Moderate weather has changed up the dove hunting since opening weekend, but birds are still flying and providing opportunities in local hotspots. These tasty and plentiful birds offer a great kickoff to hunting seasons in many years, albeit something of a trick in these speedsters’ challenging aerial maneuvers. It’s easy to waste lots of shells on the way to a 15-bird limit. But once cleaned, wrapped in bacon, and grilled over a smoky fire, doves make it all worthwhile via a memorable meal.
Look for doves to congregate around food sources like cut corn, milo, or even fallow ground with seedy weeds like foxtail. Where water is scarce in dry areas, ponds or pools make great, late evening stopovers where birds drink before roosting. Since doves are almost perfectly camouflaged for bare, sandy soil, be sure to mark down a hit bird so that you can find it. Retrieving dogs can be a big advantage, especially around water.
Light loads like trap or field size 8 shot are adequate for these birds. Get in a good flight zone, find the right leads, and you’re on your way to great Kansas early season hunting.