"I improve my shooting success by first observing birds and patterning them, either while I'm actively shooting or before legal shooting hours," Stevenson says. "Doves use flyways, and I'll watch them to observe their most consistent routes. One of my favorite tactics is to set up over an out-of-the-way pond in late afternoon. Doves need a drink before they roost, and I usually find plenty of action away from other hunters. Whenever possible, I'll move to the most heavily traveled flyways." That's good advice. Whenever I hunt in a group, some guns have more shooting opportunities than others. That's because they're within range of a flyway, which is simply a route used by birds. Some flyways have no rhyme or reason, but most are predictable. Birds flying from one field to another may prefer a certain route-usually along some man-made or geographic feature. During the heat of the day, birds may roost in large, shady trees. In early morning and late afternoon, they'll head for water. Doves also love to sit on power lines and fence wires.