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Old September 1, 2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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Dove Opener!!! Got ?'s

Hello all. Super excited to go dove hunting in about 3 hours- my first time. I have a few quick questions. I'm hunting a foothill area here in Southern California, and it's about 90-95 degrees. How long can I wait to breast each dove. I ask because this area has quite a few birds, and I'd like to try and shoot 3 or 4 before breasting them and putting them on ice.

My second question is about how to cook the meat. When I shoot cotttontail this early in the season, I always soak the meat in saltwater overnight in the refrigerator. I've been told this helps pull potential parasites out of the rabbit's meat, especially rabbits/jacks shot in hot weather. Should I soak my dove's in salt water that I shoot in this hot weather as well?
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