Opening Day

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LAST FALL I DID an assignment shoot for Outdoor Life magazine where they asked me to pick out a place that dove hunters frequent and capture the experience of opening day. I chose Hondo, Texas. That published spread has just come out in the magazine, so I now have the green light to share a few images from that shoot.

Dove hunting in Texas is a social event, and that’s never more evident in the revelry you’ll find surrounding opening day. It’s a time for friends and family to gather and usher in the new season. Doves fly, guns report, dogs pant, hunters sweat, and farmers cash in. What a great country! More than anything, I enjoy watching the kids on their first dove hunts. This particular shoot had a passle of ’em, and they all killed birds and had a big time.

The 2014 opener is only two weeks away. I can’t wait. How about you?

To see more images from my dove hunting archive, please click here.

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Whitewings strafing sunflowers 

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Picking one out 

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Millie  

Current Status: Now available

Hot…dang hot

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And she probably will

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Once confined to the Rio Grande Valley, whitewings have moved north in great undulating waves 

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First shotgun 

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Help from his grandfather 

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Pushing through the stalks 

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 All hands on deck

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 Bagged for the freezer

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 Tailgate libations after the hunt

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 Friends and family

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Yes, please do

 

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