Meridian Star

Outdoors

August 31, 2012

Dove Hunting Memories of Katrina

MERIDIAN —    I’d never met Katrina before, never even heard of her. But I remember the first mention of her name. It was the Hurricane part of her name that got my attention. And then she spoiled our dove hunting party! I really didn’t like the lady then. Yes, she destroyed our hunt and fun!

    But wait; after about three weeks of non-stop work and survival, a few of us got a call. Katrina might have brought about massive destruction and chaos, but she wasn’t going to ruin everything. Scott Davis called and told us the dove hunt was back on! He was going to make sure she didn’t spoil it all.

    I could hardly believe it. Would there be any doves left to hunt? I didn’t know but I was sure that this lady wasn’t going to ruin my fun twice in one season. I’d go and enjoy whatever happened.

           

Anticipation

 

    To say that we were elated to be at the dove field was an understatement. We’d all been affected deeply by the storm and some of us had our lives turned upside down, at least for a little while. But for now our attention turned to hunting; dove hunting that is.

    We met in a rural area of Clarke County, about half a dozen camo clad hunters ready for relief and fast paced action if we could get it. We were we in for a surprise, and a pleasant one at that. We didn’t even know if any birds had survived the storm or if there would be enough to hunt.

    After getting to our assigned spots around the field the sound was almost deafening, or lack of sound that is. Not a shot was heard in the distance, nobody was hunting within hearing distance of us? Maybe nobody else was hunting, or maybe there were not any doves?

    And then I heard a shot across the field from John Lucas. And then another shot and another and then I saw them coming. A group of grey intruders dipped darted and dove into the field and tried to light on top of us. I took a fine bead and my first Katrina bird was history.

    Scott and Richard Davis started hammering them with John Lucas burning them up as well. Volley after volley rang out and doves fell like rain. The more we shot the faster they came in.

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