As fall season slowly comes in, shooters and hunters everywhere are starting to prepare for some exciting time in the fields and woods. Fall is the season for dove hunting and for a competitive bunch of shooters, this is a much anticipated time of the year especially for those with the itchy trigger finger. But of course, even the most seasoned shooters wouldn’t just jump into dove hunting out cold. Dove hunting needs some preparation for gears and guns. Here is a rundown of the things to prep out.
Clean and Ready Your Guns
First things first, decide on the gun that you plan to use during this season. Take it out from your armory to clean and make sure that it is in good working order. You would never want to head straight into the fields only to realize that your firing pin is not working as planned. Some prep work on your guns can make or break your whole dove hunting season. Consider using AR 15 red dot sight with your gun to practice and prepare for the hunting season.
How to Adjust Your Rifle Scope
With your gun clean and working wonderfully, it is time to work out and ready yourself. Unless you shoot sporting clays regularly, the odds are high that it’s been some time ago since you have adjusted your rifle scope high shooting. Some have a preferred gun for specific activities. A 12-gauge or 20-gauge one is a great option for dove or quail hunting when mounted with a 300 win mag scope. They also work well in the water if you happen to be hunting while sitting like a duck.
Although it is hard to anticipate dove’s movements and flight patterns, you can start practicing shots that mimic the way they fly. Get into the motion of raising your shotgun up and down and in following how dove’s flying pattern especially those that are junking and jiving in the wind. This will help trigger muscle memory and bring back your dove-hunting skills.
Before dove season, it can be a great preparation to shoot a round of sporting clays just to get your body back to the swing of your particular gun. Some guns can take a lot of getting used to especially when you are used to using a 300 blackout scope. After a few swings, the mechanisms and the weight becomes a part of your natural movement. Don’t waste your time figuring out how you can smoothly open the chambers for a reload while you are already out in the field.
Get Dressed and Ready
After preparing your guns, and tuning in your mind and body for the upcoming hunt season, it is time to get your outfits ready too. Dressing up is essential in keeping you safe from the elements while you are out in the field. Start with your footwear by making sure to have snake boots. If you will be hunting in warmer areas, always be prepared for unwanted guests in your hunt. There could be different types of snakes, especially in corn and sunflower fields. It doesn’t matter how it looks like or where you get them, just as long as they do the job of protecting your legs in case a snake take a stab at your leg.
And although it doesn’t necessarily follow that you have to be stealthy when dove-hunting, it still pays to wear clothes that will blend with the surroundings. In areas where it is warm, wear lightweight and breathable clothing.
Gear Up and Go
One of the most essential gears when dove hunting and using shotguns are your earplugs. You can get the squishy orange earplugs from any home depo but something that fits you perfectly and filter out strong noises is a good choice. This way you can still hear your fellow hunters call out, but your ears won’t be ringing with the constant boom of the shotgun.
Another gear to have in handy when out for dove hunting are some eye protection. It will protect your eyes whether it is sunny, windy or still. Wearing eye protection will also shield your eyes from dust and gunpowder from the field which can hinder your hunt.
Putting on a good shell belt can bring you into the dove-shooting mode in a jiffy. You can find a lot of good quality game belts to suit your needs and eliminate all the hassles of getting your shells and keeping spent hulls while you are on the field. Some extra pockets of your shell belt can also accommodate small items like your earplugs or glasses.