Wingshooting 101: Sweaty summer practice can lead to sweet September dove success

Settling in on right shooting combo, proper form during July's heat can lead to good dove hunting results later this fall.

Updated: July 31, 2005, 4:47 PM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPNOutdoors.com associate editor — July 20, 2005

During the offseason it's not infrequent we dream about days in the field to come … and my attention is quickly turning to one of the most magical days of the year for a hunter — the Sept. 1 national dove-season opener.

When the last day of August has fallen from the calendar, give me my trusty shotgun, a box — actually, a few boxes — of my favorite upland bird-hunting loads and a jug of cold water, and this camouflaged boy is ready to go hunting!

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