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For the second year in a row, there are excellent numbers of whitewing doves in the Blythe region right up through Friday (Aug. 26). David Baker, who manages the fields on the Palo Verde Ecological Reserve (PVER) north of Interstate 10 at Blythe, said the wheat and milo field off Second Avenue at the far north end of the state-owned land was packed with birds. Then there was a thunderstorm that dumped two inches of rain at Baker's house in Blythe Aug. 24. He rushed up to the wheat the next morning expecting that many of the birds might have deserted the area, but there were even more doves using the area than earlier in the week.
"I don't know what happened. Maybe the storm drove all the birds in Parker down here," said Baker. "There are thousands of birds up there. Those fields have so much feed on them, I don't think the birds will leave."
The 10th Avenue fields, which were in wheat and milo last year and held an incredible number of whitewings.
The correct word is skeptical!.............Hook Em' in the LipsI have always been a little spectacle of the thunderstorm theory. I don't know, I thought that the local merchants invented it to explain why there weren't any birds in a certain area. It's been around forever! I've shot lots of birds during and after thunder storms. If you're on the X it could be hailing and you could shoot a bunch from my experience! Sarg would be my go to guy for the Blythe area. What's everyone's theory?
We as Hunters need to be the Guardians of our Hunting Privilege & Tradition and Remind people abusing hunting locations, TOO PICK UP their Shi?I don't want be a jerk about giving up "Hot Spots" I don't mind giving general information on bird types and numbers when I scout an area. A lot of the spots I hunt took a number of years of scouting to get dialed in. Enough folks stumble on to them on the opener as is. It's to easy to spread the word these days. Then the next time you go there, there is no trespassing signs all over, trash & empties everywhere, and gut and feather piles from field cleaning birds. I think people appreciate a good spot a little more if they to do a bit of leg work to get it figured out!
Sarge, thank you for the info in the earlier post. I’ll be heading it there Sunday for work so I’ll do some scouting there after hours. Can’t make it in the mornings because I start work early but will look in the evenings.We as Hunters need to be the Guardians of our Hunting Privilege & Tradition and Remind people abusing hunting locations, TOO PICK UP their Shi?
FastSarge, thank you for the info in the earlier post. I’ll be heading it there Sunday for work so I’ll do some scouting there after hours. Can’t make it in the mornings because I start work early but will look in the evenings.
Question for you dove vets. (I haven’t hunted dove since I was a kid 30 some years ago)
What’s the best way to identify the different types of doves in flight? I mean, I see them all the time in my neighborhood and when they park on a tree or electrical wire, I can usually see the black collar. But when these things are 30 yards in the air in mid flight, it’s hard for me to tell.I don’t want to shoot a mourning dove thinking it’s a Eurasian.