Fairly slow, it's never as good as the state forecast, oh well, haven't missed an opener in a couple decades.
Saturday, our group of 5 along with my 5th grade Grandson and his buddy ended up with 9 pheasants and 4 quail hunting from as soon as it was light enough to see color to dark. It's not for advertisement, but the two boys outshot Grandpa.
Sunday, my Son and I were the only ones going and we put in 4 hours in the morning and headed for home. Got 2 roosters and Scott got 3 quail, Grandpa went 2 for 2 on the roosters even if the boys don't believe it.
My Son and I with our 16s, mine a Dickinson SxS, his a late 40's Ithica 37.
Scott's 7 year old German Shorthair, Katy, did a good job both days and showed the new 7 month old pup how it's done. This morning, Sunday, the pup was really catching on, holding steady on a covey of quail and a couple singles. He also retrieved everything he could beat the older dogs to all weekend.
Joined: 01 Oct 2007
It was pretty slow in West central Ks where I hunted
We were a party of eight that knocked down six roosters. We missed a couple and had half dozen flush out of range. Weather was cool and misty. We only hunted three hours as that’s all the land we had to hunt.
Of those six we knocked down I got a couple with my 16 ga Citori.
It just so happens that neither of the roosters were pointed, but got up away from where the dogs were at the moment.
We were hunting all walk in ground, no private. Only the first field of the day hadn't already had a party work it. Most of the day you were just trading fields, as one group loaded up and left, another took their place.
Joined: 01 Dec 2005
Open that action! Both actions are closed in a situation in which the guns should be in a safe "inactive" condition -- a photo op. I'm tired of seeing photos, videos and TV hunting programs with unsafe gun manners, even marginally unsafe ones. We on this gun site often overlook such stuff, but what do outsiders know? -- we should be setting better examples. Models in the advertisements in major sporting magazines, who are evidently not gun-familiar people, often show images of unsafe or discourteous gun handling -- shame on the companies who employ them. In the case of this photo, the fellows no doubt are gun-familiar, and should know better.
My pet peeve for handling in proximity of others in a non-firing-ready situation (as in this photo, or at the gun club, or near the vehicle when preparing to hunt, etc) is the over-the-shoulder hold of a repeater, with the barrels pointing mostly horizontal (head level) toward the rear. Worse yet is the break-action gun held with the barrels pointing back over the shoulder, buttstock in front. What happened to "muzzle up and down-range", or "muzzle down, and close to the carrying person"? -- especially in the case of repeaters. With break-action guns it is either "action broken with barrels down in front of carrier" (e.g. crook-of-the-arm carry), or "action broken with barrel down and against chest of carrier, with buttstock protruding over the shoulder" (proper over-the-shoulder carry). Action Broken, Broken, Broken! Barrels Down, Down, Down, -- Unless you are ready to shoot, or carrying with muzzle in a safe direction while hunting -- which can be up or down, but always away from people, dogs or other valuable stuff which should be considered by the gun-handler, in the event he might turn or fall.
Sorry, I know I'm mostly preaching to the choir on this site, but I had to let 'er rip, so to speak.
Congrats on the good hunting results, and thanks for sharing the photos, though.
Similar experience here. Dad and I went out both days and had some fun. Rooster numbers were about the same from last year, but we got into quail on every field we hunted. Hunting without dogs we bagged 3 roosters and 8 quail for the weekend. Definitely could have had 3-4 more roosters if I could have shot straight.
I used my 1948 16ga Mod 12. Dad was using a 1955 Winchester Model 50 with a factory IC barrel I picked up a few years back. It was fun to be out and about with a pair of vintage Winchesters! I also was using old compression formed Pheasant loads that really dropped them when I did my part.
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