is much better now for dove hunting. The numbers of birds are increasing daily.

Last Saturday's shoot was not good. We refunded our shooters money. Our Saturday fields bird count is terrible and currently we are not shooting on Saturday's. This field is a lower field and even with a pump throwing off the rain water the ground is still damp. The millet is excellent so if we can get it to completely dry out to be mowed again it could become an excellent field in second phase.

Last Sundays shoot was the best so far. The shoot was not an excellent shoot but about 30% of the shooters achieved their limits. The field had pretty good numbers of birds. This Sunday should be even better. The bird count is getting up there on this field. I watched several flights of 25-30 birds entering the field last night. This field has about eight years of age on it so it is usually a really good field regardless. The field is the good and dry now and the birds are finding the mowed millet. Looked like a couple of the flights could of been migratory due to the numbers of birds. Most all the birds harvested so far are only local young birds. No migratory birds harvested as of yet.

10-07-08 Dove season article in the Fort Myers News-Press.

10-06-08 Dove season opened with a washout on Saturday and a decent shoot on Sunday.

Saturday's shoot was a total washout with it raining non-stop for four hours from 2pm until 6pm. Some hunters shot a limit of birds during the rain, some shooting a couple boxes, some only fired their guns a few times, but as a whole the shoot was basically a washout.

Sunday's shoot started out excellent with some good numbers of birds coming into the fields until the sky fell out for an hour and dropped over an inch of rain interrupting the pattern of the birds. Again, we had on one end of the field hunters shooting their limits, others shooting three boxes of shells trying and others having a not so great shoot.

If it didn't rain, both shoots would have been excellent. We had lots of bird pre-shoot.

Wednesday's shoot is sold out but we do have room for both shoots next weekend.

09-15-08 Dove season is just about here. The dove fields are in excellent condition. We already have considerable numbers of birds. We will begin taking reservations next Monday the 22nd starting with our members (followed by non-members) for the opening weekend of Saturday-October 4th, Sunday-October 5th and Wednesday-October 8th. If the hurricanes and the tropical depressions will leave us alone we should have a great opening.

08-19-08 Dove season is just around the corner. The state has set the proposed season dates at this link: 2008-2009 STATE Dove Season Dates

We have six fields of various sizes this season. We should (weather permitting) be able to handle over 100 shooters per week. The fields are all planted and everything is on schedule. We will start taking reservations around mid-September. We have sold all of our memberships for this season.

We have updated our dove shoot dates link. You can access this by clicking on the following link: Everglades Adventures-2008 Dove Season Dates

Additional information concerning the hunts can be accessed at the following link: Dove Hunting-South Florida Dove Hunting-Large millet fields

07-20-08 Dove season is just around the corner. We are currently planting all of the fields utilized for our dove and duck hunts. Everything is on schedule.

05-11-08 Dove season is set to open Saturday, October 4th. We are currently selling our memberships for next season. All of our past seasons members have first right to renew until June 1st. After June 1st we will sell any remaining memberships to interested parties. Please contact Rita to be placed on our list.

We are currently preparing all of the fields for planting.

01-31-08 Dove season is now over until the first weekend in October. Our 2007-08 season started out with a bang but slowly faded away. The numbers of birds just dropped off to a point we stopped shooting. The migratory birds didn't arrive in numbers until January.

Next year we are only going to be shooting the first and second phases of season. This works out to around six weeks of shooting. Once our waterfowl season starts (the weekend before thanksgiving) the demand is no longer there for the doves. Basically, everyone shifts to duck hunting mode.

There will be a price increase for next season. We currently have not figured out how much of an increase, but our costs are increasing for leasing the property, fuel, fertilizer, seed, tractor rental, labor, herbicide, insurance, etc. I can remember when a bag of Japanese millet was eight dollars a bag. Currently it's twenty-eight. Our dove and duck seed order this season will be over 8,000.00. Chufa is currently over 4,000.00 per ton (two dollars a pound plus shipping).

We will update this page as soon a we have a complete plan.

11-26-07 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Saturday's shoot was fair. Low hunter turnout limited the shooting as the distance between hunters was too great. The complaints were the birds were too far to shoot.

The fields produced the following results:

8 hunters shot 213 rounds and harvested 37 birds. This averages out to 26.62 rounds per-hunter and 4.6 birds per-hunter and 8.52 boxes of ammo total and 5.75 rounds per bird.

Opening of third phase is on Saturday, December 8th. This shoot should be excellent as all of the opening weekends this year have been.

11-20-07 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Saturday's shoot was good. It was not quite as good as last Saturday (opening of second phase) but still a good hunt. The birds this week were mostly migratory.

The fields produced the following results:

21 hunters shot 740 rounds and harvested 132 birds. This averages out to 35.23 rounds per- hunter and 6.2 birds per-hunter and 29.6 boxes of ammo total and 5.60 rounds per bird.

Based on the information we have been gathering on our dove shoots for this season we have noticed the following:

The average number of shots required for a dove shooter to harvest a bird is around six.

This requires the average hunter to have 72 opportunities to achieve their limit. This is three boxes of shells. This would require a 20 person dove shoot to have 1500 targets to achieve their 240 bird limit. If you take into consideration several hunters sometimes shoot at the same bird without success, it would still seem necessary to have over a thousand birds feeding on a field for twenty hunters to have the required results.

On 10-07 we held a shoot with the following results:

Sunday's shoot was excellent. The fields produced the following results:

44 hunters shot 2846 rounds and harvested 345 birds. This averages out to 64 rounds per- hunter and 7.84 birds per-hunter and 113.84 boxes of ammo total and 8.24 rounds per bird.

It seems that when the targets are there, in all the excitement, the shooting gets worse. Just an observation guys.

11-12-07 This weekend was the opener of second phase. We now have migratory birds. We are no longer shooting on Sundays as we are flooding the fields for ducks. We will only be having Saturday dove shoots for the remainder of the season.

Dove shoots for this weekend:

Saturday's shoot was great. The fields produced the following results:

18 hunters shot 905 rounds and harvested 153 birds. This averages out to 50.27 rounds per- hunter and 8.5 birds per-hunter and 36.2 boxes of ammo total and 5.91 rounds per bird.

Sunday's shoot was much slower.

9 hunters shot 230 rounds and harvested 31 birds. This averages out to 25.55 rounds per- hunter and 3.44 birds per-hunter and 9.22 boxes of ammo total and 7.41 rounds per bird.

10-22-07 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Saturday's shoot can only be described as SLOOOOW and wet. It was not a desirable day for dove hunting. Duck yes, dove no. It rained off and on for the entire shoot with the hardest rain falling at prime time (5:00).The fields produced the following results:

15 hunters shot 226 rounds and harvested 35 birds. This averages out to 15.06 rounds per- hunter and 2.33 birds per-hunter and 9.04 boxes of ammo total and 6.04 rounds per bird.

Sunday's shoot was split. The north portion of the field was poor and the south part slow. The fields produced the following results:

The South portion of the field, 16 hunters shot 329 rounds and harvested 67 birds. This averages out to 20.56 rounds per- hunter and 4.18 birds per-hunter and 13 boxes of ammo total and 4.91 rounds per bird.

The North portion, 14 hunters, the information was not gathered by the guides, but was very slow. If guessing, less than 40 bird harvested, less than a box per hunter.

This is totally opposite of the field results from last weekend.

We have harvested over 1000 birds since opening. We need the migratory birds to come down to pick the numbers up again. We have educated and or harvested most all of the local birds.

10-15-07 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Saturday's shoot was slow. High winds, low birds and lower numbers of birds were the only complaints. The fields produced the following results:

19 hunters shot 347 rounds and harvested 49 birds. This averages out to 18 rounds per- hunter and 2.57 birds per-hunter and 13.88 boxes of ammo total and 7.08 rounds per bird.

Sunday's shoot was split. The north portion of the field was excellent and the south part slow. The fields produced the following results:

The North portion of the field, 15 hunters shot 1126 rounds and harvested 146 birds. This averages out to 75 rounds per- hunter and 9.73 birds per-hunter and 45.04 boxes of ammo total and 7.71 rounds per bird.

The South portion, 19 hunters, the information was not gathered by the guides, but was very slow. If guessing, less than 40 bird harvested, less than a box per hunter.

We have harvested approximately 900 birds since the opening.

We are combining our Wednesday and Saturday field's to be shot on Saturday and will no longer have Wednesday shoots. Our fields were too close and the shooting was disturbing the birds on the opposite field.

10-11-07 Dove shoot for Wednesday:

Wednesday's shoot was good. Slightly slower than the weekend shoots. The field produced the following results:

19 hunters shot 402 rounds and harvested 95 birds. This averages out to 21.15 rounds per- hunter and 5.0 birds per-hunter and 16.08 boxes of ammo total and 4.23 rounds per bird.

10-07-07 Dove shoots for this weekend:

Saturday's shoot was good. High winds and low birds were the only complaints. The fields produced the following results:

36 hunters shot 1249 rounds and harvested 212 birds. This averages out to 34 rounds per-hunter and 5.88 birds per-hunter and 49.96 boxes of ammo total and 5.78 rounds per bird.

We had several hunter's harvest 12 birds with one box or 25 rounds on the good end of the average and one hunter shot 4 boxes and harvested 3 birds.

Sunday's shoot was excellent. The fields produced the following results:

44 hunters shot 2846 rounds and harvested 345 birds. This averages out to 64 rounds per- hunter and 7.84 birds per-hunter and 113.84 boxes of ammo total and 8.24 rounds per bird.

Total for weekend: 80 hunters shot 4095 rounds and harvested 557 birds. Averages 6.96 birds per hunter.

10-02-07 Dove field conditions are excellent as of yesterday.

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09-19-07 Dove season will start in a couple of weeks. All of our fields are currently in excellent condition. We anticipate handling somewhere around 125-140 shooters per week during the first phase depending on the placement of blinds. We will be holding shoots on Saturday's, Sunday's and Wednesday's as planned.

If the weather holds this should be an excellent season. There have been good numbers of birds in the area. We currently have all of our memberships SOLD for this season. The first week of season is FULL with a very large list of backup shooters. If you are interested in getting on our call list please contact Rita with your contact information. See you on opening weekend!

04-12-07 We now have a current conditions page just for our dove hunters.

The first phase of dove season will begin on Saturday, October 6th, 2007. This will be our first week of shoots. The dates can be accessed by following this link: Everglades Adventures-2007 Dove Season Dates

We will begin sending out our membership agreements in mid-May to our past members. We need to have these agreements back to us no later than June 15th. After June 15th we will offer any remaining memberships not purchased to other parties.

12-18-06 Wednesday we begin hunting doves again on our fields. We will be holding both duck hunting in the morning and dove hunting in the evening on Wednesday the 20th of December. Everyone book early and I will see you there!

12-11-06 Saturday's and Sunday's dove hunts were slow. For some reason the bird numbers were much lower than expected. We thought it was due to the high winds, but are not certain. We are canceling our dove shoots until the numbers of birds increase.

12-01-06 Saturday's dove hunt was slower than the normal Saturday field shoot. For some reason the bird numbers were lower on this field than expected. We checked yesterday and the numbers of birds had increased again. The opening of the next phase (December 9th) should be excellent. We will again be shooting on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday in the third phase.

11-23-06 Wednesday's dove shoot was excellent with all shooters having the opportunity to harvest their limit of birds. Clients shot on the average 3-4 boxes of shells. High winds on this shoot lowered the numbers of birds harvested.

11-20-06 Saturday's dove shoot was excellent with all shooters having the opportunity to harvest their limit of birds. Clients shot on the average 3-4 boxes of shells. High numbers of birds.

Sunday's dove shoot was good. Hunters averaged only 5-6 birds each. Wednesday's shoot looks great as the numbers of birds on the field currently is high.

11-15-06 Today's (Wednesday's) dove shoot was excellent with all shooters having the opportunity to harvest their limit of birds. Clients shot on the average 3-4 boxes of shells. High numbers of birds. Next shoots, (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday) are expected to have the same results as listed in the last week.

11-13-06 Saturday's dove shoot was excellent with all shooters having the opportunity to harvest their limit of birds. Clients shot on the average 3-4 boxes of shells. Sunday's shoot was good, but not as great as we expected with the break in season. The numbers of birds was lower than expected. Hunters averaged only 6-8 birds each. Wednesday's shoot looks great as the numbers of birds on the field currently is high.

11-06-06 Dove season reopens this upcoming weekend. The next three shoots- Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday will be excellent shoots. We have lots of birds. The migratory birds have arrived.

For information concerning the hunts: Dove Hunting-South Florida Dove Hunting-Large millet fields

10-31-06 Wow...has it been that long? Sorry for the confusion concerning our website. Lots have happened in a year. Yes, we are still in business. We have changed our server for our site and have not been updating the site as I should of been. We have moved our operation to a new property located 12 miles north of the old location. We have just started one of our best seasons ever.

Our last five dove shoots have been really good. We started out a little slow but finished the first phase great. The second and third phase of dove will be excellent as we have four fields which to shoot and the field conditions are excellent. Call Rita to book these hunts early.

11-28-2005 Our dove shoot for Saturday was cancelled due to low bird numbers on that particular field. Sunday's shoot was a "2" due to lower bird numbers on that field. We still have not seen any migratory doves as of yet. The local population has figured out the shoots. The two week break before the third phase opens on the 10th of December should allow for some migratory birds to come down.

11-21-2005 Our dove shoot for Saturday was cancelled due to low bird numbers on that particular field. Sunday's shoot was a "7" due to lower bird numbers on that field as well but still a good shoot. We still are shooting only local birds and have not seen any large numbers of migratory birds as of yet.

11-17-2005 Our dove shoots this past weekend were good shoots with Saturday's shoot being a "6" and the Sunday shoot an "8". We had good hunter turnout with all three of our open fields filled for a total of 57 shooters for the weekend. We will be opening two additional fields within the next two weeks. The forecast is for three fronts this next week which will improve all migratory hunts.

10-18-2005 Things are starting to dry out on the dove fields and we have started shooting. We are going to start rating our dove shoots on a scale of one to ten for our clients to get a better idea of how well one shoot or another went. Our Saturday dove shoot this past weekend was a "8". It was a great shoot. Our Sunday shoot was a "6". It was a good shoot but not as many birds as I would of expected. This coming weekend should be considerably better on both fields. That is if the hurricane stays to our south and we don't get any considerable rain.

As far as non-members are concerned for our dove shoots, I ask everyone to please be patient. I know that everyone would like to shoot. I wish we had the room but we don't. We lost one of our large fields due to all of the rain and we currently only have room for our members. Second phase we will have much more room available as the millet matures and we open additional fields. Second phase will be excellent. We have several additional fields coming in.

10-08-2005 Sorry for the delay...We are not off to a good start for the doves. We have had seven inches of rain this week alone. We have been forced to cancel all of the shoots so far this season due to really bad weather. We have several fields ready to shoot we just need the weather to cooperate. It was a good thing we didn't have our BBQ last weekend as it rained all day. If things dry out we will have some excellent dove shoots.

08-11-2005 Sorry for the delay....we have been busy planting all of the fields. Our Dove information has been updated as well as our dove season dates posted on our site. This is going to be our biggest year ever for doves....we can handle 120 shooters per week. We have added additional fields this season for dove as well as added additional areas for our ducks with the planting two fields totaling 75 acres of rice, milo and millet for our duck hunts with permanent covered blinds. We will begin inserting pictures into our current conditions page shortly so everyone can see how everything is progressing.

12-14-2004 Our dove shoots this past weekend were great. Both shoots had great numbers of birds. We are finally starting to get some migratory flocks into the fields. The fields are in excellent condition. We will be shooting both days next weekend but only on Sunday the following weekend (Christmas weekend). These next couple of fronts this next week with all the wind and cold should produce excellent numbers of birds.

12-09-2004 Sorry for the delay in the updates, but it's been very busy. We start the third and final phase of dove this weekend with shoots both Saturday and Sunday. We have quite a few birds on both fields so they both should be great shoots. We are still waiting on the ducks to come down so we won't be shooting ducks this weekend. There is a good front coming in Friday and it looks to be strong enough to do us some good. We are ready for them and have already flooded parts of the millet fields in preparation. Once they arrive it should be excellent shooting.

11-16-2004 Our dove hunts this weekend were good. Saturday's shoot was a good shoot. We had quite a few birds but they were all concentrated at one end of the field. The hunters on that end had an excellent shoot. Sunday's shoot was a great shoot with lots of birds. The only down side due to the weather. It would of been an excellent shoot except it rained off and on (sometimes heavy) during the shoot. Most hunters thought it was an excellent shoot even with the rain. We are now getting large groups of migratory birds coming into the fields.

11-09-2004 Our dove hunts this coming weekend will be excellent. We will be shooting both Saturday and Sunday on separate fields. We will have room for some non-members for both the Saturday and Sunday shoots. Persons interested should contact us for additional information.

10-25-2004 Our dove hunts this weekend were good. Saturday's shoot was excellent with all hunters except one achieving their limits. Sunday's shoot was a good shoot due only to a few less birds. We are just starting to get our migratory birds coming into the fields. Our next shoots will be on Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th of November. After a three week break, these shoots will be better than excellent.

10-18-2004 Our dove hunts this weekend were good. I would rate Saturday's shoot as fair and Sunday's shoot as good. We had quite a few more birds on Sunday. This weekend is the last weekend of this phase. We will have a two week break and resume on Saturday, November the 13th with shoots on both day's that weekend. We will have room for some non-members for both the Saturday and Sunday shoots. Persons interested should contact us for additional information.

10-10-2004 Our dove hunts this weekend were excellent. Saturday's shoot was slightly better than Sunday's but both were excellent. Saturday's shoot we had 95% of our hunters limit out, some within 40-45 minutes. Hunters shooting ability was the main reason for limited bag limits. All hunters had plenty of opportunity. Sunday's shoot we had 85%. We will have room for some non-members for both the Saturday and Sunday shoots. Persons interested should contact us for additional information.

10-04-2004 Dove season started with one of our best shoots ever. Thirty-nine clients described the shoot from awesome to fantastic. We had excellent numbers of birds. This coming weekend we will be shooting both of our fields. We will have room for some non-members for both the Saturday and Sunday shoots. Persons interested should contact us for additional information.

09-24-2004 We are currently waiting for the hurricane to see which track it takes. As of today, we will not be shooting our Sunday field opening weekend. We will be having our opening Saturday shoot and BBQ. We will be shooting both Saturday and Sunday fields the following weekend. The opening Saturday shoot will be excellent.

09-15-2004 Dove season begins Saturday, October 2, 2004. We will be having our annual BBQ for all of our members and their guests on Saturday around noon. We are currently contacting all of our members for reservations. Currently, we have excellent numbers of birds on our Saturday field, but as of today we are still not sure as to the Sunday shoot. The birds are just starting to come in. The decision will be made by this weekend as to the availability of the Sunday shoot. Our Wednesday field will not be ready until second phase.

09-10-2004 Dove season begins in about three weeks. Everything is looking good with quite a few birds beginning to come to the fields. If the hurricanes will leave us alone we should have an excellent start to the beginning of the season. Non-members wishing to participate need to contact us so you can be placed on our updated list to be contacted for up and coming shoots.

07-16-2002 SEASON UPDATE-Sorry for the delay in updating this page, we have been extremely busy. We have updated our dove hunting page with all of the new additions. You can check it out by clicking on this link: Dove Hunting-South Florida Dove Hunting-Large millet fields

We have basically gone to memberships for our dove hunting. We still can arrange hunts for non-members but it will be on an available basis only. We will shortly be doing the same with our duck hunting. We still have a few memberships available for both dove and duck.

We hope to accomplish by using the smaller fields and having them much more spread out, a reduction in the hunting pressure on the fields, give us more versatility for combination hunts (duck, dove, snipe) etc. and make the dove shoots a more pleasant and private experience.

We are now offering V.I.P. memberships to our clients. We have two types available. A silver membership for $5,000.00 and a gold membership for $10,000.00. These memberships include all of our hunting packages we have available as well as exclusive hunting for whitetail. Contact us for details concerning this new program.

11-26-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Currently we are not holding any more dove shoots. If we get a build-up of birds on one of our fields for third phase, we will let you know...check back here for details.

11-20-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Our Sunday shoots have been great with most hunters getting the opportunity to harvest their limits of dove. Saturdays shoot was great as well with all but three limiting out on birds. This week we will only be shooting on Sunday afternoon but will be shooting both fields. This will be our last shoot for this phase. This will be a great shoot....Don't miss it!

11-16-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE- We have openings on Saturday's November 17th shoot still available. Sunday's shoot is sold out.

11-09-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-We have decided to give our large dove fields one more week of rest, so we have postponed the shoot for this Saturday until next Saturday the 17th. This will be our opening of the second phase on these fields.

10-25-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Sundays dove shoot was great. All shooters had the opportunity to harvest their limit of birds. This Sunday, the 28th is the last shoot of this phase. We will start again on Saturday the 10th of November.

10-19-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Due to low bird activity, we have decided to cancel the remaining Saturday shoots during the first phase. The next Saturday shoot is currently scheduled for the opening weekend of the second phase, Saturday the 10th of November. Our Sunday field has large numbers of birds working it but we are sold out for the remainder of this phase.

10-11-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Wednesday's dove shoot was slow. Our fields didn't have a lot of birds. Due to this we are going to cancel our Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday shoots to give the birds a chance to re-group. Our next shoot will be on Saturday the 20th of October.

10-08-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Sunday's dove shoot was a good shoot. We ended up shooting the same fields as Saturday due to the Sundays field's millet was not mature. We had far less birds on Sunday than Saturday.

10-08-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Saturdays dove shoot was probably our best dove shoot ever. We had seventy hunters participate with everyone having an excellent shoot. The success rate for one of the four fields was 24 hunters-274 birds harvested. We had hunters shooting 6 and 7 boxes of shells and not achieving their limits. Every hunter had the chance to harvest their bag limit.

10-04-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Hunters participating in this weekends shoots need to arrive between 12:00 and 1:00. Our fields are in great condition and we have lots of birds. Everything is ready to go...see you there.

10-02-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-The rains associated with Fridays cold front (10 additional inches at the ranch) only slightly effected our fields. They have plenty of time to dry prior to this weekend. If you are attending opening weekend, please bring bug spray.

09-26-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Wednesday, October 10th is sold out. The fields are finished, the millet is mowed and the blinds are built and we have lots of birds. Everything is ready to go...see you there.

09-25-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th (Opening Weekend) are sold out. The fields are in great condition and we currently have lots of birds.

09-17-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-The rains associated with this weeks tropical storm(10-12 inches in ten days at the ranch) only slightly effected our fields. They have plenty of time to dry prior to the opening weekend.

09-12-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-The rains which Southern Florida has been experiencing have not effected our fields. We have excellent drainage systems in place and as of yesterday evening, still have thousands of birds using the fields.

09-10-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-We are now accepting reservations for the up and coming season. We are building blinds and mowing millet in preparation. Sunday October 7th is already sold out.

08-17-2001 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-We have all of our dove fields planted for the first phase. We planted a earlier planting this year to allow the birds to start coming a month earlier to the fields. This will allow for many more birds on opening weekend. We currently have approximately two to three thousand birds using the fields.

View our Mourning Dove Hunting Season Dates page

You can view current information concerning our dove shoots on the About Mourning Dove Hunting page.

12-11-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Sundays shoot was great. We had a full hunter turnout and filled all fifteen blinds. The weather semi-cooperated by keeping us from the heavy rains but it did rain lightly for most of the shoot. We had a good number of birds, but not as many as were seen on this field prior to the shoot. Next Sundays shoot should be as good or better. Most hunters averaged 6-8 birds each with several clients leaving the field early with limits.

12-04-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-We will be shooting the third phase of the season on our Sunday field. Our first shoot will be Sunday the 10th of December. We currently have excellent numbers of birds on this field. We have changed the limit of shooters on this field to fifteen so it will fill up fast.

11-20-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Sundays shoot was great. We had a low hunter turnout but we had plenty of birds.

11-20-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Saturdays shoot was excellent. It was a windy shoot. Again, same as the last shoot on this field, we didn't have enough shooters to keep the birds moving but everyone had an excellent shoot.

11-14-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE- We have excellent dove shoots taking place on Saturdays and Sundays at this time. We have some of the best numbers of doves both locals and migratory birds that we have seen in years.

11-10-2000 DOVE SHOOT REMINDER-Don't miss opening of second phase this weekend. We are shooting both Saturday and Sunday on our two fields. We have large numbers of birds on Saturday's field and good-moderate numbers on the Sunday's field.

10-30-2000 DOVE SHOOT REMINDER-We will be mowing millet on both fields this week and next week in preparation for opening of second phase. Both of our fields will be excellent on opening of second phase weekend. The millet is staged correctly and with a two week break on these fields we anticipate having doves in concentrations in the thousands. Don't miss opening weekend on the 11th and 12th!

10-30-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Sundays shoot was great. The birds were not as heavy on this field as in the past but most shooters achieved their limits. Most shooters averaged three boxes of shells each. We harvested two more white-wing doves on this field this week.

10-30-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Saturdays shoot was excellent. It was a windy shoot. Again, same as last week we didn't have enough shooters to keep the birds moving but everyone had an excellent shoot. All shooters achieved their limits on this field.

10-23-2000 DOVE SEASON REMINDER-This coming weekend is the last weekend of this phase of shooting. We will take the following weekend off and then resume on the weekend of November the 11th. This opening of the second phase weekend usually books up early so if you plan to attend please book early. The millet on both of our fields looks great for the second phase. We might have the possibility of shooting some in the third phase on our Sunday field.

View our Mourning Dove Hunting Season Dates page

You can view current information concerning our dove shoots on the About Mourning Dove Hunting page.

-Sundays shoot was excellent. It was a much more windy shoot than yesterday. We had 21 shooters again this week harvest 18 limits of birds. We had one pair of shooters use six boxes of shells and not get their limits and one shooter with eleven birds. Most shooters averaged three boxes of shells each. We harvested our first white-wing dove on this new field with the shooter harvesting a double with a mourning dove. White-wing doves are rarely found our shoots due to our location.

10-23-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Saturdays shoot was excellent. It was a windy shoot. Again, same as last week we didn't have enough shooters to keep the birds moving but everyone had an excellent shoot. Due to the wind some hunters didn't achieve their limits of birds. We had one pair of shooters use six and a half boxes of shells and not get their limits. Yes, that is about 160 rounds between the two of them. We are providing our clients the opportunity to harvest their limit. Approximately 90% of our shooters harvested their limits.

10-16-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Sundays shoot was excellent. We had 21 shooters harvest 20 limits of birds with the holdout shooting 75 rounds and not achieving his limit. We started placing hunters in the field around 1:00 and we had hunters start limiting at 3:30 and began removing them. We had all shooters off of the field by 5:00. We had some shooters compare their shoot to those they had been on in South America. There were 400-500 birds on the field at 6:00 that evening. We will fill this shoot quickly! If you come bring bug spray!

10-16-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Saturdays shoot went well. We had plenty of birds on the field but not enough shooters to keep the birds moving. We only had enough shooters to cover about a third of the field so we allowed shooters to move around but still could not keep the birds from concentrating away from the hunters. Checking the field on Sunday evening there were birds in much greater numbers than on Saturday and with so few hunters, next Saturday will be an excellent shoot if we can gather enough shooters. We will be mowing additional millet on Wednesday.

10-09-2000 DOVE SHOOT UPDATE-Due to high water we were forced to cancel our Sunday dove shoot for opening weekend. Our Saturday opening day shoot was a great success with a high percentage of our shooters limiting out on birds. I talked to shooters who shot 4 and 5 boxes of shells so there was ample opportunity for a limit of birds. There were a lot of birds and the weather managed to hold out for us as well. We had a total of 66 shooters arrive out of 75 reservations. With the arrival of this early season cold front the migratory birds should be moving down and without the rains the fields are drying out for a great out look for the next Saturday shoot.

09-29-2000 We have currently SOLD OUT of all of our positions on both our Saturday and Sunday dove fields for opening weekend of dove season. See you there!

09-18-2000 Hurricane Gordon has come and gone with little effect on the dove fields. We received about two-three inches of rainfall and virtually no wind. The fields are shaping up and we have millet starting to seed out. Looks like it is going to be an excellent opening weekend. We currently are about 80% booked for opening weekend. We have changed the order that we will be shooting the fields. We will shoot the large field on Saturday and the smaller one on Sunday. This is due to the higher demand for the Saturday shoot.

You can view our dates for the dove shoots on the Mourning Dove Hunting Season Dates page.

You can view current information concerning our dove shoots on the About Mourning Dove Hunting page.

09-08-2000 The state of Florida finally sets the season dates for migratory game birds for the upcoming 2000-01 season. You can view the dates by clicking on the following link: 2000-2001 Migratory game bird season dates

09-04-2000 The state has as of today's date not set the season dates for dove and early duck. We have posted our best guess for the dates as they have been set in the past. You can view our dates for the dove shoots on the Mourning Dove Hunting Season Dates page.

You can view current information concerning our dove shoots on the About Mourning Dove Hunting page.

Our first posting on our dove hunts was 09-04-2000. For those of you that read thru all of the posts for our hunts, it is interesting after seven years of posts to notice just how much our dove hunting has changed for the better.

   
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