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Old 10-05-2013, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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On the bright side... if you have gopher snakes, you generally won't have rattlesnakes!
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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It twas a good day.

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Oooh, dinner
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Old 10-06-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Great job there Elk

Been a few years since I hunted waterfowl, since I lost my last Brittany anyway.

Funny thing, the wife just asked me earlier today why I hadn't hunted birds for a while.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Got them with an old Stevens, single shot 12 ga by Savage. Paid $90 for it in a pawn shop in Charleston South Carolina. It's got a 37 inch barrel. I was engaged in several Turkey Shoots down there and if you have ever been around that area, you know it's a full time sport at the bars. Every bar down there has a 30 yard range set up out back. Your target is a 4 inch square with an x in it. Each target has a serial number on the back, and you have a serial number tore off, in your pocket. But after everybody shoots, the targets are laid out and whoever gets a bb closest to the center, wins a turkey or ham. Of course, you can't see the serial number, so everybody is argueing over which target has a bb the closest and you may be argueing against your own target.

Well, I got tired of loosing. So I went to a pawn shop and bought this old model 94 single shot and then took it to a gun smith. Even though it's a 12 ga, it's got a 16 ga turkey choke in it. Then I had Thompson sights put on the rear, and illuminated optic sight on the front (Turkey shoots are always held at night in the dark). When the smith was done with it, I asked if I could test it in his indoor pistol range. The range was only 27 yards, but I figured it would be a good test for the 30 yard range at the shoots. So I didn't tape a target, I just run the cardboard down on the trolley, clear to the stops. I put one round of #6 shot in it and just wanted to see what kind of pattern it held. I squeezed it off and blew a 4 inch hole in the cardboard. Perfect!

In the next 2 months, I won 54 turkeys and 55 hams. I donated every one of them to the American Legion's food program for the low income folks, before Thanksgiving. Well, I did keep one ham. I was living in a RV and I couldn't use any of those. They wouldn't fit in my freezer, nor in my oven. But one night at a shoot, they run out of hams so the owner of the bar run to the local grocery store and bought some more. They were thawed out. So when I won a ham that was thawed out, I kept it because I could cut it in quarters and get it to fit in my little rv freezer.

I had 3 guns I took to the shoots. I had an old double auto, all scroll'd and inlayed silver and gold. I had a 20ga bolt action with a poly adjustable choke. And this gun. If there were kids at the shoot, I'd talk them into trying for a turkey or ham, I'd pay their entry fee, let them shoot the 20ga, and if they won, they could keep the turkey or ham. I wouldn't shoot. If there were women shooting, I'd use the double auto, it also had a poly. But when the hard core shooters would get up there, I'd break out the Stevens. One guy I always like to beat was a guy that spent $4,000 on a shotgun. Bull barrel, 38 inches long, adjustable strippers and a optic red dot scope.

But until today, I hadn't pulled the trigger on a shotgun since 1999. Felt good to get back into it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I had a Stevens single shot 12 guage, great gun, paid $30 for it at a gun show. Got it when I was a kid just out of high school, so very little money.

It had a nail for a firing pin, but it worked.

Only thing I had against it was that every time you fired it, the forearm would fall off and when you went to reload, the barrel fell off. Kind of tough for those quick follow ups

Now I have a Winchester 1200 pump. Works better on waterfowl than uplands, it has a screw in choke for versitility.

To be honest, I think that old Stevens is more accurate, but I gave it to my mother to shoot skunks with a long time ago.

I really enjoyed bird hunting, but lately it seems that there aren't very many birds in the areas I usually hunt, and with out a dog, I guess I just fell out of the habit.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Did some bird hunting this weekend.




Went with a guy I met at dog trainings. This is the first time I've shot waterfowl. I never really had an interest to hunt ducks or geese back east even though my old neighbor in WV would try to get me to go hunting geese with him..

Schnitzel did fine for his first time 'in the field'. Not gun shy, kept very alert and quiet and he was content to watch my friends 3 yo German Shorthair do all the retrieving from the water. Why not? She'd bring them to shore and then he took them from her.. Life couldn't be easier! So yeah- gotta work on that with the little bugger. All in good time..

And first time out with that Mossberg 500. Not a bad gun at all. Did the trick. No geese flying though, just quackers. Did get a Goldeneye- that's a real pretty bird.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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A friend raised a bird dog from a pup. Entered it in a couple different training classes and the classes were for dry land foul, pheasants and such. But, the dog was of the type to go after ducks and geese, he just hadn't done it, yet.

He went out, threw a decoy out about 20 feet to see how the dog responded. Dog is NOT afraid of water and went right after the bird/decoy. Dog can't swim. He had to wade out and get the dog. Dog floundered and was going down. So he thought maybe some swimming lessons, you know, not training, but get the dog in the water and just play. Dog can't swim. It looks like it's trying to beat the water into submission, dog just can't swim, but he loves the water. hahahaha Dog is eager as hell and will go after anything you tell it to go after, but he just can't swim. He's been working with the dog, in water, for over a year now and he's come to realize, the dog can't swim. So he's got a dry land retriever.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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The mind is willing but the bodies not able... Sounds like me in the mornings!

My guy is a great swimmer. Toss a bumper 30 yards and he is right out there and gets it. He planes great and has a great water stride.

He's just smart to figure out "Hey- I don't need to get cold and wet.. The birds coming back without me!" Apparently pretty common with German Shorthairs when they are young.
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Summerville SC
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Hello everyone !
Let me say that I have lurked here for a year or more and now finally registered...
I have the honor of moving to Kalispell with my lovely fiance who is a native homegirl of the Flathead Valley. Yes, giggle if you must but I look forward to the drastic change of scenery ! ElkHunter, I just read your post above on your turkey shoot days here in the LowCountry...I am impressed , Sir !

So anyway, Hi Hello and How Y'all ! I will chime in with some probably silly and/or twisted views on the Montana forum but its only because I am excited about coming to Montana !



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