New Dove Hunting Gear

Dove hunting may not be as equipment-heavy as the pursuit of other birds, like waterfowl or turkeys. But it does come with new gear options designed to make us better dove hunters and help us enjoy our time in the field. Here are some of the latest products.

As part of their return to the ammunition arena, the folks at Browning have created an excellent dual-purpose sporting shotshell in the Browning Performance Target (BPT). Available in both 12- and 20-gauge formats, the new BPT offers 1- to 1 1/8-ounce loads of No. 7 1/2 or 8 shot, perfect for the dove field, as well as the sporting clays course. MSRP, $8.

Created with the competitive shooter in mind, Winchester’s AA Super Sport Steel is the perfect choice when dove hunting requires a non-toxic alternative. These 1-ounce 12-gauge loads of either No. 7 1/2 or 8 shot clip right along at 1,450 fps. Interesting, too, are Winchester’s TrAAcker target loads that let you see why you missed. MSRP, $8-$10.

Kent Cartridge brings to the shooting platform their latest line of bismuth shotshells. Crafted by a proprietary manufacturing technique, the line features 12-, 16-, 20-, and 28-gauge loadings throwing from 7/8- to 11/4-ounce of No. 4, 5 or 6 non-toxic shot. MSRP, $18-$25 per 10 rounds.

When the doves become schooled in the art of human avoidance, nothing says invisible better than the Feather Slayer Blind from Soar No More. Built around a comfortable camp-style folding chair, the FSB can be set up in 30 seconds and offers a full 360 degrees of unobstructed viewing. Stubble straps allow for the addition of native cover. Backpack straps make hauling it a breeze. MSRP, $140.
Why stand or kneel when you can sit in the dove field in comfort? Plano has a new innovative hunting stool and field box combo. It has huge pockets, a heavy-duty carry strap, integral seat cushion and Mossy Oak camouflage. It weighs only 6 pounds. MSRP, $60.

This interestingly designed combination food bowl-water dish looks more like a DVD case than it does a pet accessory, right down to the size and Cordura nylon construction. Unzipped, however, the unit unfolds to reveal two expandable bowls: a draw-string closure pouch on one side for food, and a wide-mouth container opposite for hydration. MSRP, $20.

SOG Knives hit a homer with their Reactor Multi-Tool. Dove hunters will find 1,001 uses for the Reactor, both afield and at home. Weighing only 4 ounces, the Reactor houses 10 essential tools, including an assisted blade and rugged compound leverage geared pliers. Great for field-dressing or gathering blind materials. MSRP, $64.

Loved by many old-school shotgunners,  the Sweet Sixteen is back! Browning reintroduces an age-old favorite in their 16-gauge Auto-5. The  new SS A5 is available in 26- or 28-inch barrel versions, and tips the scales at 5.12 pounds.MSRP, $1,700.

Designed in collaboration with renowned shooting instructor Gil Ash, Mossberg has introduced its Pro-Series Sporting Model. The Model 930 Pro-Series features everything the competitive sporting clays shooter would want, and then some, like an ergonomically sculpted stock incorporating Mossberg’s stock drop customization system. MSRP, $1,029.

POINTER 1000 FIELD | Legacy Sports
The Pointer Field is a new line of fine over-under sporting shotguns. Available in 12, 20, 28 and .410 gauge, the Pointer line sports Turkish walnut stocks, chrome-moly lined barrels and a high-rib for quick target acquisition. They come with five choke tubes. MSRP, $664.

Known as the founding family of spinning-wing decoys, the minds at Mojo Outdoors have redesigned their dove spinner with a larger, more realistic body, and user-friendly magnetically connected wings. Four AA batteries provide up to 16 hours of continuous use. Comes with three-section, 36-inch pole. MSRP, $45.

DOVE DECOYS | Flambeau Outdoors
There’s nothing fancy or high-tech when it comes to Flambeau’s dove decoys  just deception. The hard-body dove sports a foot-style clip, as well as a back-mounted eyelet for treetop-hanging. The lightweight foam decoy 12 of them weigh less than a pound – fastens easily to fences, branches or low natural cover. MSRP, $35 for 12.

(Source: by M.D. Johnson.

Savage Model 110

The Model 110 was a collection of parts that could be produced cheaply and assembled cheaply. It was the antithesis of the “milled from a block of steel” concept. The rifle was priced at $109.95 and was offered only in .270 and .30/06. Its walnut stock had ghastly lines and awful hand checkering, and the action was cursed with a rotten trigger. But the 110 worked, and it shot well, and people could afford it. It was also made left-handed which, in those times, was nothing short of miraculous.

In 1965, the line had been expanded to include the .22/250, and so I, as a confirmed woodchuck hunter, got one. I found that some things about the 110 were too awful to live with, so I had the factory stock replaced with a Fajen, the trigger ground down to an unsafe 2 pounds, and the nonfunctional rear-sight knot milled off the barrel.

Still and all, that rifle was a shooter. Fifty-two years later I can still remember the handload I used, and its velocity, and the size of the groups. Nicholas Brewer did better than he knew (or maybe he did know). What he worked for was cheap, but in the process of getting it, he also achieved accurate.


But all was not beer and skittles at Savage. It had become a company of outmoded machinery, poor designs, and retiring skilled workers who could not be replaced. In 1972 I visited the Savage plant. There I was shown their rifling machine…which had been installed in 1898, and was a source of considerable pride. Savage passed through the hands of a number of owners, each more incompetent than the last, and by 1988 it was losing $25 million a year and was weeks away from closing its doors.

Two things saved Savage. The first was Ron Coburn, who came to the company just before it was due to go extinct. Coburn looked down the dismal roster of Savage designs and asked, “What can we make that works?” His engineers told him, “The Model 110.” And from that point forward that was all they made, and is pretty much all they now make. Coburn, and Nicholas Brewer’s collection of parts, pulled Savage back from oblivion.


Corned Goose


Skinned breasts from two geese (four pieces total)
½ cup Morton’s Tender Quick
½ cup canning salt
¼ cup sugar
2 qts. Water
6 Tbsp. pickling spices, divided
12 black peppercorns
6-10 garlic cloves, mashed

1. In large pot, mix together the Tender Quick, canning salt, and sugar to the water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Pour the cooled brine over the goose breasts in a plastic, glass, or other non-reactive container. Add 3 Tbsp. peppercorns, pickling spices, and garlic cloves. You may have to weigh the goose down with a plate or board to keep the breasts submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 5 to 7 days, stirring the brine every other day.
3. On St. Patrick’s Day, remove the goose breasts from the brine and rinse them well. Place the breasts in a large pot, cover with cold water and add remaining the 3 Tbsp. of pickling spices. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for at least 3 hours.



Nico Como, Awards and recognition

Nicholas Ernest Como, called Nico by his Spanish friends in the USA and by everyone in Cordoba, is a dear hunter and friend of me, my family and the C&C Outfitters Staff.  He has come to Cordoba, Argentina, to hunt doves and pigeons for his 12th straight year.

Nico writes:  “I counted all my doves that I killed over the 12 years that I have come to Argentina.  It is over 40,000 doves.

We want to recognize that he has come to Argentina to hunt with Nacho and C&C Outfitters every year since 2007.  Nico will gladly explain how good the hunting is with Nacho.  He is 68 years old and will continue to visit Nacho and the beautiful Argentine countryside in the future.

His contact information is;  email address, phone (H) 540-373-8569, or (C) 540-419-4352.

Please feel free to contact him and he will surely tell of the wonderful times he has had with Nacho, the C&C Staff, and the finest dove and pigeon hunting the world has to offer.


Dorado Fishing

​Dorado Description

Dorado (or mahi-mahi as they are called some places or dolphin fish as they are called in other places) are one of the world’s most popular gamefish, and it’s no mystery why that is.  They are spectacularly colored, fight hard and jump when hooked, and taste delicious.  They are abundant in most tropical locales and because they are a fast-growing, short-lived fish they are hungry more often than not.  They die of old age around 5-6 years and attain a maximum weight of around 90lbs.

Words and pictures cannot adequately describe the beauty of a fully lit up Dorado in the water.  I have seen thousands of pictures of Dorado and I can’t remember one that looked as good as the real thing.  They can change the intensity of their colors based on their mood and unfortunately their color usually fades almost immediately after they are brought on board a boat.  By the time they get back to the dock they are usually a dull gray color and you would have a hard time convincing anyone that they are one of the most strikingly colored fish in the ocean.  One of my fishing goals in life to get a picture that truly captures their beauty.  The ones in the gallery below are as close as I’ve gotten so far.

Males, often called “Bulls”, have a large distinctive flat forehead.  They grow bigger than the females, which are called “Cows”.  Most fish over 25lbs or so will be male.

Dorado Tackle

Any medium weight conventional set up should work fine.  A Shimano Trinidad 16N is a good reel for casting.  Unfortunately, Dorado are often hooked when trolling with heavy tackle meant for larger fish such as Marlin and so they are totally outmatched and really don’t get a chance to show what they are made of.  This is one of the great tragedies of sportfishing.  If you hook a 30lb+ Dorado on a lighter saltwater baitcasting rod and reel you are in for quite a fight.

Dorado Tackle

Any medium weight conventional set up should work fine.  A Shimano Trinidad 16N is a good reel for casting.  Unfortunately, Dorado are often hooked when trolling with heavy tackle meant for larger fish such as Marlin and so they are totally outmatched and really don’t get a chance to show what they are made of.  This is one of the great tragedies of sportfishing.  If you hook a 30lb+ Dorado on a lighter saltwater baitcasting rod and reel you are in for quite a fight.

Dorado Baits

Dorado mostly eat fish so traditional baitfish such as sardines and Pacific Mackerel work well.  Larger fish will eat larger baits.  Dorado have relatively small mouths but it always amazes me how they can somehow still engulf relatively large baits.  When they are fired up they will eat almost anything, alive or dead.

Where to get the big Dorado

Any tropical location where there is good fishing for other pelagics such as Marlin or Wahoo should have some Dorado.  Some world-record fish have been caught in the Cabo San Lucas area so that would be a good bet.  After rain flushes debris in the water is a good time to go Dorado hunting as the debris will concentrate them.


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