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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:13 am 
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lossking wrote:
Joe, squirrel chili sounds great. I must try it some time.

Filnez, sorry to hear of your health issues. I'm 67 years old, have relatively mild arthritis and suffer with occasional very persistent headaches. I've slowed down, but still manage to hit the woods now and then. Hope you feel better soon and are able to get after them again.



I'm with you boys on the age and aches and pains but the squirrel woods and your favorite gun sometimes can be good medicine.




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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:53 pm 
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Brought down 2 with the Kimber so far this weekend.
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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:33 am 
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Glad you are able to get out again, Filnez. I didn't make it this week.


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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:41 am 
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I got one this morning and one this afternoon right before I got a visit from the TN game warden! :shock:

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I had never met a game warden in the woods before and I didn't know what to expect. I had just been shooting at squirrels so anyone would have known someone was already in there hunting Here comes this guy through the woods carrying an AR-15 or similar rifle walking slow as if he were hunting. I can't see that he is a warden yet. I just sort of had to pause to contemplate what this guy was doing and how I should react. Then I simply said "howdy" and he replied. He walked a few more steps and told me who he was. As soon as he did I said "Sir I have a concealed hand gun and a permit for it.". "Oh, okay." he replied. He was so casual about his approach yet I felt so awkward. Here I am holding a loaded 12 ga and a XDS .40 and I don't know if I have done something wrong or what. I'm wondering if a stray pellet has somehow hit someone's dog or something. I wanted him to ask me to sit my gun down and ask me where my pistol was. He just asked me questions and I showed him my CWP and my VA hunting license after I asked him if I could reach for my wallet and told him where my pistol was located. I asked if I could unload my shotgun and sit it down too. I didn't want to make a wrong move. He was completely laid back about all that stuff and was trying to make small talk with me but I was so intensely serious about the ordeal that I didn't notice. The guy was great though. After he politely let me know that I might be close to being a little bit too far over into the edge of Tennessee he asked me if I had seen any sign of wild hogs lately, etc. He said he was going to be on his way and I called it a day. I made a big deal out of it for nothing.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:15 am 
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Sounds like a routine check. I've had them many times. It's no big deal if you're in compliance with the applicable laws.

Congrats on the two bushytails.


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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:36 pm 
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Sounds like a routine check. I've had them many times. It's no big deal if you're in compliance with the applicable laws.

Congrats on the two bushytails.


I expected it to be more like when you get pulled over. The officer takes precautions to make sure he or she doesn't get shot, doesn't want you reaching for things etc. Are game wardens always relaxed like the one I met?

The TN game warden doesn't typically visit my hunting grounds to check people. You can only access my spot from Virginia roads. The TN line begins at most a quarter mile from the river so only a small part of the land is in TN and it is 'cut off' from the rest of the state by the river. One of the land owners said that they usually come once a year. I imagine they come mostly to check for signs of wild hogs. The TN department of game has been trapping them right across the river from my spot for several years.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:46 am 
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lossking wrote:
Sounds like a routine check. I've had them many times. It's no big deal if you're in compliance with the applicable laws.

Congrats on the two bushytails.


I expected it to be more like when you get pulled over. The officer takes precautions to make sure he or she doesn't get shot, doesn't want you reaching for things etc. Are game wardens always relaxed like the one I met?


In my experience they are, if they're engaged in a routine check. If they have reason to suspect you of a violation, the tension level is going to be elevated. I stay legal and friendly, and get along fine with them.


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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:19 am 
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Got one squirrel this morning with the Kimber; flushed two rabbits but no chance of a shot at either.
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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:16 pm 
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Filnez wrote:
Got one squirrel this morning with the Kimber; flushed two rabbits but no chance of a shot at either.
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Nice work Filnez!

Rabbit season opened yesterday here. I'm considering giving the squirrels a break this year and focusing on the rabbits as I'm already growing tired of eating the squirrels.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:23 pm 
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Harvesting small game in England today.
The morning rain dried up by afternoon and provided some easy and some testing shots.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:06 pm 
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Harvesting small game in England today.
The morning rain dried up by afternoon and provided some easy and some testing shots.

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How big are those? They look huge! Much bigger than the cotton tails around here.
I saw and missed three rabbits yesterday. :oops: They are smart enough to stay under cover of the dense, young cedar trees that are somehow not choked out by the briar vines that dominate them. If not for the paths worn through them by deer and cattle I wouldn't even be able to walk through them.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:48 am 
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fishinpolejoe wrote:
Ratdog wrote:
Harvesting small game in England today.
The morning rain dried up by afternoon and provided some easy and some testing shots.

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How big are those? They look huge! Much bigger than the cotton tails around here.
I saw and missed three rabbits yesterday. :oops: They are smart enough to stay under cover of the dense, young cedar trees that are somehow not choked out by the briar vines that dominate them. If not for the paths worn through them by deer and cattle I wouldn't even be able to walk through them.

They are big but closer to the camera lens so a little decieving.
Our rabbits are a little bit bigger than your cotton tails.
I missed a couple yesterday too.
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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:56 am 
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Most cottontails I've seen that big are what I know as Swamp Rabbits . They stay in heavy brush areas and close to Creek bed areas . Never killed one yet . Bet that is enough for a few meals ?!


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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:28 pm 
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I noticed they were closer to the camera. They are still quite large. The biggest cotton tails around here do well to reach the size of an average house cat minus its tail.

What sort of pheasants do you have there? You must be a very skilled shot to be taking game birds with a rifle. We shoot crows with rifles around here but that's about it as far as birds go.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:35 pm 
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fishinpolejoe wrote:
I noticed they were closer to the camera. They are still quite large. The biggest cotton tails around here do well to reach the size of an average house cat minus its tail.

What sort of pheasants do you have there? You must be a very skilled shot to be taking game birds with a rifle. We shoot crows with rifles around here but that's about it as far as birds go.

Hi, places I can hunt are surrounded by pheasant preserves for private shoots.
I control varmints best I can and some birds wonder on to me due to it being reasonably quiet.
I get all sorts of pheasants, old English ringnecks, blue backs, Japanese greens but this year I believe they are some Polish crosses!
They are quite vocal and wary.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:34 pm 
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fishinpolejoe wrote:
I noticed they were closer to the camera. They are still quite large. The biggest cotton tails around here do well to reach the size of an average house cat minus its tail.

What sort of pheasants do you have there? You must be a very skilled shot to be taking game birds with a rifle. We shoot crows with rifles around here but that's about it as far as birds go.

Hi, places I can hunt are surrounded by pheasant preserves for private shoots.
I control varmints best I can and some birds wonder on to me due to it being reasonably quiet.
I get all sorts of pheasants, old English ringnecks, blue backs, Japanese greens but this year I believe they are some Polish crosses!
They are quite vocal and wary.

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I didn't know there were so many varieties. I'm not even sure if it is the same thing but we have what we call grouse here. You can hear them drumming from quite a distance and they will startle you when you flush one. You have to be pretty quick to get a shot.

I haven't eaten one since I was a kid but they are the best bird I've ever eaten. I wish there were more of them around.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:55 am 
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fishinpolejoe wrote:
I'm not even sure if it is the same thing but we have what we call grouse here.


I looked it up. Ruffed grouse is what we have in my area.

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https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruffed_Grouse/id
"The dappled, grayish or reddish Ruffed Grouse is hard to see, but its “drumming on air” display is a fixture of many spring forests. It can come as a surprise to learn this distant sound, like an engine trying to start, comes from a bird at all. This plump grouse has a cocky crest and a tail marked by a broad, dark band near the tip. Displaying males expose a rich black ruff of neck feathers, giving them their name. "

There are no pheasants where I live.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:22 am 
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Not got any grouse by me but in Britain there are red grouse, black grouse, ptarmigan and a few capercaillie.

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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:18 am 
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Only squirrel seen so far this week.
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 Post subject: Re: Small Game Hunting Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:15 am 
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Hunted for a couple of hours at the inlaws place this afternoon, froze at 28 degrees! Cold for me. brrrrrrr Saw one killed same Kimber Hunter 22. Been a sparse season, just not finding many after the months long drought we had here 2016.
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