With an estimated population of 275 million in North America, the mourning dove is one of the most-abundant and recognizable birds in the land. In the south, Labor Day weekend brings hunters from all walks of life into fields for the opening day of the dove season.
Brad Madden sat high in a climbing tree stand overlooking an open bottom frequented by grass-browsing does that were beginning to be chased by bucks at the onset of the rut. He had seen a few does earlier in the afternoon, but nothing with antlers.
Perry Ross of Big Creek never thinks of deer hunting as a seasonal sport. At 55, he’s got nearly 50 years under his belt in the woods, and for him there’s the offseason and the on-season — but it’s always deer season.
As the calendar flips to September, my thoughts turn to deer and bowhunting. Archery season is already open in some places, and is about to open in many others. No matter where you hunt though, game time is imminent.
If you’ve ever had a hunting lease with perfect spots for food plots or a small dove field, but had no access to a tractor, you were probably out of luck when it came to planting clover, buckwheat, rape, sorghum, millet or sunflowers.
If you like to hunt year round there are a few options you can take advantage. One of those activities is raccoon hunting with dogs. With a year-round open season on racoons, the Sportsman TV set out on a night time coon hunt recently. The trick was finding the right set of dogs. With no connection to any raccoon hunters, producer Jared Serigne took to Facebook to find the right combo of hunters and dogs for the episode- that’s when he found Coon Commander Outdoors.