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  1. Having a hard time finding and staying on birds here in the southern tir. SEems as though once we find some, they are gone the next day. Nothing is consistent down here. Despite the tough conditions we got on a field opening day and watched 100+ chose the next field over the hill and not even give us a look. Managed to pull one group of 5 off and we got three of them. Hopefully the cold front this weekend brings some much needed luck
  2. Saturday morning felt like it was gonna be one of those great mornings. Clear skies and chilly. Nothing spoke off the roost, walked my usual mile loop without a peep. Almost back to the end of the loop and got a response. I got as close as I dared and set up. He came in gobbling, drumming, and strutting. SMoked him at 23 yards, he didn’t even flop. He had about 1” spurs, a 9 1/2” beard and was heavy! Estimated at 22 pounds.
  3. Let's just hope that April actually feels like spring and we don't go straight to summer!
  4. Hit the field early on Saturday morning, my work schedule only allows me afternoons and evening for scouting so I wasn’t sure when the birds were getting to the field.Turns out a bunch were roosting on the river adjacent to the field, they left roost when the sun was above the hill and we got a two pack that landed in the decoys. Then a long wait till 11:00 and 3 dozen came back together and landed outside of the spread. Tried waiting them out hoping they’d walk into the spread but that didn’t happen.We both had to p*ss and every bird that came by was landing with the live birds so We flushed them out . Then in the afternoon we finally had birds coming in again, all in pairs which was perfect for 2 shooters. I cleaned up 3 more and missed one, was shooting 100% on one shot till that miss! My buddy only ended up with one more, his gun malfuncted on 2 feet down birds that would have been dead, and also missed one out of the pair I missed. So, we at least shot at a limit, all in all a great day and good success for it being my first year targeting geese!
  5. Good shoot! I got permission on the field I was hoping for. Gonna be a tough hide /setup as the birds are strung out along a several hundred yard flooded ditch in a short stubble field (with a little snow and I don't have snow covers for the layouts) and not really concentrated in one area of it. Gonna give it a shot though!
  6. Jumping Canadas is really fun to me. Had a perfect opportunity at a bigger group, sitting in a pond at the bottom of a tall bank, stopped at the house and by the time the guy got to the door and said go ahead and hunt, the geese had swum out too far to jump. They'll be there Saturday though....
  7. Me and a buddy got out to do some jump shooting, as we couldn’t get on any fields/loafs due to lack of scouting time. Only had one good jump, 2 geese on the river, one shot fired by each of us( simultaneously!) , 2 geese fell dead. Praying to get permission for Saturday on a field I found last night!
  8. I ordered a wicked lights headlamp and am impatiently waiting on its arrival. Only a few more days to bag my first fox(my goal for this year).
  9. Turns out she wasn't a hunting dog, but when she was on her walk she decided she wanted to take a hike up over the hill following some sort of scent!
  10. She is back home safe. As annoying as Facebook is, it was how we found the owners. She made quite the trek over beartown Hill, glad the yipping coyotes we heard didn’t find this sweet girl!
  11. Got Home from a a Super Bowl party last night and this beagle was sitting on the front porch. I live on Kane Road in Painted Post, basically at the end of Beartown Road where it meets 417. Haven’t seen her before, but there were some guys hunting the town gravel pits on Addison road, maybe it is there dog. She is very sweet and obedient, somebody must be missing her. She is safe and warm in my house. Please spread the word. My name is Jeff 607-346-1506.
  12. How do you like that WSM? As far as knock down power and fur damage. I too want to focus on foxes, I have yet to bag one but have had much better luck calling in greys than yotes. So now I am carrying a .223 and a shotgun. I know the .223 will more than likely destroy a fox so I'm looking for something more fur friendly. Leaning towards .22 mag because they're affordable but also want something that would take a coyote so I'm wondering if a .22 hornet would better suit me or if the .17 WSM or .17 hornet would be worth a look.
  13. I have read similar articles about eye color, didn’t clear it up. Guess I can’t say what it was unless I had seen it in the light better. Good lesson to not shoot the first eyes you see though! If not tonight I will be out next Saturday night for sure (the honey works late so I’ve got the time!)
  14. Novice question here. While out last night I was calling for about 20 minutes when I caught a pair of eyes in the light. They showed green reflection, whatever it was would slowly work its way across the hill side, surely looking at the caller but not coming in. After watching it for about 5-10 minutes I lost sight of it, a very short time later I caught eyes down in the corner of the field I was in, I was able to positively ID that as a deer (also green eye reflection). Question is, do predators show green eye reflection, or was I tricked by a whitetail investigating my call from a distance? The eyes appeared to be very close together on the front of the animals face, but with it being pitch black and my light only good for ID to about 80 yards, I can't say for certain what I saw was not a deer.
  15. WOW! Nice yote, glad you got redemption on him!
  16. The number and types of birds usually determines how I clean them. Woodies always get plucked, singe the smaller feathers off and split down the middle to cook in cast iron or on the grill. I currently have a couple whole plucked mallards in the freezer that will be for a special dinner (cooking a whole duck properly is tedious). For most puddle ducks I will breast out and cook skin on, divers always get skinned. Geese get breasted out skinless and also have legs worth saving. Hank Shaw is an amazing wild game chef and has so many unique ways to cook ducks, geese, and their parts. Check it out. https://honest-food.net/
  17. Get him on some pigeons this summer too! Practices your wingshooting and his retrieving (and they are actually tasty!)
  18. Great job! Had some good shooting on Seneca today too. Congrats!! Long wait till next season now
  19. Well late season is over for me, only got out twice but had a great season! Today was a 3 man hunt that started with boat issues and slow duck action. A few singles were picked off but we don’t get any flocks in. We weren’t set up for divers but late morning a large flock of redheads worked the shore over us and a 3 man limit hit that water in one volley! My first redhead! I ended up shooting 3 new species this year (Green Winged Teal, Gadwall, Redhead). I am ready for it to be next late season already!
  20. Hmmm maybe ill be in the market for a 22 mag (again regretting selling the one I had).
  21. No, the gun I have is a Mossberg MVP predator edition. It's chambered in 5.56x45 so it will also shoot .223. It is a really nice shooting gun, bolt action and takes AR-15 mags. Hoping that a .223 wont damage a fox pelt too much. I want a red and a grey for the wall, then the rest would go to market (should I have that great of a season).
  22. Got a question on caliber vs pelt retention, mainly regarding foxes as I have very little confidence in calling yotes. I used to hunt with a .204 but sold that gun (always seems like a good idea at the time, now I regret). I only ever called in one yote with that gun and it put a teeny hole on one side and never exited if I remember right. Now I have a rifle chambered in 5.56 and was planning on shooting hornady vmax in .223 out of it. Is a shoulder/lung shot with this going to wreck a fox hide? Should I use different bullets, or should I be searching for a new gun?
  23. Well, I educated another fox (potentially the one I already squeaked at) in my back yard last night. While waiting for my girlfriend to get home I decided I would go stand out by the barn, wait for the motion light to turn off, and then let the FoxPro run just for shyts and giggles. A few minutes in and I caught some eyes coming through the tiny woodlot along the road. Never got a positive ID, but it gave me the impression it was a gray fox. Will be actually going out some night next week, will report!
  24. Did you hunt Seneca out of Watkins? That truck in the back and your boat looks like the guys that’s pulled us out of the icy ramp. If so, thanks again!
  25. Hunted Seneca this morning. Mallards did not want to play, but the Gadwall sure did, never expexted see as many as we did. They worked perfect, just bombed into the dekes with no circling. Shotn7 Gadwall and 1 mallard
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