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        Scouting the Best Dove Field

        Scouting the Best Dove Field

        By sightmark  

        According to the 2020 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service surveys, some 749,000 hunters harvested approximately 13 million doves, from an estimated population of 63 million birds.”

        An essential step to a successful dove hunt is scouting the best fields.

        If you don’t have a good spot on opening weekend, your chances of success exponentially decrease with each day that passes. Doves respond to hunting pressure and because opening weekend is crowded and the bag limit is high comparingly to other wing hunting, it is inevitable that dove hunting becomes increasingly challenging.

        That is why it is so important to scan your spots a week or two before September 1.

        There is no guarantee that last year’s honey hole, especially if it isn’t yours, will still be the sweet spot. Watering holes dry up, farmers switch or don’t plant crops—they may not have cut their field yet, land development and plenty of other factors affect doves’ feeding, watering and roosting grounds.

        Typically, dove hunting doesn’t require as much preparation as deer hunting does. Most dove hunters wear drab colors, pack up a chair, ammo and a shotgun and post up in the nearest open field. Even though doves are the most bountiful bird in North America, you still run the risk of not hitting your limit that first day—especially if you haven’t done your homework.

        You’re more likely to be successful if you approach your dove hunt like you do deer. An essential step is scouting.

        All you need to scout and scan for this year’s dove field is a car, time and some good binoculars.

        Finding the Best Dove Field

        Doves eat anywhere from 14 to 20 percent of their weight a day. Seeds are their primary diet. They prefer open grain fields, freshly harvested—wheat, barley, corn and sunflower fields are prime feeding grounds. These grain fields edged with tall, sparse dead trees or power lines are where you will find the perch sights doves like. Scan for these entry and exit points because doves use these outlying trees to watch the fields for predators before flying in to feed.

        Watering Holes

        All you need to scout and scan for this year’s dove field is a car, time and some good binoculars.

        Doves typically fly into a water source at least once a day, usually in the evening right before roosting. Like their feeding ground, doves prefer a flat area with a place nearby to perch and watch before committing to flying in to drink.

        Cattle ponds should be easy to find, and the vegetation will already be stomped down. Look for ponds with low banks and sandy areas where it is easy for doves to land and keep watch.

        Timing

        The best time to hunt doves is early morning and right before dusk. However, since this is known to seasoned dove hunters, the fields will empty out from late morning/lunch to mid-afternoon. During this time, you probably won’t have flocks flying in, you’ll spot singles and pairs without the competition of other hunters. If the doves are flying slow, don’t be discouraged. Wait it out. They’ll come back—especially if you’ve already scouted the location.

        When scouting, go at the same time you plan to hunt. This will ensure you have an adequate understanding of when and where the doves are flying and their different flight patterns.

        What Not to Do

        Avoid public, popular fields and sneak off to lesser-known, out-of-the-way places. When doves feel pressure from one field, they will push out to other fields. Public hunting land will fill up fast opening weekend. Don’t be afraid to knock on doors, become friendly with farmers and ask for permission to hunt on private land.

        There is still plenty of time left to scout out the perfect spots. Don’t forget to clean your shotgun and check to make sure your license is current.

        Tell us your dove hunting stories in the comment section.

        Looking for a pair of great binoculars? Click here!

        Accudot Laser Boresights Save You Time and Money!

        Accudot Laser Boresights Save You Time and Money!

        By Sightmark  

        How Do Boresights Help?

        The verdict on laser boresights has been in for quite awhile. They are powerful red laser devices that enable firearm users to quickly sight-in their gun without expending unnecessary time and ammunition.

        It’s important for customers to understand that laser boresights will not ‘zero’ your firearm. Instead, they will ‘boresight’ your firearm. Boresights are excellent for long-range riflescopes and shorter-range red dot optics.

        After chambering a laser boresight, look through your rifle scope (or other optic) and settle the reticle on your target. Then, adjust your windage and elevation turrets until the center of the reticle is aligned with the boresight’s laser. Now your firearm is ‘boresighted’.

        Accudot Packaging

        After this process, the firearm needs to be taken to a range. After removing the boresight, you will fire live rounds, making small adjustments until the center of the reticle is perfectly aligned with where the bullets are actually impacting the target. Once this process in complete, the firearm is ‘zeroed’.

        Again, laser sights will get your accuracy ‘on paper’ and save you tons of money on time and ammunition, but they will not ‘zero’ your firearm alone.

        How Are Accudot Boresights Different?

        Sightmark Accudot boresights are premium boresights made from machined brass. Unlike most boresights, Accudots are rechargeable, so there’s no need to stress about finding AG3 or LR754 batteries. Simply place the Accudot in the charger—then connect to a wall outlet via the provided USB cable—and a few hours later, it’s fully-powered.

        Additionally, Accudots don’t actually ‘power-on’ and emit a red laser until they’re in the chamber and the firearm’s bolt closes. That means the vast majority of the time, when they’re not in use, they’re not using battery power.

        Accudot bore sights are highly power-consumption efficient!

        Which Calibers Are Offered?

        Accudot boresights are offered in several popular calibers.


        Available Accudot Calibers

        For those who love bird hunting and skeet shooting, Accudots are available for 12 gauge shotguns.

        If your primary interest is hunting larger-game animals like deer, pig or varmint, there is a single Accudot available for .30-06, .270 and .25-06, which are some of the most popular hunting calibers in the world!

        For self-defense, target-shooters or competitive shooters, Accudots are available in all the most popular rifle calibers. There is one boresight for .223 and 5.56×45.

        There is another, separate Accudot for .243, .308 and 7.62×54.

        And of course, the most popular pistol caliber in the world—9mm—there is an Accudot for that.

        The Absolute Best Deal in the Industry

        There is not any true competition for Sightmark Accudot Laser Boresights. They save users gobs of time and ammunition, leaving customers with more time at the range, in the bush or wherever their firearm activities take them!

        Accudots are extremely power efficient and are offered in a variety of the most popular calibers in the world.

        And if your Sightmark Accudot Boresight doesn’t perform as expected, it comes with a Lifetime Warranty! After purchasing your Accudot, simply ensure that you register your product and you can rest assured knowing you have the full confidence and backing of Sightmark’s commitment to quality!

        Have you tried Sightmark Accudot Laser Boresights before? How did they perform? Let us know in the comments!

        Sightmark is Participating in an Outdoor Summer Gear Sweepstakes Worth $10,000!

        Sightmark is Participating in an Outdoor Summer Gear Sweepstakes Worth $10,000!

        By Sightmark  

        Sightmark is partnering with several elite outdoor lifestyle brands to raffle $10,000 worth of products to ONE lucky person! This “Summer Sports Package” is available for contestants in the USA only.

        The entry link is at the bottom of this page.

        The sweepstakes items include:

        Sightmark’s Wraith 4K Max digital riflescope is a harmony of technology, power and precision. In low-light conditions, the Wraith 4K Max utilizes an enhanced ultra-high definition 4000×3000 digital CMOS sensor to detect objects up to 300 yards away, and in daylight, this detection range is even further.

        The Wraith 4K’s sharp 1280×720 display resolution delivers crystal-clear imaging while 3-24x digital magnification gives users the versatility to adjust as needed. The Wraith 4K’s 850nm IR illuminator features 90 minutes of operating time on max, and its night vision mode and daytime color mode offer crisp, vibrant views of the environment. With a hardy aluminum housing, the Wraith 4K boasts built-in UHD 4K video recording with audio, 10 reticle options and an IPX5 water-resistant rating. Its rechargeable, internal battery provides up to 8 hours of power.

        The next generation of Pulsar’s premium binoculars has arrived! The Accolade 2 LRF (Laser Range Finder) XP50 has finally emerged from the laboratory, and it’s a triumph of craftsmanship and technology. With a full-color 640×480 AMOLED display, the Accolade 2 ensures vivid, flawless imaging and power conservation. The Accolade 2 also features a built-in video recorder and camera to permanently capture footage and memories, NETD <40mK (noise-equivalent temperature difference) detail-recognition in rain, fog, ice or other adverse weather.

        The Accolade 2’s onboard LRF can detect an adult-sized object up to 1000 yards in zero-light conditions, making it the most powerful LRF available today. The Accolade 2 also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, direct image streaming, 8x digital zoom, picture-in-picture, rechargeable batteries and an IPX7 waterproof rating.

        The Kopfjäger K700 AMT Tripod with Reaper Grip includes a heavy-duty tripod and Reaper Grip rest. The tripod is crafted of a sturdy aluminum material and features 3-level leg extensions with locking levers.

        The Reaper Grip boasts an adjustable, pivoting grip designed to accommodate both tapered and straight stocks and chassis without allowing recoil movement. The K700 Tripod and Reaper Grip Kit provides 360° smooth pan and a tilt range of 109° (21° up and 87° down) and is built to handle harsh environments.

        1 – 66LRX rifle light with remote wired Eliminator switch that you can turn the light on half power or full power and works both as a pressure switch and on/off switch.
        1-4 LED modules in your choice of color(Red, Green, White, IR). The LED module color determines the color of light your light will emit. Choose your LED modules color(s) above. LED modules can be changed in the light in just seconds as it simply screws in and out.
        1 – Lens cover to protect the lens when not in use.
        1 – Normal flashlight tail cap
        1 – 18650 Fast Battery charger with USB plug, AC and DC adapter plugs. Will charge 1 fully drained 18650 3500mA battery in about 1.5 hours.
        2 – 18650 3500ma protected batteries made by Samsung.
        1 – Predator Pro mount
        1 – Quality Hard case with custom cut EVA foam.

        The OUTLAW Programmable Game Call/Decoy Combo offers professional grade durability, sound quality, volume level, long range remote activation and features that make it a snap to operate during a hectic predator stand. Developed by and for professional predator hunters who demand performance and still want a practically priced product.

        Follow the above link to examine the Googan Squad’s Bundle Contents! Note – Googan is including more product than what is shown in the link.

        Click on the following link to access the entry page!

        https://gleam.io/widIV/a-complete-all-outdoor-sportsmens-summer-sweepstakes

        To multiply your entries and CHANCES TO WIN, follow and subscribe to the listed social media channels and brand newsletters! There are multiple ways to increase your chances to win, so get er’ done!

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