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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:28 pm 
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655 miles to Western Kansas for Pheasant
608 miles to Sandhill chickens and sharpies
897 miles to ND for Pheasant and a Hun or two
851 miles to SD for Pheasant and a Ruffed if we are lucky.
1209 miles to Az for Gambles and scaled.

We try to do at least two of these a year.

Also do some preserve, tower shoot, state released, opening day dove and the few and far between local wild pheasant or quail 12 or so times a year within 100 miles. Would love to do international some day. Have a bucket list retirement plan to do a 100th meridian hunt. Good lord willing and the creek don’t rise.




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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 2:20 pm 
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Location: Endless Mountains of PA
Gentlemen,

I have to admit that the time and expense of traveling to bird hunts has definitely increased. When we invested in our motor home years ago, the cost went down for me to travel and set up a bird camp.

However now instead of taking the motor home to the UP we rent a nice cabin, for less than the fuel cost for running my motor home, back and forth to Pa. Short trips into the mountains to hunt here in Pa and NY are still cost effective, however they are becoming more costly also. Unless I purchase a new smaller motor home, that gets good fuel milage, the motor home is now more expensive to use than renting a nice cabin in most destination places, especially those farther away.

Because of my open heart surgery, the time away from my doctor appointments has become a problem also. Planning all this out to still be able to hunt has definitely become more difficult. Making sure there is a major hospital in immediate travel distance is also more of a concern. I use to travel and hunt a great deal of the time all by myself, this is no longer advisable for me either, and it cuts down on the many hunting trips I use to take all by myself. I need to have my hunting partner with me now, for my own safety, especially on the longer trips.

Pine Creek/Dave
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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 12:31 pm 
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Location: Hemingway, S.C. 29554
It is not so much how far I am willing to travel but how far I can afford to travel. The furthest I have been was when I was a military brat in Taiwan where they have numerous species of doves, bamboo chickens & would you believe, Chinese pheasants? That was on the US Navy's nickel. The problem I have now is I can't leave my wife for long periods. I am on the NC/SC coast just South of Wilmington & the hunting is pretty good right here. I have been to N. Dakota a few times & am looking at Texas. I have hunted pheasant in Washington State & California but that doesn't count because at the time I didn't have to travel to get there!


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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:49 pm 
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geometric,

Man you just brought back some hunting memories in the military for me big time. From Fort Devens, Mass to Germany, to Fort Huachuca, AZ and Fort Hood, TX there were other TDY stations also, that had good bird hunting. Near Ft Huachuca in AZ was the best Mearns Quail hunting in the USA, I also enjoyed the big Grouse in Germany, Ft Devens had good Grouse and Quail hunting both, Ft Hood had great Quail hunting and nice shoot to retrieve FT competitions. As a U.S. Army CID Special Agent I tried to bird hunt in every different place the military stationed me, or where I had to due felony investigative work. Most states and some countries in Europe allowed me to hunt on my military ID, some at no cost. I never thought of it as how far I went to hunt, Uncle Sam picked up all of the tab for travel most of the time.
I can remember being checked by a German Game Warden who was very polite, even gave me some directions to great Grouse habitat and different Grouse populations.

If you add all those miles into my hunting life, I traveled a good deal in my upland shooting life.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:56 pm 
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I live in western Nebraska, the pheasants are plentiful but I got old and lost interest at a time when my daughter married a farmer/rancher. They live on a farm 30 miles away. I asked him one time about how many acres we could hunt , including your friends ,neighbors, and your own land. I don't know, he said, maybe thousands.
I took up the clay sports and don't have to clean anything at the end of the day.
He and my grandson get their deer, pheasants, and antelope (when permits are available) the first day usually tiring of pheasants the first week. Last year the grandson had two deer permits . He got both the first day and was not late for class at his highschool 20 miles away.
All you have to do is try and make a profit with crops and cattle, pay land payments and high taxes.


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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:39 pm 
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Location: SE Ohio...where ruffed grouse were
Take away the dog component from gamebird hunting and the process is often little more than a profit/loss statement or ROI calculation.

Include the dog component in gamebird hunting and the process carries a series of memories involving stumbles and shining days which are incalculable in any dollar and cents analysis.

But, different happens in a big world.


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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:44 am 
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Beginning in Charlotte NC, I hunt......
Grouse in WI twice in October
Pheasants in Kansas in Nov
Pheasants in SD in Nov/Dec
Geese in TX Dec/Jan

I drive, take my time and enjoy the scenes and people along the way, and stop at any gun shop or interesting place I happen to see. Life is short...


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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:29 pm 
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Bailey Boat,

At my age I do the same thing, life is good, learn to enjoy what you have and what you do!

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:18 pm 
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USA and Canada is about it; My local bird hunting is so good, I don't need to fill much more of my time with it I guess.

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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:22 pm 
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BrettK,

I have to admit the hunting around my log cabin in Potter County, Pa is very hard to beat. In reality I have cut way back on my hunting trips out west and have not been to Canada for quite a few years. Because we have so much wild game/birds and now even the planted Pheasants to hunt, I doubt if I will ever return to the UP again. I still like to Grouse hunt in NH, VT & ME but would rather stay at home in Potter county, the Grouse and Woodcock hunting is still pretty good also just across the border in NY, not more than 35 miles away. It maybe I am showing my age in not wanting to travel so far any more, but the Grouse hunting is great right outside my front door.

all the best

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

Pine Creek Heston, as a pup pointing a Grouse on our own property, just outside our front door in Potter/Tioga County, Pa.
Does not get much better than that, for an old Grouse hunter like me.

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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:56 am 
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I’m sneaking up on fifty. I drive about 10k miles every fall... generally one or two day trips. I split the expenses with my dog.

I try to hunt local as much as possible, but I live in Idaho so that’s not too big of a handicap.

Reading this post reminds me to retire close to where I want to hunt (and to take care of my heart health).


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 Post subject: Re: How far are you willing to go in qursuit of winged game
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:58 pm 
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Terrapin,

Because of the cost of owning a nice piece of property where you want to hunt, it is real smart to plan ahead. Look closely at the taxes on the place you intend to purchase. After retirement you need this cost to be as low as possible, and still live where you plan on doing most of your hunting. Our forest log cabin property on the Potter/Tioga county line is situated to accomplish this, with low school & county taxes and great hunting.

Good luck taking care of your heart health, in my generation most of us sportsman were drafted and spent time in Viet Nam where we were subjected to Agent Orange. We hope your generation can avoid this kind of situation.

all the best

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

We call it Gods Country cause it is - Grouse in there front yard!

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