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Kevin Hahn

Food Plotting

A Foggy Start for Opening Day

Sun, September 01, 2013

Opening day of dove season is one of my family’s favorite events.  Dove hunting is how I was introduced to hunting as a young boy growing up in SE Illinois, and dove hunting is how I introduced my two kids Brandon and Emily to hunting.  My son Brandon, Koda—our young lab, and I hunted a 5 acre sunflower field at Metamora, IL along with 19 other hunters.  My daughter Emily hunted at a sunflower field on the Somer’s farm just south of Bloomington. 

A heavy fog hung over the sunflower fields at both locations resulting in somewhat of a slow start, but the action soon picked up at both locations with both fields having good consistent dove numbers.  All hunters at the Metamora field were able to harvest their limits and the action at the Somer’s farm was just as good.  Note: During the year, I have posted multiple blog articles about the activities associated with growing   sunflowers at these locations.  If you are interested in growing sunflowers for dove food plots, check out this blog article I posted earlier in the year. http://www.heartlandoutdoors.com/food_plotting/story/sunflowers_for_dove_food_plots/


Opening Day Action at Metamora - Click on the video link below.


Photos From the Somer’s farm Dove Hunt.

My daughter Emily with our veteran lab Cooper

Bret Brummer enjoying his first dove hunt over sunflowers

The Somer’s family

Bill Somer’s, a veterinarian by trade, giving dove cleaning instructions.