Weekend report — dove and teal

aadeddoveThe crew from LSON was spread far and wide this weekend in search of birds.

First, LSON Founder David J. Sams headed to Pleasanton for the opener of the South Zone dove season.

Some of Friday was spent dodging rainstorms as a system swept through parts of Texas.

“We got 1 and 7/8 of an inch of rain this afternoon,” he said Friday. “I finally killed one bird.”

After a slow start, things picked up a bit as Friday afternoon wound down.

“We shot three today,” he reported. “Two hunts were cancelled. We watched it rain and stood under the carport all afternoon. Hello South Zone opener.”

Sams said he talked to several outfitters near Carrizo Springs that said the people that could shoot had their limits by 4:30 on opening day. Some showers rolled through, but not enough to mess up the hunting in many areas.

Craig Nyhus had better success on a lease near De Leon.

After an unsuccessful scouting mission for teal — saw two and killed one — Craig went dove hunting and reported a good shoot.

“Good dove hunt,” Nyhus said. “I have 14, Steve has about the same and Sawyer got here late and has 10 or so.”

Finally, Conor Harrison spent Saturday morning with some friends and Cut ‘em Down Outfitters in Crandall on a teal hunt.

“We had a huge group of about 30 birds decoy at first shooting light,” he said. “We shot 10 out of that bunch, and then reality set in. One small group of three birds buzzed us and we shot one more, but that was it.”

aaeradarSeveral flocks of teal were seen but would not decoy.

“They were flying high and headed somewhere else,” Harrison added. “Still, with the first really cool morning of the season, it felt great to sit in a blind and see a few ducks.”

Read a full report on the opening of the South Zone dove season and early teal in the next issue of LSON, out Friday, Sept. 27.