Update on Fields / Book Now

By Ryan Gardner
Friday, May 21, 2021


The following is an update on the fields / property being prepared now for dove hunts:

  • May 10, 2021 - at my farm the 200 to 220 acres of plowed fields were planted with black oil sunflowers;
    • The May 10 planting was right before the farm received 1.6 inches of rain on May 11, 2021 and 2.5 inches on May 17-18, 2021;
  • In May 2021 – at other farmers’ property that we have hunting rights, such farmers have planted milo on about 500 to 600 acres;
  • Wild sunflowers growing on around 600 to 700 acres which we have hunting rights;
  • Total from above of 1,300 to 1,520 acres of fields – some black oil, some milo and some wild sunflower fields; and
  • Hopefully, we have 3 to 5 stock tanks that are full of water.

Please pray for continued rain (1 inch of rain every couple of weeks, or 2 to 3 inches a month and not the normal 6 inches in one weekend and no rain thereafter for 3 months) for the next 90 days (growing to harvest time for the black oil sunflowers and milo is 90 to 100 days). The rain prayer is selfish on my part, but such prayer is also for my farming friends who prefer to collect market return on their work on thousands of acres (i.e., most individual farmers must farm 2,000 to 3,000 acres today based on the yields thereto) and not try to recover planting costs through crop insurance and pay other bills via subsidies.

Book now:

We have openings for the full package and day hunts for hunting September 1 and September 2.

We are fully booked for opening weekend for the full package and still booking for day hunts.

We are partially booked for the second weekend for the full package and still booking for day hunts.

We have a group looking at taking most of the full package on the third weekend and another group for the fourth weekend, but until we have applicable deposits the third weekend and fourth weekend full packages are open and all day hunts are open.

We are sending out around 3,800 flyers all over Texas in advertisement this next week. Thereafter, we should send another 2,000 plus flyers in July.

If you have not made your reservation (hotel and outfitter for day hunts, or outfitter for full package) and want to dove hunt the first weekend to fourth weekend of dove season, DO IT NOW.

Help Me, Help You:

Pick up your hulls (hulls do kill cows).

Pick up your trash.

Don’t clean birds and leave remains in the field.

Don’t press down on fences to cross (go under or to a clearing) as farmer has to pull fence back up and potentially rework the fence.

Close gates and lock up.

If you were out of town and had friends coming over to use your backyard pool and outdoor kitchen, would you want the fence that keeps your dog in pushed down where the dog can escape, the fence left open where the dog can get out, the friends pool toys left in your pool, trash left on the concrete around the pool, and soft drink cans and food wrappers left in your outdoor kitchen? Obviously, the answer is no, if you love your dog and take pride in your property.

Take that same idea and apply it to the farmers’ backyard. Farmers take pride in their land, just as I do, so please likewise take pride in that land with them.

If you cannot take pride in the farmers’ land, please don’t book with me, because I am going to protect my farmers at all costs.