Central Texas Dove HuntingMany hunters look forward to dove season especially in Central Texas because it is more than just another shooting sport; it’s a chance to spend time with family and friends. Dove hunting is one of the simplest forms of recreation available as an inexpensive, social sport that can be enjoyed by almost everyone. Getting started with dove hunting in Texas may seem complicated for beginners but is relatively easy.

First thing hunters must have is a valid Texas hunting license, and those born after Sept. 2, 1971 must take a hunter education course. Other than licensing and knowing the rules all you really need to enjoy this great sport is a shotgun, some shotgun shells and a place to hunt.

If you are new to dove hunting in Texas the first thing to remember is that shooting a dove is not easy but it is fun. It is important that you relax and understand up front that you’ll miss and when you first start hunting doves you’ll miss much more than you hit.

Dove hunting is much easier to enjoy when you have the right gear! The kind of gear you need is dependent upon where you plan to hunt. Dove hunting goes beyond a pair of good boots and a gun for shootin’. Before the season starts, there are a few things you will want to cross off your list for your next dove hunting trip at the ranch. Your essential list should always include:

  • Shotgun shells and ear plugs
  • A good bucket (or chair)
  • A dove/game belt
  • Extra decoys
  • A camo shirt, hat, & pair of pants with lots of pockets

Equipment and preparation wise, dove hunting is simple, especially compared to other types of wing-shooting. Skill wise, it’s notoriously difficult. Doves are small, fast, and acrobatic. Consistently knocking them down can prove quite tricky. Remember at the beginning the more you stress, the more likely you are to miss. So with that in mind, take a deep breath, point, aim, lead and fire! Then on to the next one. Perfect your patience and you’ll get your limit.

A typical hunter can be effective out to 40 yards when dove hunting but it is important that you find out your range as soon as possible for several reasons. First off, shells can get expensive. If you are going through a bunch of boxes and not hitting anything out there, then the birds might be too far away.

It is common for birds to fly 50 yards away from you and a buddy knowing that neither of you can hit it. Second and perhaps most important is even if you do happen to nick a bird at over 40 yards or so but it flies off it could end up dying later and that isn’t what you want to do. Save money and only shoot at those you know you can bring down and find.

Just remember to be safe, shoot straight and have fun.

Texas Dove Hunts offers the best Central zone dove hunts near Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Enjoy your hunt in the shade with no crowding! Contact us today to book your Classic Texas Dove hunt or call 830-914-2313.