Hunting Report

Strong thunder storms scatter Inland Empire dove

BY JIM NIEMIEC/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 07, 2017

RIVERSIDE — Strong thunder storms moved across the entire Inland Empire the evening prior to opening morning of dove season. Prior to this monsoonal weather front the valley had been holding lots of mourning dove, but only a few Eurasian collared dove. Finally at dusk the weather settled down and winds backed off, thus making hunters hopeful of a good morning shoot.

baggedhislimitBAGGED HIS LIMIT IN LESS THAN AN HOUR — Jan Packard of Rancho Palos Verde shot well and walked out of a stubble field with a limit of mourning dove while shooting over a fallow field in southwestern Riverside County. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

Western Outdoor News hunted a fallow stubble farm field with a handful of other hunters. The sky to east was clear of clouds but dove were not too eager to fly early. It wasn’t until 6:10 that there was any kind of flight across that field. In a timely manner two DGW wardens showed up to check us for licenses and plugs in auto-loaders and pumps. Fortunately everyone in our party checked out and shooting continued pretty darn good for this part of the Inland Empire.

The first person to bag a 15 bird limit was Jan Packard of Rancho Palos Verde and he was followed soon by Dave Macke of Trabuco Canyon and Dave Kennedy of Mission Viejo. This hunting editor was a bit off target but did manage to put 13 dove in my game vest. Surprisingly, most all of the dove shot were mature birds, likely from an early hatch this summer, and only a couple of dove had any pin feathers.

As to the future of dove hunting in the Inland Empire it appeared that most of the doves were locally hatched. This valley is known to offer up good dove hunting during the second season when the migration from adjoining states to the north kicks in.

SHOT UNDER A GOOD DOVE FLYWAY — Dave Kennedy of Mission Viejo picked the right spot to set up his dove hunting stool. Birds winged over his location for most of the morning to reward this scatter gunner with an opening day limit of mourning dove. WON PHOTO BY JIM NIEMIEC

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