How We Hunt Mourning Doves
Your hunt begins by meeting at our camp and offices area to register all hunters. Once we have you registered, our guides will take you by truck to the fields. You must remain in this location for safety reasons and out of respect for other hunters. Once you have been placed in the field, you will need to remain as still as possible to help keep the birds from flaring off as they approach.
During Mourning dove season, our hunts usually begin around 1:00 pm and last anywhere from three to four hours depending on the cooperation of the birds and weather.
Once you have shot your limit of birds, our guides will transport you back to our camp and offices area. We generally have one guide for every twenty hunters to assist you in locating your birds and to assist you in any problems or questions you may have.
Can you hunt Mourning Doves?
All dove hunters are required to have in their possession a hunting license and a migratory bird permit. All hunters are required to be knowledgeable of migratory game bird regulations. We assume no responsibility for persons found in violation of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or Federal US Fish and Wildlife laws on Migratory Bird Hunting
Current State regulations and mourning dove season dates can be accessed by visiting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.
Current Federal regulations can be accessed by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website.
Current field conditions can be found on Facebook.
What To Bring
For this hunt you should wear a camouflage shirt and pants or dark blue jeans or other long pants and maybe a camouflage hat. Please do not wear anything light in color as it makes the birds flare before they are in range of other hunters.
We suggest the use of twenty- or twelve-gauge shotguns for this hunt as the mourning doves will sometimes be high. We recommend a minimum of three boxes of shot shell’s per-person, per-day of # seven and one-half’s or # eight’s low brass. We ask that everyone limit shells to low brass. While hunting migratory game birds, shotguns must be limited to a three-shell capacity.
You will need a cooler for your doves and perhaps something to sit on between flights of birds. We allow the use of stationary mourning dove decoys (NO MECHANICAL MOJO DECOYS) and encourage their use especially on days of low hunter turnout. We will allow you to bring a small cooler with drinks (NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES) to carry to the fields. Anyone found consuming alcoholic beverages in the dove fields or before the conclusion of the hunt would be expelled from the hunt. We do allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages after the hunt has concluded.
We do not allow dogs at our Mourning Dove shoots
POLICY ON CHILDREN
We allow children to participate in the dove shoots on a case by case basis. There are requirements by the state in order for children under 16 to participate in hunting activities. One of the requirements is completion of the state hunter safety course. After the completion of the course, the state requires children under 16 to be in hands reach of the firearm by their parent or guardian while the child is in possession of a firearm.
We hope that bad weather does not interfere with the shoot. However, we do not have rain checks for our dove shoots. We have no control over the weather and therefore we cannot be responsible for the disruption of a shoot due to weather. Please bring rain gear with you to the shoots. If bad weather moves in, we will attempt to remove all shooters wishing to leave as soon as possible. This decision is however, up to the hunter. If we have prior knowledge that the weather is going to be bad on a particular shoot we will cancel the shoot.
Mosquitoes can be very bad during the mourning dove seasons as the sun begins to set. We suggest that you bring bug spray with you to the fields.
We will at the time of placing you in the field tell you what time the shoot is officially over. This will vary from shoot to shoot. This is usually about a half-hour before sunset. We stop the shoot so that we have time to transport all of the people out of the field safely prior to it getting dark and them needing a blood transfusion due to the mosquitoes.
Once you make reservations for a particular date you are expected to arrive for the shoot. You will also be expected to pay for any reservations which you make in the event you fail to attend. If you make reservations for a number of persons, those positions are taken off of the list and they become unavailable to other shooters.
$200.00 per hunter