We are now booking hunts for the first time on “The Perfect Dove Field”. What makes it perfect ?
Well, it’s 120 acres of hybrid oilseed sunflowers fronting on the San Antonio River just 30 minutes from downtown and it’s easily accessed on major highways so there are no long drives on caliche roads. For out of town hunters, it’s closer to Austin and Houston than fields in Lytle, Pearsall, Hondo or Uvalde and there are 10 hotels within 20 minutes of the field.
Unlike other areas in the South Zone, this one has very few dove fields and none with hybrid oilseed sunflowers that we know of. However, there are lots of corn and milo fields plus the natural flyway along the San Antonio River to attract and hold the birds. In short, our field is not competing with thousands of acres of sunflowers for the same birds like many other fields are.
Another reason we call it “The Perfect Dove Field“ is that it is over a mile long by a ¼ of a mile wide so there’s plenty of room to spread everyone out and the perimeter is lined with large trees so everyone can park, and sit, in the shade. It also has sandy loam soil and the paved roads running down the side of the property so we can get in the field if it rains and it even has a C-store across the street if you run out of supplies.
We’ll be hunting weekend afternoons only and no one will be allowed to hunt the middle of the field or the east fence line. That way, many of the birds can come in to feed without being shot at and they won’t feel over pressured and leave the area. We will also limit the total number of hunters to roughly half the number on most fields like this. Our hunt dates are September 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16. Cost is $100 per gun per day, active or retired military gets a 20% discount and kids under 18 are half price.