Annual Bird Shoot.

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  1. Captcurt

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    I was lucky to pick a nice day for the annual tame bird shoot yesterday. Temps were in the upper 20's when we started and quickly warmed to mid 40's. Conditions were excellent for a good nosed dog. My buddy owns the LGS and we try to go to Ozark Wings Shooting Preserve near Caulfield Mo at least once a year. We haven't had any wild birds near home for 30 years and this is the only game around unless you want to go out of State.

    Cowboy Rick Hamby was our dog handler for the 3rd year in a row. He picked out a pair Brittanys that were fantastic and away we went. The field that we hunted had 3 Chukar, 2 pheasants, and 16 quail, plus birds that had been missed the day before. It was a gorgeous day to watch these dogs do their thing and the birds were flying good. In 2 1/2 hours we had taken our limit plus 2 bonus pheasants. I was amazed that we shot so well since I hadn't touched my 20ga Beretta since last year and Bob didn't get to go to South Dakota this year. I think I'll practice a little before we go again.

    I'm sorry that I didn't take any pictures. Maybe next time.
     
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    Limit? On a game farm? You shot the number you had put out, plus 2, I'm guessing? Sounds like a great day out in the field. I have a friend who works at a game farm, we go in on the weekdays and clean up scratch birds.
    A good bird dog is a pleasure to behold; next time get some pics!

    This is my younger son on his first pheasant hunt, three years ago. He borrowed his brothers 870:
    Red's pheasant.jpg
     
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    My son and his sales associates went to a upland preserve for some quail hunting just a week ago.... Screenshot_20210104-142549_Snapchat.jpg

    He said this gsh did excellent work.
    They found all their birds plus an extra or two.
     
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    I do love to watch a good dog. I had a few dogs when we had birds here. I grew up chasing them when I was teen. You could get 4 or 5 coveys up in the morning and do it again in the afternoon. I also got to hunt in Old Mexico. We hunted 2 1/2 hours one morning with 2 of us doing the most shooting. We downed 42 quail and that was without a dog.
     
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    I have had Brittany's for 33years. We tragically lost our last one weeks ago. Thankfully she had 13 good years here.
    My buddy and i weren't satisfied unless we took over 100 wild birds each, only over points i might add. That was in the 80s and 90s. We did make a campaign down into ks and Oklahoma one year. Good times afield.
    . We got kicked out of a motel in Bartlesville because my buddy needed to clean the action on his 20ga 1100. It was dragging in the cold weather. I had walked the dogs after they had spent the night in my camper top pickup, but i let them in the room since it was about 4am. Little did i know my buddy would slam the action of his 1100 to see if it was running quick. The dogs thought it was go-time. The started incessant barking that brought the manager before I could get them back in the truck...woops.
     
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    He knew his dogs. After years of fighting with bone-headed English pointers, I got a Brit .. and another .. and another .. ad inf. They are the best bird dogs there are in my book. Good noses, retrieve well, soft mouths and they don't run into the next county.

    I'm glad you had a good day afield.
     
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    I must concur. I had bull-headed pointers and my teacher had a setter that would cover miles. This was before tracking collars so If he was down on point you might spend a half hour looking for him. Luckily that was before the birds made a beeline to the timber or we never would have found him.
     
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    I run labs- close in and flushers- good for pheasants ducks and grouse-

    Can't beat a good day in the field with dogs- I ran mine last weekend for 10 guys on a preserve- IMG_20210109_131157264_HDR.jpg
     
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