San Antonio Dove Hunting
If you enjoy dove hunting, San Antonio will give you some of the best White wing and Mourning dove hunting hunting experiences anywhere north of Mexico. You may be thinking that Mexico or South America has exceptional wing shooting but nothing compares to a south Texas dove hunt. Dove are plentiful in San Antonio and South Texas and the experience of a dove hunting trip in this area is second to none. Several things make dove hunting here unique:
- Texas dove hunts are centered around a pick-up tailgate
- Dove hunting in Texas turns strangers into friends
- Dogs are always welcome while retrievers are sometimes necessary
- Cleaning birds at the end of the hunt with your hunting buddies while the sun sets
San Antonio sits on the dividing line between the central and south hunting zones so you can start hunting the central zone more than two weeks before neighboring counties to the south begin to get ready for bird season. San Antonio has one of the single largest Whitewing dove populations in the United States with the 2002 count by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department documented over a million white wings. If you hunt near San Antonio, white-wing dove hunting is exceptional. Bird hunters need a white-wing stamp from the TPWD to shoot white wings in addition to mourning dove. Dove hunting in the San Antonio area is world class and will keep you busy if you want an afternoon of wing shooting enjoyment.
San Antonio Dove Hunting Forecasts
Accurately forecasting a dove hunting trip in soth Texas is generally difficult. Internet dove hunting reports found on a website for certain areas are not going to be entirely accurate. The report might be accurate for that particular spot and is probably a decent predictor for what the hunting is going to be like the next few days. But hunters can be disappointed to find these reports entirely off base. The reason being is this: dove activity on one piece of property is completely independent of the activity a few hundred yards away, or even across the county road. For instance, one report might state that dove hunting in west Bexar county is exceptional, while another report given for the same side of San Antonio shows hunters being skunked.
Dove hunting in the San Antonio area enjoys large groups of "city birds", being flights of white-wing and mourning dove that venture outside the San Antonio city limits to feed in the surrounding fields.
San Antonio Dove Season Leases
If you're looking for dove leases in South Texas, San Antonio is the place to start your search. Many area landowners reside in San Antonio and advertise in area newspapers. Hunting magazines and hunting web sites also have information for season long dove leases. Dove leases in the San Antonio area afford hunters the ability to get their limit of birds and be back at the house in time for dinner. Season leases are perfect for groups of like minded dove hunters to spend time together on a regular basis.
San Antonio Dove Hunting Day Leases
Hunters looking for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie can easily find a day lease for wing shooting activities. Small towns and communities in the area will have day lease dove hunting information readily available at almost any location. Local convenience stores will quite often know a landowner that offering a dove hunting day lease or will usually have flyers advertising day hunting posted in the store. Usually, if you start looking for a day lease in the early afternoon, you'll find something well before the birds fly and the hunt starts.
Dove Hunting Guides
Grain brokers, as they're sometimes called, have made deals with area landowners and farmers before the season starts. The hunting guide will have a group of hunters meet at a location before the birds start to fly and then caravan to the bird hunting spot which may be a water tank, corn field, milo field, or other crop that attracts dove. Depending on the size of the hunting area, space may be limited for hunters. Dove guides are in constant contact with landowners so they know where the birds are and can almost guarantee a limit for hunters with varying shooting skills. Check with the local chamber of commerce in the town you want to hunt or talk to a local resident. Dove hunting guides almost always put hunters on the birds.