On sept 15, with only 2 dove for the season, i gave up and started snooping around farms and knocking on doors asking for permission to shoot. felt like a door-to-door shoe salesman. I stood one late afternoon with a ranch foreman, begging for permission (ding-dang dove flying all around us the whole time) and he just didnt have the authority. He did get the owner/lease guy on the phone for me though (how cool was that!) and all i heard was -NO-. I did finally get permission and got super lucky dropping a locals name and got permission to hunt another private area. The area is sick: mullen and safflower, and a little creek, but i was too late. shot out. few old-timers had been there all week. i did manage a few on the last day, and gotta few pigeons which landed right next to my mojo. hysterical.
anyways, if we dont have any water here by november 10th, and no ducks, i will give the dove another chance!