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First bird of the year

Postby Willie T » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:24 am

Opener for dove in Texas was yesterday. This is cricket delivering our first bird of the season while the sky still had a little pink in it. It was a great morning. A recent weak front brought a nice migration of doves that were feeding in the goat weed. This summer was wet and things are green and lush here. We were able to scratch out a limit of mourning doves before it got hot. I’m a south paw so I heel cricket on the right, away from my shooting shoulder. Cricket looks quite pleased with things after rooting the first bird of the year out of the goat weeds.
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby orhunter » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:41 am

Nice photo. Thanks.
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby RowdyGSP » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:54 am

Great pic Willie. I miss a good dove hunt
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:29 pm

Great, I bet it is hard for a dog to smell a dove in the green goat weed. Forrest
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby Willie T » Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:38 pm

Drahthaar1108 wrote:Great, I bet it is hard for a dog to smell a dove in the green goat weed. Forrest


To my nose the vegetation has a pretty strong smell but once the dog gets down wind of the fall, the retrieve is a done deal. A dove must smell like Chanel #5 to a bird dog. I’m actually more fascinated by how well Cricket lines his marks to quickly gain the wind with a tight hunt, while vegetation blocks line of sight enroute to the fall. That is a skill that has puzzled me for years among several dogs.
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby RowdyGSP » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:20 am

Pardon the ignorance, but what's goat weed? Is it just a native weed in your area? Don't believe I've ever seen it.
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby Willie T » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:31 am

RowdyGSP wrote:Pardon the ignorance, but what's goat weed? Is it just a native weed in your area? Don't believe I've ever seen it.


Yes a native weed that both Dove and quail love. Although it is most commonly called “goat weed” locally, the proper name is “Woolly Croton”. Other common names are Hogwart and Doveweed.
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:10 pm

Willie, you just can't beat a smart dog, especially one with a lot of experience. Forrest
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Re: First bird of the year

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:53 pm

A good marking, hunt dead and retrieving dog looks like a must in that tall cover, Willie T.

Nice start to the season.
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