Who is getting excited?!?


July 28, 2010, 12:40 AM
Well bird season is just around the corner (so is waterfowl and deer too!)

I cant wait to get back in the fields and watch my GWP work them birds!!


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July 28, 2010, 06:49 AM
Down here in the south, it all starts with doves. I'll be headed out early September for Waco and my annual pilgrimage to my buddy's farm. We've had some SUPER shoots over the years.

We also get early teal season in late September, beat your way through the gators and hope you can reach the bird before the gators do. LOL I had one ate last season before I could get to it. I never take a dog in teal season. Gators like 'em. Several have been eaten out there over the years. I hope this teal season is as good as last year. We SLAYED 'em last year. It was a great early duck season, too, then about half way therough, they all flew off somewhere. Oh, well, I had fun on 'em for a while. I think all the rain and flooding scattered 'em last season.

July 28, 2010, 07:46 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // Yep, Dove is first here in S.C. too.

I put the plugs back into my 870s (you don't need them for deer just Migratory birds) and fashioned one for my recently purchased Remington model 31.

Found a 30" VR double bead barrel for my HD shotgun (2009 870 Exp. Tac. w/ GR sights) and intend on using dove season to help "break" it in.

I intended to check on hog hunting DNR lands during the summer but it is extremely hot to be dragging hogs around. I'm not up on the precautions of eating summer hog either.

"Excited" you bet:D plus I'm getting low on Whitetail in the freezer and October is a long way off.

July 28, 2010, 08:22 AM
I don't think hog in summer warrants any more precaution than winter other than you have less time to get it on ice.

My dove guns are a 20 gauge Spartan SxS and a Winchester 1400 autoloader, neither one of which hold more'n 3 rounds, so plugs aren't necessary. I've never had the plug out of my Mossberg 500, it being a dedicated duck gun. My 10 gauge H&R requires no plug for goose hunting, of course. Only thing I do is pull the chokes out of the Spartan and install a IC/Mod for hunting. It's choked IC/Cyl when it's doing bedroom duties. I hunt deer and hogs with rifles and handguns, be they smokeless or of the charcoal variety. :D

Oh, yeah, I need to get my feeder going. I have this stick with wheels and a string I'd thought about using for bow season. I'm a little late on that, better get in gear!

July 28, 2010, 08:30 AM
Im going to use my M37 Ihica or the 1000 series Smith for the dove shooting
Then the stick and string for deer
then later on the TC or the winchester
now im trying to get over a dose of Poison Ivey I got while clearing brush for the feeders.

July 28, 2010, 08:38 AM
While checking crops in the jeep, we blundered into a covey of quail. I stopped and let our Brittany jump out. She dissappeared into a corn field. We heard her bump 4 or 5 quail. I hope she is more careful this fall.
Squirrel season Aug 1....My .32 cal CVA muzzle-loader is waiting patiently.

July 28, 2010, 08:55 AM
I haven't tried throwing sticks at the deer yet but I'd love to get one close enough to use my handgun. I carry it every year just hasn't happened yet.

Until the last several years I used a 1976 870 Wingmaster 12ga. MOD from dove to deer.

This year I'll use the 1976 opening day then switch to the new 2009 870exptac 12ga. 30"and a used but new to me 870expmag 20ga, it only has a 21" barrel but as a kid I got it done with a .410 somehow.
I'd like to try BP hunting but need the meat and mostly use a .30-06 or .30-30 hunting deer. During a late season drive or stalking the brush in the rain I use the 870.

Thanks for the input on summer hog now just to get my 16 year old football playing nephew interested, betwen the two of use a hog would be an easier drag.

July 28, 2010, 08:59 AM
Dove start here in Illinois first, but my focus is always deer. Every year, new broadhead/arrow combo (whether i need it or not). Trimming the tree limbs out of the shooting lanes, scouting tracks, nothing like heading into fall.

July 28, 2010, 09:00 AM
I can't wait. I hope the Doves cooperate.
MC we should try to hook up for a Teal hunt at GD wma.

July 28, 2010, 11:10 AM
I'm actually going to be hunting dove this year for the first time. I have hundreds of them in my grove. I just don't know what to use to hunt them. I don't need a shotgun, they sit on the orange tree branches and let you get to within 30 feet.

I honestly wish it was legal to hunt them with a pellet rifle, something extremely quiet because they usually sit in small groups.

July 28, 2010, 11:29 AM
I would love to get into bird hunting but don't know anyone else in my area that does it :(...not sure how to get started on my own

July 28, 2010, 05:10 PM
Squirrel season opens here on Sept 18 & I picked up my Marlin 60 today :D Damn right I'm getting excited LOL

July 28, 2010, 05:44 PM
I've got so many things going on at once, I don't hardly have the time to get excited.

But I can't wait for opening day!!

July 28, 2010, 08:29 PM
Ah, yes...opening day. Last weekend in Oct. for pheasant here. About two weeks after I get back from a fishing trip to the Northwoods. Should be pretty interesting this year, with a new Lab to try out. :D

Tim the student
July 29, 2010, 09:42 AM
Man, I'm getting excited for about everything coming up. I've got bird, squirrel, deer. I have to say that I'm also really excited for football, and for another season of Iowa wrestling (already got my tickets to the championships in Philly!)

Summer gets me all down, but then fall and winter come to pick me back up.

July 29, 2010, 09:40 PM
I'm always fired up to go and awaiting doves, then upland, then deer. However, my enthusiasm is a bit tempered this year because my beloved GSP is 12 now and really showing her age. I know she'll have the heart to go this year but I'm worried that she won't have the legs.

July 30, 2010, 08:09 AM
I can't wait. I hope the Doves cooperate.
MC we should try to hook up for a Teal hunt at GD wma.

Let's do it. :D Hopefully, we'll have the birds we had last year. Last year they really moved in toward the end of the season.

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