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    December Pheasants

    My son and I took the dog and our shotguns for a little walk today. We found five roosters, but only brought home four. One got up at an odd angle, my son missed two shots, and he would have been in my line of fire, so I never even shouldered my shotgun. Good day though, we enjoyed!

    Here's the good old Ithaca (SKB) 20 gauge double he uses. It came to me in 1969! Still in beautiful condition.


    And, you'd think a fellow who had just made a terrific shot, bringing down this bird, would smile.


    Regards, Guy

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    I used to hunt Pheasant and Grouse when I lived in Nebraska, I miss that.
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    I miss the days when I did some pheasant hunting and may I say as usual nice pictures.
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    I have only hunted farm raised pheasants on a preserve, but it is quickly becoming an obsession. Nice looking double, too!
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    Very nice.
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    What a great day! Especially with your son and your own dog. That's where memories are born. You're a lucky man.

    Pheasants were common when I was growing up in the 60s in south-western PA. They could be hunted without dogs and everyone would limit out, just shooting the males.

    Then farmers took out the fence rows, and began that early cutting of hay that killed the hens sitting on the nests. And the insecticide treatments eliminated the bugs the chicks needed to eat. And the more modern harvesters left almost no corn in the fields for the birds to winter over.

    By the late 70s it was rare even to hear one call. There was no question of hunting them. Pheasants were much tougher birds than quail in their ability to survive the winters in our area. They died out, and the pheasants were gone not long afterward. What a shame.

    There are probably 4 or 5 bird hunting preserves within an hour of me. But in the last 20 years, I've only been out twice. Really need to make room in the budget for another few visits. I sure could use the exercise. After the first of the year, we'll have to see.
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    Quail were still around here in my early teens but you never see them anymore. Turkeys have made an amazing comeback but not the quail/bobwhite.
    I'd usually be hunting rabbits when I would inadvertently flush a covey and scare the daylights out of me.
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    Very rare to bust a covey of quail around here any more either, they sure used to get the blood pumping. I expect the coyotes finished them off. T Rex
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    Nice job gents! The yotes are so bad they have pretty much wiped out all the game birds here! Taking the toll on the fawns,maybe our DNR will get their stuff together on hunting them.
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    Guy - how did Mavrik do? Get any points or retrieves on the roosters?
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