Dove Hunting at Baffin Bay Rod and Gun
Dove Hunting Trips – Dates to be determined (tentatively Sept. 22, 2017 – Nov. 12, 2017 Dec. 16, 2018 – Jan. 21, 2018):
Baffin Bay Rod and Gun offers either custom dove hunting trips for large groups,or Cast and Blast trips, where you fish in the morning and dove hunting in the afternoon. Most dove hunting (both whitewing and mourning) is done over harvested grain fields and South Texas watering holes or natural dove “flyways” near stands of dove weed. Usually, all dove hunting is done within a short distance from the lodge in local fields and pastures.
In South Texas, dove hunting is a very social event among friends and families. It’s a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the real world and relax and reconnect, while shooting your gun! It is almost a rite of passage for the youngsters, especially on “Opening Day” where many traditions are held unbroken.
What better place to hold your next dove hunt cast and blast than at “The Last Best Place on the Texas Coast”? Enjoy our laid back and comfortable surroundings while we take care of you, South Texas style.
Dove hunting begins around 3:opm to 4:00pm in the afternoon, usually established by when the dove are flying and the scouting we’ve done. Dress appropriately for the weather (it’s hot in the beginning of the season, and usually cooler and wetter toward the end of the season). Camo is required, along with other colors of the flaura and fauna, whether green and lush, or droughty and drab. We recommend good boots because everything has a thorn around here. We also recommend tall snake chaps or snake boots because there is that possibility as we are in South Texas!
You will need to bring your own shotgun (preferably 12 or 20 gauge) and your own shells (#7 1/2 or #8 lead shot). The number of boxes of shells will depend on how good a shot you think you are. Bring double what you think you will need. Also, make sure you have your hunting license with HIP certification and migratory game bird endorsement. Game wardens are friendly but thorough during dove season, so make sure you are in compliance with all of the regulations and that your gun has the proper plug in it so that it can only shoot three shots.
We provide comfortable camo captain’s chairs to sit on and will position everyone around a field to keep the birds flying. Always be aware of your fellow hunters, no matter how far apart everyone is. Guides will position dogs to help retrieve and especially find the dove that are buried in the brush. We will also drive around the field with refreshments or to help with jammed guns or lack of ammo. Dove hunting trips end at sunset and everyone will be picked up and ready for the ride back to the lodge where all birds will be cleaned and packaged for everyone by our staff.
As your trip draws near, please keep in contact with your guide to track weather conditions, equipment issues and anything that may affect the quality of your trip.
Here are a few suggestions to make your trip more fun:
- Game bags/belts are great for carrying your ammunition, birds and for picking up spent shells. If you don’t own one, we can provide it for you.
- Early season dove hunting is notoriously hot. We will have plenty of water on hand. Please make sure you carry plenty with you.
- If you bring your own dogs, make sure they have plenty of water to drink and to help cool off with. Wet their ears and the pads of their feet often and make them rest between retrieves.
- Gun safety is imperative and unsafe gun handling will not be tolerated. Always be aware of where your fellow hunters are and especially be aware of our dogs. They are like our children and we are extremely protective of them. Do not shoot over the dogs!
- Click here for the full Dove Hunting Checklist page, including how to buy your license.
Interested in a “Cast and Blast”? Fish in the morning and dove hunt in the afternoon…. Click here for more information!