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A perishable skill.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by H&Hhunter, May 7, 2012.

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  1. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator Staff Member

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    I had a pretty serious injury to my right arm back in October (two surgeries to reattach my triceps tendon) and as of such haven't done any shooting with a rifle since then.

    Yesterday I spotted an evil Asian collared dove pecking in my garden so I grabbed my .22 rifle. I carefully line up on the evil vermin at 50 yards and gracefully yanked the trigger back in a classic flinching miss.

    Man oh man I need to get out and do some shooting!! But my arm is T.U. until at least September for the bog stuff. Time to break out the .22's and get tuned up for hunting season!:)
     
  2. 788Ham

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    I certainly feel for you! Back in '68, I broke my RT forearm while aboard ship in the Navy, its still not 100%. Once the original parts are damaged, things aren't ever the same, with screws and a plate installed, range of motion is good, but will not ever be the same. I can shoot and still hunt, but it was quite an adjustment, was 18 then, now 63.
     
  3. inclinebench

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    I have had to reattach biceps tendons on both arms. First hunting seasons after each surgery (7 years apart) were pretty scary for me. Now everything works great and I shoot without hesitation.
     
  4. MCgunner

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    Well, .22s are fun to shoot. Could be worse, I reckon. :D I have a .22 mag that is good practice, shoots 1.5 MOA, and I don't have to save the brass with it. That's a fun rifle to play with if I don't wanna break out the centerfires. :D

    I'm guessing bow hunting is out of the question....ouch.
     
  5. Feanor

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    Shooting skills degrade "very very quickly!" What will/would help you immensely, is if you could have managed to shoulder the rifle without firing it during your rehab.
     
  6. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    H&H, time to get back to the basics again my friend. DRY FIRE, DRY FIRE, DRY FIRE and when you think you have got your form back down,,,DRY FIRE SOME MORE!!!! Then get back on the .22 and work up from there. Dealt with a few shoulder injuries over the years (stupid things young men do) and that is what always got me back on track.
     
  7. Robert

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    I'll give you $300 for that 470NE. You are getting too old and brittle for that big ol rifle so think of it as an extra $300 for 22 ammo. ;)
     
  8. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    Add another 0 to that and you can have mine Robert :D
     
  9. H&Hhunter

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    Hmmmm.. Mighty tempting. I'll have my people call your people and we'll do lunch.:)
     
  10. Flintknapper

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    Done!

    0.300

    You didn't say where. ;)
     
  11. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    lmao smarty britches!
     
  12. Robert

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    Well H&H we should at least do lunch.
     
  13. elrowe

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    Wow, checked and found out you can legally shoot doves in CO in May! I might have to move there! KY cuts us off the same time as mourning doves...
     
  14. H&Hhunter

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    Just for clarification so nobody gets in trouble you can legally shoot Asian Collared Doves in Colorado year round as they are classified as a vermin.

    You CAN NOT SHOOT morning doves except during dove season.
     
  15. CoRoMo

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    How do they taste?
     
  16. Robert

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    Like dove wrapped in bacon with a slice of jalapeno cooked over a charcoal fire. In other words, great!
     
  17. Sniper66

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    Recovery from surgery

    My problems were on the other end. I have genetic problem that progressed to the point I could hardly walk, but with 3 major surgeries, I can now walk OK. The attached pic is the first pheasant I shot after the surgeries. As with all of us it seems, the goal of hunting and shooting is a powerful motivation to overcome all kinds of obstacles. Notice the big smile.
    My feet problems is what lead me to rifles and prairie dogs since I don't need to walk much. Love those rifles.
     

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  18. Larry Ashcraft

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    Does that mean I have a chance to outshoot you this year?

    (Not likely.) :D

    We're going to Whittington in a couple of weeks, so I'll make sure and shoot LOTS of five stand and sporting clays as a tune up.
     
  19. Readyrod

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    Hey H&H sorry to hear about the injury. If you don't mind my asking, what happened?
    Hope you recover ok.
     
  20. H&Hhunter

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    Long story short. I got pushed into a concrete wall backwards while teaching a self defense class. I instinctively slammed my arms back to break the impact and fractured my right elbow right where the triceps tendon attaches. So it fractured the bone and tore the tendon. Two surgeries and 8 months later and I'm on the way to a full recovery.
     
  21. MrDig

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    Ok Talking about Aisian Collared Doves and seeing a Pic of a pheasant made me think you guys were shining me on. I had to search and find that there are two different species.
    Historically Pheasants are an introduced species and could be considered invasive if you were going to go all hard line about it.
    I found myself somewhat incredulous that Pheasants were considered vermin in CO. Glad I looked it up.
     
  22. H&Hhunter

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    Alrighty then I'm glad that I posted this as it seems to be a educational tool for those who aren't familiar with a new and devastating invasive species of bird the Eurasian Collared Dove is tough it's aggressive and it's wiping out native morning doves.

    Further reference material.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Collared_Dove

    http://projectfeederwatch.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/eurasian-collared-doves-conquering-america/
     
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  23. Robert

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    They are bigger than morning doves too. They look like grey pigeons. Easy to spot.
     
  24. sixgunner455

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    Yep, they're all over the place in town here, but I never see them when I'm out hunting.

    Think I'm gonna airgun/slingshot the ones I'm seeing in my yard.
     
  25. Readyrod

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    Man that must of hurt. Hang in there dude. Just dream of Africa and be patient. Hopefully it will all be good soon.
     
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