When we first acquired our new property as we expanded Cross Creek Cattle Company, we were impressed by the amount of wildlife on the land. Deer, hogs, and dove call it home in large populations. For the first time in our ranch’s history, we considered branching out into a different business: day dove hunts.
In some ways, both businesses are similar. We are offering an opportunity for people to bring home food to their families. According to American Wild Game, domesticated dove or farm-raised dove are higher in fat and calories with less protein compared to dove found in their natural environments. Wild dove is almost 23% protein with less than 2% fat. Dove is also delicious.
I grew up eating dove as my dad’s family were big hunters. The family still talks about how I would eat them like candy. I just could not get enough. Last year, my older sons and their uncles went hunting and came home with their catch. After a simple preparation, I realized that I have not outgrown my liking for dove. What a treat!
In order to prepare for dove hunting, we specifically chose a spot between three stock ponds to ensure good, fresh water for the birds. My husband also planted acres of land in Milo, a.k.a. sorghum, to give the dove what they need food-wise. It is protected by strands of hot wire to keep out cattle, hogs, etc.
As luck would have it, a good friend, who is an experienced hunting guide, just moved into our area. He immediately agreed to serve as our hunting guide for these day hunts. If you are interested in setting up a day dove hunt or have questions, you will need to contact Bill Adams at (830)591-6116.
We are charging $75.00 a day. The hunting ground is located in Grimes County just north of Plantersville on CR 208 off of FM 1774.
Please help us get the word out. If you know a hunter, a father/son wanting to spend the day together, or someone like myself who loves to eat dove, please tell them about the Cross Creek Cattle Company Day Dove Hunts.