Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Where Fellowship and Camaraderie lives: that place where the CPS membership values fun and good fellowship as the cement of the community
User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:44 pm

I planned to go to south Texas for the quail season opener on the 28th, taking an 89 year old attorney friend along as Ive done for the past several years. At the last minute he was invited to go to Houston to the World Series game, and he decided to go. (He didn't even know who was playing; but when you're in a corporate box who cares who's playing).
Anyway, I asked another friend, but he was helping install new sheet-rock in his son's house that got flooded during H. Harvey. Another friend was leaving for Kansas, getting ready for the deer opener there. My wife volunteered to go along, and I said why not, I needed someone to at least open and close gates for me.

The weekend was a bust, as far as bird numbers. Lizzy found one large covey, but the cover was still thick and very grown up, and I missed the couple shots that I took. The usual fields were literally a sea of grass spurs, still on the stems.

Image

They didn't slow Liz down, she went hard, but went through every dog boot I had.

Image

I ended up using baby socks, wrapped with vet tape and secured with duct tape. By the end of the day, the three remaining boots were pretty much worn out and full of spurs.

Image

Image

I did manage to capture her one solid point with my phone, but shamefully missed the bird, trying to shoot with phone in hand.

Image

We took a couple hour break for lunch and a smoke under the mesquite, enjoyed the view, the quiet, a nap, and collected a few mesquite limbs to take home for bbq and fajitas.

Image
Image
Image

A small mesquite twig served as a great pipe tool, and I put it in the truck and brought it home also.

Image

Gaps similar to these, my wife couldn't handle. In fact, it typically takes either the strength of two men, or one of the rancher's grand-daughters to open them.
Image

All in all, it was a good trip, and the sunsets were awesome.

Image

Image

Image

And my dog got to hunt. She ran ~15 miles, and slept good on the trip home.

Image
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
Bloodhound
Cannot Abide That Devil Weed
Cannot Abide That Devil Weed
Posts: 5884
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:00 pm
Location: Rocky Mountains / Colorado
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:23 am

Great pics. Sounds like a great trip...more birds would have better, but getting out with your wife and your dog...looks like a great trip!
Scott ( aka - Thor )
Do Justice...Love Mercy...Walk Humbly With Your GOD

User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:29 am

Thanks for your comment. Yeah, I thought it might be too early, yet, but was anxious to go. One thing I failed to mention, something I've never seen before, was that Lizzy came face to face with a coyote. It was a very strange encounter, about 125 yards from me, and needless to say I didn't try to take a pic. I blew the whistle until the coyote got safe enough distance from Liz. And then shot both barrels, just sprinkling it with shot at that distance. It makes me want to keep her in sight from now on.
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
Bloodhound
Cannot Abide That Devil Weed
Cannot Abide That Devil Weed
Posts: 5884
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:00 pm
Location: Rocky Mountains / Colorado
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:18 pm

That would put you on edge. The coyotes around here are not shy about nabbing a smaller pet like a small breed dog or cat, but they tend to give the medium to larger dogs a wide space. I have a friend in Utah that hunts English cockers and he had a coyote try to grab his younger dog. The older cocker came between them and the Coyote moved off and Mark shot/killed the coyote. He said the dogs looked at him like he had ground sluced a quail...they were very disapproving :)
Scott ( aka - Thor )
Do Justice...Love Mercy...Walk Humbly With Your GOD

User avatar
durangopipe
Under-secretary to the Minister of Pipe Breaking
Under-secretary to the Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 4342
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:58 pm
Location: Southwest Colorado

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by durangopipe » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:17 pm

Thanks for the report S&S.
Your post kept crashing my iPad, but it finally loaded today??

Regarding booties for the dogs:

My buddy, Jack Unruh, turned me on to using sections of balloon bicycle tire inner tube years ago. Slit them at the ankle and tape over the slits with duct or Gorilla tape. Seemed everybody in the southern Panhandle near Snyder was using them and they worked like a charm. The area we hunted was loaded with some nasty cactus and the rubber booties really worked.

A whole lot cheaper than store-bought rubber dog booties.

We didn't bother to tape the toes closed, just cut them a little longer than the dogs' feet.
The most improper job of any man, even saints, is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

J.R.R. Tolkien



Wherever we go in the world we find other men speaking the same language...dreaming the same dreams. And one of the big four - brownie, or brookie, cutthroat or rainbow - is the cause of it all.

Roderick Haig-Brown

User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:40 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:17 pm
Thanks for the report S&S.
Your post kept crashing my iPad, but it finally loaded today??

Regarding booties for the dogs:

My buddy, Jack Unruh, turned me on to using sections of balloon bicycle tire inner tube years ago. Slit them at the ankle and tape over the slits with duct or Gorilla tape. Seemed everybody in the southern Panhandle near Snyder was using them and they worked like a charm. The area we hunted was loaded with some nasty cactus and the rubber booties really worked.

A whole lot cheaper than store-bought rubber dog booties.

We didn't bother to tape the toes closed, just cut them a little longer than the dogs' feet.
Thanks, Steve. Yes, I use inner tubes from motorcycle tires, but could find only three when it was time to leave the house. I guess I didn't secure them well enough because they were gone by noon. The one improvised paw with baby sock, vet wrap and duct tape was still on, so I did three more and put them on her. And somehow she ended up with three still on at the end of the day.
It's pretty rough country especially before there's been a couple good frosts to knock the spurs down. There was a lot of huisatch (wee-satch) in the fields also, worst I've seen on this place. I took a pic of one I'll post when I can.
BTW, you have to zoom in and look close to see Lizzy in the pics, but she's there.
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
durangopipe
Under-secretary to the Minister of Pipe Breaking
Under-secretary to the Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 4342
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:58 pm
Location: Southwest Colorado

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by durangopipe » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:21 pm

Zoomed in . . .

Lizzy looks like a really eager birder!
How wonderful.
The most improper job of any man, even saints, is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

J.R.R. Tolkien



Wherever we go in the world we find other men speaking the same language...dreaming the same dreams. And one of the big four - brownie, or brookie, cutthroat or rainbow - is the cause of it all.

Roderick Haig-Brown

User avatar
Gabriel
Enraged by S'mores
Enraged by S'mores
Posts: 11043
Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: central IL

Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by Gabriel » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:59 pm

Opening day was a bust. Warm and wet. Never fired a shot nor flushed a bird. Still good to get out.

First hunt for these boots, pretty happy with them.
Image

Image

Image

My companions today.
Image

Back at the truck
Image



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Sola Deo Gloria

User avatar
durangopipe
Under-secretary to the Minister of Pipe Breaking
Under-secretary to the Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 4342
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:58 pm
Location: Southwest Colorado

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by durangopipe » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:57 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:59 pm

My companions today.
Image
The essentials!
The most improper job of any man, even saints, is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity.

J.R.R. Tolkien



Wherever we go in the world we find other men speaking the same language...dreaming the same dreams. And one of the big four - brownie, or brookie, cutthroat or rainbow - is the cause of it all.

Roderick Haig-Brown

User avatar
JMG
Bearded Crusader for JUSTICE ... on a Mission
Bearded Crusader for JUSTICE ... on a Mission
Posts: 4897
Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:00 pm
Location: Florence, MS & Papua New Guinea
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by JMG » Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:20 am

Gabriel wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:59 pm
Opening day was a bust. Warm and wet. Never fired a shot nor flushed a bird. Still good to get out.

First hunt for these boots, pretty happy with them.
Image

Image

Image

My companions today.
Image

Back at the truck
Image



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Nice neck attire.
"No reserves, no retreats, no regrets."
"When you're dumb, you've got to be tough." - my dad

User avatar
Gabriel
Enraged by S'mores
Enraged by S'mores
Posts: 11043
Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: central IL

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by Gabriel » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:45 am

JMG wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:20 am

Nice neck attire.
Thanks! Didn't realize it made the pic. You might recognize the pipe, also. :)
Sola Deo Gloria

User avatar
Bloodhound
Cannot Abide That Devil Weed
Cannot Abide That Devil Weed
Posts: 5884
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:00 pm
Location: Rocky Mountains / Colorado
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:12 pm

nice Glad you had birds. My hunting has been wanting...lots of wind and no birds...but getting out is the best
Scott ( aka - Thor )
Do Justice...Love Mercy...Walk Humbly With Your GOD

User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:08 am

Duck hunted yesterday mrng with oldest grandson. Got two mallards, a really big deal down here on the coast, especially this early in the season. Plus four teal, made a one man limit. Stepped in an alligator hole and got water over my waders. Drank black coffee and smoked a pipe in the blind. A good hunt.
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:25 pm

Duck hunt this mrng with my son in law and grandson. A short hunt, so my sil and I could get to my grand daughters soccer game, and my grandson to a job he and some friends landed, working at a wedding.
Anyway it was slow, but a nice morning. Saw lots of ducks but they were very skiddish and weren't responding to a call. We ended up with a pair of greater mergansers and 4 scaup, but didn't find the Drake merganser to my great disappointment, because I wanted it for a mount. Hopefully we'll get another chance at one this season.
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
JMG
Bearded Crusader for JUSTICE ... on a Mission
Bearded Crusader for JUSTICE ... on a Mission
Posts: 4897
Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2010 6:00 pm
Location: Florence, MS & Papua New Guinea
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by JMG » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:27 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:45 am
JMG wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:20 am

Nice neck attire.
Thanks! Didn't realize it made the pic. You might recognize the pipe, also. :)
I thought the pipe looked familiar.
"No reserves, no retreats, no regrets."
"When you're dumb, you've got to be tough." - my dad

User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:51 pm

Inside the boat blind:
Image

A pair of mallards:
Image

The view, looking west from the blind:
Image

A blue wing teal. The brightness of the copper colors on the tail, around the back, and on the belly, according to other guys on our hunting club, is due to the bird's diet of local rice.
Image

Vehicles parked along the hwy at a local state-run waterfowl management area. These guys spend the night in line in order to get a particular hunting spot the next morning. This particular line stretched in two directions, probably 1/2 mile, ~40 vehicles.
Image
Image
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:42 am

Woodcock season doesn't open until Dec 18th, but we went scouting last Sat, and Lizzy pointed her first woodcock. Of course, I failed to get a pic of it. She went on to find and point and/or flush 4 more. So, I'm stoked now for the opener. I did manage to get these three shots. And yes, Lizzy is in all three of these pics.

Image

Image

Image

By the way, I had these ready to post earlier, but I waited a few days, in honor of Steve's dog, Panda.
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
sweetandsour
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Minister of Pipe Breaking
Posts: 7730
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:00 pm
Location: Bayou Self
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by sweetandsour » Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:18 pm

Right out of the crate, Lizzy is ready to run, and run she does. She gets the scent of the snipes and sometimes points for a millisecond before they flush. Trying to get a pic with my new so-called point-and-shoot camera is almost impossible, like trying to capture a random lightning strike. Mostly, though, she's just running them up, or still zeroing in when they flush wild, way out of range for my 20-ga.

Image

Image

She just would not point and hold a snipe. And I began to reason that maybe she's just smarter than me, and wonders why I don't know that snipe don't really exist. After 10 or 11 misses in a row I'm beginning to agree with her. Snipe aren't real, they're phantoms.

Image

Image

Finally, things fall into place. She locks up on a solid point, and I get the shot, with both camera and gun. She located the downed bird and briefly picked it up, but wouldn't retrieve it. Glancing at me as she dropped the bird and resumed her hunt, I could read her thoughts.

Image

Image

Image

Back at the truck the tailgate shot consists of one lone snipe bird. Proof that they are real after all. The Astro tracking unit displays proof of Lizzy's busy afternoon, although her total was 10.5 miles rather than 23. I forgot to re-set it after the 12.5 miles she ran on the previous outing. But her average speed of 8 mph is legit.

Image

Image

Sunset in the west ...

Image

... moon rising in the east.

Image

It's being called a super moon; the last full moon of 2017. And this may be my last post for 2017. I'm thinking I may take my traditional Christmas season break from internet forums, except for a possible secret Santa thank you or you're welcome. Regardless, Lizzy did good, and slept well last night. And she may just get a bacon-wrapped snipe for her Christmas dinner.
As thus we sat in darkness
Each one busy with his prayers,
"We are lost!" the captain shouted,
As he staggered down the stairs.

O love the Lord, all ye His saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful. Psalm 31:23

User avatar
Gabriel
Enraged by S'mores
Enraged by S'mores
Posts: 11043
Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:00 pm
Location: central IL

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by Gabriel » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:57 am

Nice! Glad someone is getting out there.

I have only been one other time and it was for a short walk along the creek by the old family farm. I spent most of my time talking to a local farmer about how he hasn't seen but 2 pheasants total during the entire harvest season. My other hunting spot is currently being mowed, plowed, and cleared... I guess the CRP contract ran out in November. Looks like I'm done for the year without ever firing a shot.
Sola Deo Gloria

User avatar
hugodrax
All Around Nice Guy
All Around Nice Guy
Posts: 14843
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:00 pm
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contact:

Re: Bird Hunting 2017-2018

Post by hugodrax » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:18 am

Gabriel wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:57 am
Nice! Glad someone is getting out there.

I have only been one other time and it was for a short walk along the creek by the old family farm. I spent most of my time talking to a local farmer about how he hasn't seen but 2 pheasants total during the entire harvest season. My other hunting spot is currently being mowed, plowed, and cleared... I guess the CRP contract ran out in November. Looks like I'm done for the year without ever firing a shot.
Huh. You should come out here for a visit. That's western PA bird hunting all over. We still get some woodcock, but it takes a right bastard to enjoy shooting woodcock.
Etiam mihi opinio anserem perirent.

Post Reply