This weekend I could be going fishing with friends, got an invite to go to the gulf for some off shore bottom fishing. Reluctantly, I turned it down. Got an offer of two free tickets to the Alabama game over at the Georgia Dome, very reluctantly turned those down. Got a request from my wife to go with her to west Alabama to see her dad, turned it down. I decided to get to the actual tasks I have around the house and even more, the tasks I need to do in preparation for the kick off of real important season to me and that is of course, HUNTING SEASON!!!
Admitedly, I am not a dove hunting fanatic, but, I plan to be ready next saturday with a well oiled and cleaned shotgun, back up shotgun, pistol (for plinkin) having fresh dove shells, my light weight camo cleaned and treated with tick repellant, dig out my early season boots, my dove stool and two camp chairs, 40 quart cooler, two caps and stuff I haven’t even thought of yet!
I also need to clean the carb on my four wheeler, drain out the old gas and stabil mix and make sure it is running sweet before I show up slowly rolling around the fields at our shoot in west Alabama next Saturday. Dove shoots are some of the most fun hunting, sporting, shooting, socializing, networking, events in all of our fall events. I have had planned meetings and chance meetings around the dove fields that led to hunt offers later in the fall for deer, offers for Bama tickets, gun trades, business trades, and even a great deal on an antique jeep!
Dove “Shoots” are great events to get to know many other sportsmen and sports women who are ready to have a good time and share it with others. I have had so many hunts where it was almost like a reunion, seeing old friends and even a few cousins that I had not seen in years! Sitting on, and standing around tailgates on pickups under the shade of old oak tree next to a well prepared plowed or cut dove field, enjoying time in the field!
The doves you actually take are just a delicacy and part of the well planned evening meal at the camphouse watching football games and cheering on your favorite team as they beat the tar out of some early season “lesser team”.. I have found I can even smile and be happy for those buddies of mine who yell War Eagle when we are watching or listening to their team. Just don’t expect me to say that. That is something I am never prepared to do!
This weekend, I am waxing my bow string, swabbing out the barrels on my guns, checking and rechecking all my gear, eventhough I have done that before I put it away in May. It is my way of enjoying getting ready for the Kickoff! of Hunting Season!
Good luck with your preparation, may it lead you to hunting success!