Dove and Bobwhite Quail Hunting in Mexico

Dove Hunting in Mexico

Mexican Dove Hunting is a Buddy Sport

There are many many whitewing and mourning doves in Mexico.  You can usually expect to shoot 100 to 250 rounds on both the morning and evening hunts.  We always went during late August and had a great time.  We did experience some late summer rains and even the trailing edge of a hurricane one time.  My experience with hunting whitewing doves, both in Mexico and the US, is that they stop flying when there is lightening or thunder.  Rain only will slow them down but they still seem to fly. You could do this alone or as a single to join a group but believe me, you’ll have much more fun if you take some of your buddies.

 

It's always more fun with a bunch of friends - and some goofballs.
It’s always more fun with a bunch of friends – and some goofballs.

 

The weather in Mexico can be Unpredictable

We’ve seen all kinds of weather while hunting whitewing and mourning doves in Mexico.  We hunt in late Summer or early Fall so it can be unpredictable – especially as you get closer to the Gulf of Mexico.  Rain storms in the afternoons are not uncommon.  All day rains are very uncommon.  Temperatures can vary but in general, expect 80 to 98 but very high humidity, especially near the coast.

 

Foggy morning waiting for the grey rockets to commence their shenanigans
Foggy morning waiting for the grey rockets to commence their shenanigans

 

The Birdboys are Cool

Do yourself a favor and learn a little Spanish before you go.  All of our hunts had bird boys.  Bird boys are not boys, although some of them may be teenagers. Bird boys are local workers/laborers that are like waiters and busboys out in the field.  They are responsible for making sure you are comfortable and have plenty of birds to shoot.  They also make sure you have plenty of ammo and that your fallen doves are retrieved.  Quite often, there will be two birdboys for each hunter.  One will take care of you and the other will fetch doves.  These guys are full of funny stories about life in Mexico.  If you can afford to pay for a hunt in Mexico then you haven’t experienced their world.  Learn a little Spanish and then listen to their stories.  You’ll enjoy it!

 

Birdboys are amazing. Practice your Spanish before you go down and you'll have twice the fun.
Birdboys are amazing. Practice your Spanish before you go down and you’ll have twice the fun.

 

And they come in a wide variety of ages!

This guy was the best.  I was a bit worried when he was assigned to me that morning because I shoot a lot and therefore drop quite a few birds.  This hunt wouldn’t be a layback and I would need a birdboy that could hustle.  To add to my worries, we only had one bird boy for each of us.  Nevertheless, Paco, my birdboy pictured below, took excellent care of me and found almost every bird.  When he saw me taking pictures, he specifically requested that I take his picture.  Thanks Paco!

 

Birdboys are a key part of the Mexican dove hunting trip.
Birdboys are a key part of the Mexican dove hunting trip.

 

The End of the Hunt is Always the Best

A leisurely walk down a country road with a cool beverage and your good friend.

Swapping stories about fresh memories of that ONE shot that you made.

Life well lived.

Nothing like a little refreshment after sweating out and afternoon hunting dove in Mexico
Nothing like a little refreshment after sweating out an afternoon hunting dove in Mexico

 

And the Lodging Is Wonderful

I’m mostly a hunter but I’m not immune to creature comforts.  Choose your Mexico Dove Hunt lodge carefully and pay attention to the details.  Our lodge was a wonderful oasis amid the South Mexico Desert and we were greeted when we arrived each time by waiters with fresh cold drinks and hot delicious appetizers.  That will be tough to beat!

 

The lodge facilities for dove hunting in Mexico were beautiful and tranquil
The lodge facilities for dove hunting in Mexico were beautiful and tranquil

 

Bobwhite Quail Hunting in Mexico

Quail Hunting is a Buddy Sport Too

But no more than 3 or 4.  Any more than that is dangerous. There are 3 of us here hunting.  The guys in the back are bobwhite quail hunting bird boys.  I’ll take a Mexican birdboy over a Mexican pointing dog any day of the week!

 

What a crew and what a rig!
What a crew and what a rig!

 

There is Nothing like Wingshooting Bobwhite Quail

Well, maybe getting a great photo taken while you’re doing it?

High Flying Bobwhite Quail in Mexico

 

But the Pointing Dogs were Terrible

I don’t know why our Mexican Bobwhite Quail hunting dogs were so terrible.  Probably because there were too many and poorly trained.  They did cover some BIG ground but went so fast that they busted bird coveys left and right.

 

Seriously, these dogs were terrible! They ranged at 600 yards and busted birds everywhere.
Seriously, these dogs were terrible! They ranged at 600 yards and busted birds everywhere.

 

Daybreak Hunting Bobwhite Quail in Mexico

That anticipation.  You know they’re out there because you can hear them.  You know they’re waking up hungry and thirsty.  Now, if you can only find them…….

Nuff said.
Nuff said.
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