Even in southern Illinois, the sunflowers are behind.
But we had a wonderful hunt for doves east of Rend Lake this evening on opening day of dove season in Illinois.
For nearly all of us, it was a very humbling experience as we saw just how rusty we were.
Todd Gessner had gathered some friends and outdoor sorts like myself and Don Dziedzina of Illinois Outdoors to kick off a sample of the first blast and cast, morning crappie fishing then afternoon dove hunting, for Todd Gessner Outdoors.
I like the idea a lot and wish more businessmen in the Illinois' outdoor world came up with such ideas.
Hunting success varied from limits to a few birds in hand.
The evening was topped with Todd grilling burgers as the night settled in at field's edge.
Todd and fellow guide Jason Johns figure the dove hunting should hold another two or three weeks with the sunflowers taking longer to dry this year.