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Field Notes of a Rookie Sportsperson: My first dove hunt

Sunset on the farm
Photo by © Travis Duncan/CPW.

My first dove-hunting trip as a member of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Rookie Sportsperson Program (RSP) had nearly everything I could want in an outdoors weekend: camaraderie with friends, dinner of fresh game, card-playing and storytelling, camping in a beautiful and remote wildlife area and a chance to use my new skills as a hunter.

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10 Tips for Hunting Doves in Colorado

dead dove
A harvested mourning dove. Photo by Jerry Neal (CPW)

When it comes to small-game hunting, doves are arguably the greatest challenge for wingshooters. Although these fast flyers are Colorado’s most plentiful game bird, you’ll need to bring your “A” game to fill the daily limit.  The following tips and information will help you have more fun and put more doves in your game-bag.

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Dove Season: Keeping the Tradition Alive

The moon sits behind a dove decoy on Colorado's Eastern Plains. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

The moon sits behind a dove decoy on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Photo by Jerry Neal/CPW.

For as long as I can remember, Sept. 1 has been a time-honored tradition in my family. The tradition of waking before dawn to watch the sunrise on the Eastern Plains. The tradition of scanning the skies for doves and hoping that my shotgun skills are sharp enough to bring a few birds home for the table. The tradition of watching my favorite bird dog work the fields. And, most importantly, the tradition of spending time with family and friends in the outdoors. My stepbrother and I enjoyed a great dove hunt near Byers this morning. I’m glad I had the opportunity to hunt opening day of dove season again this year. What a great way to spend a Colorado morning. Here’s to a traditional dove dinner later tonight.

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Teal, Doves and Crappie: Three Reasons to Visit Colorado’s Eastern Plains in September

Wasps, spiders, sunburn, allergies, rattlesnakes, mosquitoes and chiggers are just a few of the challenges you must brave. But if you enjoy a good wing-shoot and the fast-paced action of fishing for crappies, these unpleasantries may be worth tolerating to take advantage of some early season outdoor opportunities on the Eastern Plains. 

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Do-it-yourself (DIY) Dove Decoys

Dove hunter with decoy
Increase your odds in bagging your limit while dove hunting by making these cheap, do-it-yourself decoys. Photo by © Jerry Neal/CPW.

Hunters seeking every advantage in the field understand the benefit of using decoys to attract doves.  These do-it-yourself (DIY) dove decoys are perfect for the budget-minded hunter. Simply print out the decoy images below, fold in half, glue to a piece of cardboard (tip: we used thick file folders destined for the recycle bin) and cut out following the outline of the bird. For additional protection, we spray the assembled decoys with lacquer.

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