7 Tips for a Successful Dove Hunt

7 Tips for a Successful Dove Hunt

Dove Hunting Colorado

Autumn is finally here and that means Colorado dove season is in full swing! When it comes to upland bird hunting, doves can be one of the most challenging to bag due to their speed and small size. So, to help you fill that 15-bird daily limit, here are some tips from Longmeadow to make sure that your next hunt is a smashing success.

1. The Early Hunter Gets The Bird

Dove Hunting Colorado

Dove season in Colorado typically starts September 1st, and can run into November depending on weather conditions and migration patterns. However, the earlier you can get out there, the better chance you stand of reaching that daily bag limit. Most of the fair-weather bird, such as mourning doves, will be gone by the time the first cold snap rolls around, so it’s important to get out there as soon as possible. Fortunately for our hunters, Longmeadow is situated right in the middle of the fly-way, and as such we regularly see an abundance of doves well into the later part of the season. Likewise, our Game Resort is home to a healthy population of eurasian collared doves that stay in the area throughout the winter, so at Longmeadow it’s never too late for a hunt!

2. Maintain a Good Lead on Your Target

Dove Hunting Colorado

When it comes to hunting doves, there is one thing that should always be at the back of your mind; LEAD YOUR TARGET! Doves are extremely fast flyers, and can reach speeds in excess of 55 mph. How much you should lead depends on several different factors including wind speed, how fast the bird is moving, and how far you are from the target. Like in golf, follow-through is also crucial to the success of any shot, and you should swing the barrel of your gun past the target to maintain your lead even after you’ve pulled the trigger. Hands down the best way to improve your dove hunting skills is to practice on a sporting clays course. Thankfully for our hunters, Longmeadow has a state-of-the-art, 15 station sporting clays course that you can hone your skills at before ever stepping foot into the field! If you would like to shoot the course, book your next hunt, or both, give us a call at 970-467-4868

3. Don’t Forget the Decoys

Dove Hunting Colorado

While most dove hunts primarily consist of passing shot at birds that are flying to and from feeding sites and roosts, that isn’t to say that decoys can’t be of use. Placing dove decoys in appropriate spots can help entice real birds to land well within the range of your shotgun. As the season progresses and the birds become ever more suspicious, planting decoys becomes an even more valid tactic. Feel free to bring your own, or ask our expert guides about using decoys on your next Longmeadow dove hunt!

4. Stay Hidden, Stop Missin’Dove Hunting Colorado

If your trying to reach that daily bag limit, standing out in the open is never the best strategy. While this may work on the morning of opening day, the birds will quickly wise up, and before long they begin to avoid anyone not concealed by some sort of vegetation or cover. Doves are much more sensitive to movement than they are to color, so unlike turkey and waterfowl hunting, it is not necessary to wear full camo when hunting doves. That being said, it is still important not to stand out too much, so wearing dull, natural colors, and taking cover in tall grass or beneath some trees will help you have a more successful hunt!

5. Get Yourself Some Glasses

Dove Hunting Colorado

We’re not talking just any old pair of Oakelys though! The difference that a good pair of colored shooting glasses can make is often astounding to those that have never tried them before. While your typical pair of sunglasses just tend to make everything darker, orange, rose, and amber tinted shooting glasses are specifically designed to make things more vibrant and reduce harsh shadows. In addition to helping protect your eyes from harmful UV light, they also restrict your pupils which improves depth perception and makes it much easier to separate your target from the background. It’s best to try several different colors to find which works best for your eyes. Again, the best way to test this without wasting time in the field is to try out a few different paris of shooting glasses next time your at the sporting clays range

6. Don’t Make Us Beg, Know The Rules And RegsDove Hunting Colorado

Before you ever step foot into the field, it is your responsibility as a hunter to make sure that you are in full compliance with all state rules and regulations. Colorado Parks & Wildlife has several excellent resources to help you brush up on everything you need to know before starting your next hunt. The Colorado Small Game & Waterfowl Brochure is an especially useful resource when it comes to dove hunting as it contains important info about season dates, daily bag limits, small game licenses, and other helpful hunting tips that will make your next hunt a success.

7. Stay Cool, Stay HIP

Dove Hunting Colorado

Forgetting to register for a HIP identification number is something that is often overlooked by each year by small game hunters. The Harvest Information Program, or HIP, is an indispensable tool that wildlife managers use to develop harvest estimates for doves and other migratory birds. Both a small game license and HIP number are required to hunt doves in Colorado. You can register for a number and complete this fast and easy process by visiting the Colorado HIP website or by calling 1-866-COLOHIP

We hope you enjoyed this list of 7 Tips for a Successful Dove Hunt!

If you would like to schedule your next dove hunt or shoot out sporting clays course, please contact Tye Stencel by email at tye@longmeadoweventcenter.com or by phone at 970-467-4868

Charity Sporting Clays Tournament

Charity Sporting Clays Tournament for Junior Achievement Programs in Northeastern Colorado

Help support an amazing cause!

Join us at Longmeadow Clays Club for the upcoming Charity Sporting Clays Tournament to benefit Junior Achievement Programs in Northeastern Colorado. Learn more about Colorado Junior Achievement Programs at jacolorado.org

ALL SHOOTERS WELCOME!!!

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Call today to get signed up at 970-490-1034
or email Elizabeth at ewinn@jacolorado.org

Charity Sporting Clays Tournament

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Charity Sporting Clays Tournament

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NSCA Super Sport

NSCA Super Sport, Sub Gauge, True Pair

NSCA Super Sport - Longmeadow Clays Club

Longmeadow Clays Club and the NSCA would like to invite you to join us for two days of awesome shooting sports action! Longmeadow Clays Club will be hosting a number of Super Sport, Sub Gauge, and True Pair events. All registered NSCA/CSCA members are welcome and encouraged to participate in this amazing competition. Check below for more details about the shoot, and call 970-483-8368, or email Heath Stencel at heath@longmeadoweventcenter.com to get signed up today!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • Registration (PDH – Clays Course Entrance) – Not Lodge) – 8:30am
    • 10am – 150 Super Sport (Squaded – 14 Stations)
    • 12:30pm – Lunch/Reset
    • After Lunch – 5:30pm (European)
      • Stations 1-7 (75 Clay – 28/410)
      • Stations 8-14 (75 Clay – 20/pump)
      • True Pair All Stations (100 Clays)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • Registration (At Lodge) – European Beginning 8:30am
    • 9am – 4pm – All Events
    • Stations 1-7 (75 Clay – 28/410)
    • Stations 8-14 (75 Clay – 20/pump)
      • True Pair All Stations (100 Clays)

Costs

  • Super Sport – $90
  • True Pair – $55
  • Sub Gauge – $40/Event
    • All come with lunch

Not an NSCA/CSCA Member?

Not a registered NSCA/CSCA Shooter? Or has it Been longer than 3 years since your last shoot?

TRY THE NSCA LIMITED MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM!!!
 
Learn more at the NSCA Website
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NSCA Summer Time 100 + 100

NSCA Summer Time 100 + 100

Looking for a way to get outside now that summer is here?

Come on out to Longmeadow and shoot the NSCA Summer Time 100 + 100 with us!NSCA Summer Time 100 + 100 - Longmeadow Clays Club

Registration begins at 8:30am 
Main event at 10:00am, 2nd 100 at 1:00pm
$60 for the first 100, $40 for 2nd 100 
(Lunch Included)

Call 970-483-8368 to register today!

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NSCA Memorial Day 100 + 100

NSCA Memorial Day 100 +100An American Flag on a wooden background - Memorial Day 100 + 100 - Longmeadow Clays Club

Help us Celebrate Memorial Day the right Way!

Longmeadow Clays Club  and the NSCA

present

The Memorial Day 100 + 100 on 

Monday, May 28th, 2018!

Call today to get signed up at 970 483-8368
 
ALL SHOOTERS WELCOME!!! 
Registration begins at 8:30am
Main event at 10:00am, 2nd 100 at 1:00pm
$60 for the first 100, $40 for 2nd 100 
(Lunch Included)
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Overnight accommodations available onsite at 970 483-8368

NECCOGA Trap & Sporting Clays Shoot

NECCOGA Trap & Sporting Clays Shoot

NECCOGA Trap & Sporting Clays Shoot - Event Flyer
The annual Northeast Chapter of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association Trap & Sporting Clays Shoot will be held on Saturday, May 12th, 2018. The shoot will be held at Longmeadow Event Center, 8604 County Road 6, Wiggins, Colorado 80654

This years’ shoot will consist of teams of Four (4) shooters per team. Each person will shoot 100 sporting clays. There will be prizes for first and second place teams. Prizes will also be awarded for overall high score. The cost per team for this years’ tournament will be $400. Shooting will commence at 9:00AM. Check in at 8, with Lunch to follow!

Shooters are required to supply their own ammunition 71/2 or lower 12 gauge or lower and their own eye and ear protection, (Longmeadow has limited ammo if needed.) Included are a Sponsorship/ Registration Form. We encourage you to get them sent in as soon as possible.

Although the tournament is being held and sponsored by the Oil & Gas industry, it will be open to the public. It is the desire of the Northeast Chapter of COGA and the tournament Committee to use this opportunity to further positive relationships with all the people who prosper from the presence of a strong oil & gas industry.

Please do not bring alcohol on the premises.

All proceeds will be used to fund the NECCOGA Scholarship Fund!

Download the Team sign up form below:

NECCOGA Spring Trap Shoot 2018

Learn more about The Northeast Chapter of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association at their website!

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Jamie and Emma Willert Memorial Fundraiser Shoot

Jamie and Emma Willert Memorial Fundraiser ShootA photo of Jamie and Emma Willert

We lost two amazing members of the Longmeadow Family this month, Jamie and Emma Willert. They passed away in a tragic car accident on March 15, 2018. We will miss them dearly and, although we mourn the loss of these two beautiful souls, we know that heaven gained two angels which warms our hearts. We held a memorial here at Longmeadow on Thursday, March 22nd with overwhelming support from the local community and over 200 guests in attendance. A huge thanks to all who pitched-in to help! Hunter and Ross are doing well and appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers and support. If you wish to submit a financial contribution to the family, they have set-up both a local account under the name Willert Memorial Fund at High Plains Bank, and a gofundme account which you can access at www.gofundme.com
 
Longmeadow Clays Club will be holding a memorial sporting clays fundraiser for Jamie and Emma Willert on SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2018!!!
 
Registration will still open at 8:30am and the shoot will start at 10am. Lunch, prizes and drawing opportunities will be provided. Come help us support a family in need, hope to see you there!
 
Also, a friendly reminder to new shooters: Ammo is NOT included and shooters will need a minimum of 100 rounds of 7 ½ or 8 shot target loads.
 
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7 Tips for Sporting Clays

7 Tips for Sporting Clays

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When it comes to clays, MEC Shooting Sports really knows what they’re talking about! So, what better way to help our shooters get prepared for the upcoming MEC Rocky Mountain Classic at Longmeadow Clays Club on August 2nd – 5th 2018, than by offering some helpful clay shooting tips! These 7 tips for sporting clays will give shooters some quick and easy advice on how to get the most out of their time on the course. Whether you are a greenhorn, a veteran sharp shooter, or somewhere in between, these tips can help you develop your skills and get the most out of your shooting experience. This advice comes straight from the MEC experts themselves, and if you would like to read the full article on helpful clay shooting tips, head on over to their website!

  1. Safety First

    As with anything involving firearms, safety come first! While on any course or range, appropriate hearing and eye protection must be worn AT ALL TIMES. Your gun should remain unloaded until you are ready to fire, but as most shooters know, all firearms should always be treated as if it were loaded. When out on the course, make sure that you gun is unloaded before crossing difficult terrain like a ditch, creek, or tall vegetation. The muzzle of your gun should always be pointed downward towards the ground until you are ready to fire, and remember, never point a gun at anything your not ready to shoot!

  2. Find the right gun fit

    If you want to have any hope of hitting your targets, you need to make sure that you are using a gun that fits your size and stature. Finding the right gun will drastically help your aim, and will help you actually hit what you are look at. To preform a test to determine if your gun is the right fit for you, begin by setting up a target board at 16 yards. Then, mount and fire several shots by pointing at the target without aiming. After this test, if you find the that highest density point is off center, you are going to want to look into having your gun fitted.

  3. Practice mounts with an unloaded gun

    As the saying goes, practice makes perfect! Even the best shots in the world have spent countless hours practicing and honing their skills. Making 10 practice mounts/swings part of your daily routine will help to drastically improve your shots. Practicing in front of a mirror is a good way to make sure that your are mounting the gun from the same position on your face every time, as you want to avoid mounting it to your shoulder. Try to focus on creating a smooth swing and follow through, and remember to keep your feet narrow while practicing.

  4. Don’t stop moving the barrel until you pull the trigger

    When it comes to shooting clays, making sure that you have a consistent follow through is of the utmost importance. The best way to do this is to keep your barrel moving until you actually pull the trigger. Try to keep your dominant eye on the target and follow with the barrel of the gun.

  5. Analyze misses and adjust

    Everyone has an off day every once in a while, but if you do find yourself going through a missing streak, don’t hesitate to take a break and adjust. Take a few minutes to get readjusted and double check that your posture is correct. After that, you will want to look at your lead and increase or decrease as needed.

  6. Use low recoil targets

    As we mentioned before, practice makes perfect. A great wat to improve your marksmanship is to use low recoil load for target practice, and it will also help save your shoulder for those competition shoots! It becomes much easier to focus on your target when you don’t have to deal with the stock constantly slamming into your shoulder. This will also help you get higher velocity shots, as low recoil rounds contain less shot. On top of all this, low recoil shells are also cheaper, and they will break apart clays the same as a normal round.

  7. Proper stance and form are a must

    As your marksmanship progresses, you will want to get in the habit of pointing your gun instead of aiming. In order to do this correctly, your body must be in the right position. Stand with your front leg slightly bent while keeping your your back leg straight. Bend a little at the waist, and slightly lean forward into your gun. Make sure to hold the butt of the gun tightly against your shoulder between your arm and collarbone, and check that the elbow of your shooting arm is parallel with the ground. Place your cheek firmly against the top of the stock so you’re sight plane is level with the rib of the gun and bead at the end of the barrel.

Want to learn more awesome shooting tips? Continue reading the full article HERE, at the MEC Website!

We hope you enjoyed these 7 tips for sporting clays, but do you really want to put them to the test? Sign up for the upcoming MEC Rocky Mountain Classic at Longmeadow Clays Club August 2nd – 5th 2018! This is a NSCA Future Big Blast Event with plenty of option for sub gauge shooters. So come join us for four full days of clays on the beautiful high plains of Colorado!Longmeadow Clays Club - MEC Rocky Mountain Classic Save the Date Flyer - 7 Tips for Sporting Clays

NCMC/EMCHF Double Barrel Blast

NCMC/EMCHF Double Barrel Blast

Double Barrel Blast Event Flyer - Longmeadow Clays Club

Join the NCMC Foundation and East Morgan County Hospital Foundation in supporting Banner Emergency Medical Services for the upcoming Double Barrel Blast Sporting Clays Tournament! Held at the extraordinary Longmeadow Game Resort Clays Club & Event Center in Wiggins, this promises to be an amazing day of sporting clays, food and fundraising for a great cause.

Banner Health EMS Services will benefit from your participation and support through equipment purchase that directly save lives throughout northern and eastern Colorado.

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Double barrel Blast Times and Costs - Longmeadow Clays Club

We are looking for Sponsors!

Station Sponsorship – $700

  • 4 Person Team Entry
  • Signage on one station
  • Opportunity to distribute giveaway
  • Recognition in True North Magazine

Beer Sponsorship – $1200

  • 4 person Team Entry
  • On-Site Signage
  • Opportunity to distribute giveaway
  • Recognition in True North Magazine

Lunch Sponsorship – $1200

  • 4 person Team Entry
  • On-Site Signage
  • Opportunity to distribute giveaway
  • Recognition in True North Magazine

Ammunition Sponsorship – $1200

  • 4 person Team Entry
  • On-Site Signage
  • Opportunity to distribute giveaway
  • Recognition in True North Magazine

For sponsorship opportunities or to register a team or individual shooter,
fill out the information below or contact Kyle Holman at 970-810-2441 or
Kyle.Holman@BannerHealth.com. You can also visit us online at
www.NCMCFoundation.org

Feel free to download the event flyer and sponsorship sign-up form below!

Double Barrel Blast Flyer and Sign Up Form

Colorado’s Toughest 6-2-6

Colorado’s Toughest 6-2-6

at Longmeadow Clays Club

Join us at Longmeadow Clays Club in Wiggins for Colorado’s Toughest 6-2-6 Shoot on Saturday, May 5th 2018! 600 targets, 2 full days, 6 different clubs! Compete with some of the best shooters in the state and feel free to participate at all 6 clubs, or just one or two, the choice is yours!

Register online at www.winscoreonline.com!

Shoot Times:

  • 8:00am
  • 12:00pm
  • 4:00pm

Overnight accommodations available onsite at (970) 483-8368

Colorado's Toughest 6-2-6 Event Flyer - Longmeadow Clays Club

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