Opening-Day Doves Provided that the hunter selects his hide wisely, shots taken during the early portion of season—especially on opening day—usually occur at close range on doves in predictable patterns. This enables the use of lightweight payloads propelled to high velocities. The result is less perceived recoil—a consideration for high-volume hunts—as well as a reduction in the lead required to connect with birds.
Distant Doves As dove season progresses, the average shot distance increases—sometimes significantly so. “Reaching out” requires a specialized load, such as the recipe below. Propelling Ballistic Products, Inc.’s (ballistic products.com) Trap Commander (Z21) wad with 11⁄8 ozs. of nickel-plated lead No. 7 1/2 shot to 1292 f.p.s. results in a load that will down distant doves with authority.