Opening day of dove season has always been special to me. This year, I hoped to make it special for someone else. Mike Furiness and his son Ben came along for their first dove hunt. My goal was for it to be as special in their hearts as it was in mine.
We met at Mike’s house and I went over what to expect on a dove hunt. Unless you have been, it is different than other hunts. For those that have been, it is so ingrained in our consciousness, we do not realize how different it is.
Unlike other upland game hunting, there is not stalking the bird, flushing it from cover and taking the shot. Basically, you sit still in one spot and watch the skies. The closest to it would be duck hunting, however most times there will be no decoys (they do make perching dove decoys as well as flying dove decoys) and I have never seen or heard anyone try to call a dove in. That is unless you count the occasional “c’mon bird, fly THIS way!” as a call.
Special thanks to Linwood Vick and Vick Family Farms for another great dove hunt!
|Mike Furiness, Ben Furiness, and Bill Howard|
Bill Howard writes a weekly outdoors column for the Wilson Times and Yancey County News and the bowhunting blog site GiveEmTheShaft.com. He is a Hunter Education and International Bowhunter Education instructor, lifetime member of the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, Bowhunter Certification Referral Service Chairman, member and official measurer of Pope and Young, and a regular contributor to North Carolina Bowhunter Magazine.