Doing the Dove Dance

Public dove fields, many planted in corn, sunflowers and other grains, are scattered across the state to attract doves.

For places to hunt the elusive ‘Carolina pigeon,’ try North Carolina’s game-lands fields.

The best dove hunt floating on top of my memory happened when I was about 12 or 13 years old. My dad and about a dozen of his friends drove to an Alamance County farm.

The group’s alpha male, Lennie, was a respected timber cruiser for a local sawmill who sharpened chain saws at his cigar smoke-filled repair shop at night. Dad and his friends often met at “Lennie’s place” every night after dinner — if they escaped their wives. From two to a half dozen trucks were parked outside while inside these guys spun yarns — some of them true — about their outdoors adventures, exploits of smarter-than-human bird dogs, wily old gobblers, big bucks, dumb relatives, crack shots they’d made and crack pots in Raleigh and Washington, D.C.

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Craig Holt of Snow Camp has been an outdoor writer for almost 40 years, working for several newspapers, then serving as managing editor for North Carolina Sportsman and South Carolina Sportsman before becoming a full-time free-lancer in 2009.

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