Bird Hunting 2018-2019

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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by FredS » Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:09 am

I also own an 870 Express. It's half the gun my Wingmaster is, but it's also half the price.

A funny story about that gun:
I tried to sell it to Gabriel 6 or 8 years ago. I was honest with the UPS lady when she asked what was in the box. She said "Oh dear. We can't ship a shotgun. We wouldn't want it to fall in the wrong hands." She didn't really believe me when I told her that anyone over the age of 18 years could walk in to Walmart and buy a gun just like it. That's why I seriously thought I could ship it without going through someone with a FFL. I figured by the time I paid a license holder $25 or so at each end, it wasn't worth it for such a cheap gun. It's still in the closet gathering dust if anyone is interested in a 12ga 870 Express.

FTR - I've never killed a cat with it.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by hugodrax » Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:13 am

FredS wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:09 am
I also own an 870 Express. It's half the gun my Wingmaster is, but it's also half the price.

A funny story about that gun:
I tried to sell it to Gabriel 6 or 8 years ago. I was honest with the UPS lady when she asked what was in the box. She said "Oh dear. We can't ship a shotgun. We wouldn't want it to fall in the wrong hands." She didn't really believe me when I told her that anyone over the age of 18 years could walk in to Walmart and buy a gun just like it. That's why I seriously thought I could ship it without going through someone with a FFL. I figured by the time I paid a license holder $25 or so at each end, it wasn't worth it for such a cheap gun. It's still in the closet gathering dust if anyone is interested in a 12ga 870 Express.

FTR - I've never killed a cat with it.
You can. Let me get the regulation. I’ve mailed mine before. Lady was full o’crud.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:41 am

You can for sure mail a gun. The regs and requirements are well outlined on the NRA site and Gunbroker.com and other sites as well.

Tim, Yup Canada Geese. I have a work buddy who is a member of a club and we are going up North and East of Denver, just about due East of FredS.
This was last year's hunt
The shotgun is a Benelli NOVA, a 3 1/2 inch pump gun...it is big and heavy and it took a while to learn to shoot it, but it is like a Glock...it just keeps shooting. Three years ago I was at a small gunshow and a guy walked by with it. I asked him if he was selling, and he said he wanted to trade it for a .22 Magnum rifle. I turned to my table and pointed at a rifle and told him it was a .22Mag. A trade was struck and the NOVA is my Goose Gun. I had owned one the year before, but let it get away to another buddy.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:52 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:41 am
You can for sure mail a gun. The regs and requirements are well outlined on the NRA site and Gunbroker.com and other sites as well.

Tim, Yup Canada Geese. I have a work buddy who is a member of a club and we are going up North and East of Denver, just about due East of FredS.
This was last year's hunt
The shotgun is a Benelli NOVA, a 3 1/2 inch pump gun...it is big and heavy and it took a while to learn to shoot it, but it is like a Glock...it just keeps shooting. Three years ago I was at a small gunshow and a guy walked by with it. I asked him if he was selling, and he said he wanted to trade it for a .22 Magnum rifle. I turned to my table and pointed at a rifle and told him it was a .22Mag. A trade was struck and the NOVA is my Goose Gun. I had owned one the year before, but let it get away to another buddy.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:09 pm

I have been the fortunate one, for the last 4 years Al has taken me a couple of time a year to hunt his club with his decoy spread. The first time out, I shot at some passing geese but didn't bring any down. The next time I was able to drop 2 and its been good since. He sets up a small but effective spread and with little to no calling, but lots of flagging, the geese come in, a mix of greater and lesser Canadians. Best part is that he and his family don't like geese for the table, so I take them and make jerky and smoke some and...

Would sure make a beautiful mount.
This is the same hunt with work buddies Jake and Al
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Gabriel » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:24 pm

I use an 870 Express for everything, it's the only shotgun I've ever owned. It is heavy, not particularly beautiful, and not nearly as "smooth" and finished as a more expensive gun, but I have no doubt that it will around longer than I will and can be easily set up to go after any game in the midwest.

Gun laws vary by state, and no, you can't buy and sell guns through the mail unless you do it via an FFL. The UPS lady was wrong about there being a prohibition about mail firearms - you can mail them to do a manufacturer for repair, or to someone with an FFL.

We have about an inch of snow here at the Ranch, so I went poking round the bee's wildflower area today to see how many rabbit and/or pheasant tracks there might be. So many rabbit trails and actually saw several pheasants running around in the cover. Managed to snap a pic of this guy:

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I now have definite plans to hunt that patch the next time campus is closed for Christmas holiday. :bacon:
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by FredS » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:36 pm

Gabriel wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:24 pm
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Did you see this guy on the ground and have time to prepare or do you have nerves of steel and walk around fields with your camera at the ready?
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Gabriel » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:04 pm

Yes. ;)
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by sweetandsour » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:27 am

Gabriel wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:04 pm
Yes. ;)
Good answer. And that's a fantastic pic, probably suitable for selling.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by sweetandsour » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:48 am

Made a quick trip to south Texas, left Sunday after church and got to the lease Sunday afternoon in time to put the dogs on the ground for ~1-1/2 hrs. Made a hunt yesterday (Monday) morning, took a lunch break, and then made a quick hunt in the afternoon before leaving to come home. Only found 2 coveys, total. The grass is very high, and the grass spurs are worse than I've ever seen. When I stopped Lizzy to give her some water yesterday afternoon, there was even a spur in the corner of her eye. I quickly removed it, and my hunting partner remarked how glad he was that I didn't stop to take a pic of it first. I confessed that it crossed my mind while I was getting it out, but I'm not that sadistic, thankfully.


Anyway, a few pics. I like this one of Liz running full out, in the fading light Sunday afternoon. She'd been cooped up in her crate since noon. Per her GPS collar, Liz ran a total of 19.5 miles in basically 3 short hunts, Sunday afternoon, Monday morning, and Monday afternoon.

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Liz on a single, with Star backing, Monday morning.
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Star on point Monday morning, which turned out to be nothing there; but she caught up with the covey a few minutes later.
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Liz on point with a good covey Monday afternoon. A good find, and the covey held very well.
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Liz on a single Monday afternoon, with Star backing. (All thats visible of Liz is her tail, poking up through the grass.) I happened to drop this one and Liz found it and half-way retrieved it.
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A bob and a hen. I'm almost ashamed of this pic, but I'll post it to honor the dogs.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Thunktank » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:20 pm

Very nice quail, Sweetnsour, my one dog got a thorn stuck in his eye on a quail hunt once. It was deep enough already that I decided to take him to the vet. The vet was about to pull it out herself when she thought better of if it and sent me to an eye specialist. Good call on all our part. Had I or the first vet decided to simply pull it out, he would probably be half blind!

I couldn’t believe how long that thorn was and how deep in penetrated the eye. The experience taught me to pay close attention to their eyes out there and rinse them out when it looks like it could be headed for trouble. Though, it probably wouldn’t have mattered that time. That thorn looks to have stabbed the middle of the eye from the start.

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The Southern California quail population is so bad right now. It’s starting to rain this year, so I’m hopeful it will turn things around in the seasons to come. Anyway, I decided to target cottontails this year instead. It’s expected to rain and snow tomorrow in the local mountains and passes. I may take a day and hunt. I will use my air rifle and rimfires, leaving my dogs behind. I think still hunting the high desert canyons is the most effective way to hunt them. The snow will either get them out or drive them into their warrens.

Also, I went to the archery range this morning. I’m a little rusty, but not too bad. I’m looking forward to hunting deer in the Kofa wilderness, AZ come January. Using the compound bow this season.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Bloodhound » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:28 pm

Great pics...sounds like a good trip!
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by FredS » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:33 pm

First real cold snap last night (<20 f) has really got the geese moving today. Seems like an endless procession over my house.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Bloodhound » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:41 pm

FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:33 pm
First real cold snap last night (<20 f) has really got the geese moving today. Seems like an endless procession over my house.
It will take me about an hour to get there...go ahead and set up the decoys and I'll get there as soon as traffic will allow
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by FredS » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:59 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:41 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:33 pm
First real cold snap last night (<20 f) has really got the geese moving today. Seems like an endless procession over my house.
It will take me about an hour to get there...go ahead and set up the decoys and I'll get there as soon as traffic will allow
Even better than the sheer numbers is the fact that they're flying low so I pressume they're going to/from the fields and not passing through up in the jet stream.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by Bloodhound » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:06 pm

FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:59 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:41 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:33 pm
First real cold snap last night (<20 f) has really got the geese moving today. Seems like an endless procession over my house.
It will take me about an hour to get there...go ahead and set up the decoys and I'll get there as soon as traffic will allow
Even better than the sheer numbers is the fact that they're flying low so I pressume they're going to/from the fields and not passing through up in the jet stream.
Time for you to break out the 870 Express
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by hugodrax » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:20 pm

I just took out my Wingmaster and fondled her a little. Nothing inappropriate.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by FredS » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:33 pm

Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:06 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:59 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:41 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:33 pm
First real cold snap last night (<20 f) has really got the geese moving today. Seems like an endless procession over my house.
It will take me about an hour to get there...go ahead and set up the decoys and I'll get there as soon as traffic will allow
Even better than the sheer numbers is the fact that they're flying low so I pressume they're going to/from the fields and not passing through up in the jet stream.
Time for you to break out the 870 Express
Better not. Since I killed and ate the neighbors cat, she get's nervous when I walk around the yard with a shotgun. I don't need the cops to come knocking again.

Seriously though, I hope they're still this active when you come up to hunt with your buddy.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by UncleBob » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:53 pm

FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:33 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:06 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:59 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:41 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:33 pm
First real cold snap last night (<20 f) has really got the geese moving today. Seems like an endless procession over my house.
It will take me about an hour to get there...go ahead and set up the decoys and I'll get there as soon as traffic will allow
Even better than the sheer numbers is the fact that they're flying low so I pressume they're going to/from the fields and not passing through up in the jet stream.
Time for you to break out the 870 Express
Better not. Since I killed and ate the neighbors cat, she get's nervous when I walk around the yard with a shotgun. I don't need the cops to come knocking again.

Seriously though, I hope they're still this active when you come up to hunt with your buddy.
I have seen geese over the house every day since Thursday.
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Re: Bird Hunting 2018-2019

Post by FredS » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:02 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:53 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:33 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:06 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:59 pm
Bloodhound wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:41 pm
FredS wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:33 pm
First real cold snap last night (<20 f) has really got the geese moving today. Seems like an endless procession over my house.
It will take me about an hour to get there...go ahead and set up the decoys and I'll get there as soon as traffic will allow
Even better than the sheer numbers is the fact that they're flying low so I pressume they're going to/from the fields and not passing through up in the jet stream.
Time for you to break out the 870 Express
Better not. Since I killed and ate the neighbors cat, she get's nervous when I walk around the yard with a shotgun. I don't need the cops to come knocking again.

Seriously though, I hope they're still this active when you come up to hunt with your buddy.
I have seen geese over the house every day since Thursday.
I think migratory birds, like people, get to more sissified the further south they are. They leave Canada when it's 0 degrees. They leave South Dakota when it's 10. They leave here when it's 20. By the time they get down to Texas, they freak out when it gets down to 40.
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