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It’s been a hot and dry summer. We’re all ready for some rain and cooler weather across the state of Texas, as we’ve been devastated by drought, coupled with wildfires, for a year now. With dove season opening in September, most hunters are probably concerned about the dove population this year. While native dove populations definitely haven’t been improved by the drought, it hasn’t impacted dove nearly as harshly as it has other species. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has made conservative estimates of a population of 44 million dove this fall. For those that don’t know, this figure falls right in line with some of the best dove hunting seasons.
What does this mean for hunters? While native food sources have taken a beating from the heat, irrigated fields planted with milo and sunflowers will be the go-to supplement for most doves. Also, water sources are becoming more and more scarce. So basically, if you can find food, you can expect to see ample dove. If you can find food and water, you’re in line for a potentially great hunt.
If you have booked your dove hunting with Joshua Creek Ranch, you can expect as much success as you’d find anywhere. Early forecasts show that dove have been spotty very recently, but as the temperature cools conditions will likely only improve. As cool fronts begin to blow through, they will likely push large numbers of birds in our direction. Joshua Creek Ranch has organized dove hunting in both irrigated and non-irrigated fields that will be scouted on a daily basis throughout the dove season, so that you can experience some of Texas’ finest dove hunting.