One of the oldest Thanksgiving Day traditions in the Lowcountry is an afternoon dove hunt. Cold weather had the birds congregating well in the prepared dove field in western Colleton County. A barbecue supper preceded the hunt which began at 2 p.m. when nearly 100 doves were flushed from the field as the hunters took their positions. When the doves started returning to feed, the shooting started and continued in waves as the birds paused and then resumed their attempts to get into the corn and millet over and over again. One of the best hunts of the year ended with many wingshooters taking their legal limit of 15 doves.
For past blog entries on dove hunting click here.
PhotosByJeffDennis: A youth hunter who attended looks at a pile of birds after the hunt; Tom Polk with his limit of 15 doves held by a WinnTuck game strap