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 Post subject: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:53 am 
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What's everyone's favorite game to hunt?

I'm caught between hunting rabbits over ferrets and flushed foxes with the dogs.

I think the Foxes probably win, I grew up shooting fox drives every Sunday after church as a kid, and I still do the odd drive now and want to get back into it through the local field and game club.
Calling them into the whistle also gives me a strong sence of achievement as tricking something so cunning into running my to within meters of its only predator against it's instinct is a great feeling

I've taken Pigs and Deer and even wild goats with the shotgun but those same game animinals I hunted as a kid still give me the most satisfaction.



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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:54 am 
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Wild Bobwhite quail, hands down! Nothing else even comes close.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:17 am 
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Location: SE Ohio...where ruffed grouse were
Depends...several bird species are special for the time and effort invested, the place found and the memories made.
However, I would hate to downrate any of them by attaching a numerical value to their attraction, as each can shine...if we are looking.

The important and consistent point which connects them all, pun intended, are the birddogs.


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:06 am 
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Multiflora wrote:
Depends...several bird species are special for the time and effort invested, the place found and the memories made.
However, I would hate to downrate any of them by attaching a numerical value to their attraction, as each can shine...if we are looking.

The important and consistent point which connects them all, pun intended, are the birddogs.



This pretty succinctly summarizes my feelings. Hard to pick just one because they are all different and equally precious in the events and memories that I`ve been priviledged to
experience. Matching wits with a spring gobbler and just enjoying the woods, the memories of walking up behind a setter or pointer on point, the comraderie and shooting ( a lot ! ) in a busy dove field... all equally special.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:10 am 
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casonet wrote:
Wild Bobwhite quail, hands down! Nothing else even comes close.


Great fun but it is now #2 for me. Ruffed grouse is the King IMO!


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:12 am 
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Ain’t no grouse in Kansas. In fact I’ve never even seen one. So, we have to settle for wild pheasant and quail for the most part. Quail are coming back and pheasant are plentiful

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:16 am 
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casonet wrote:
Quail are coming back.....
It may be so in your part of Kansas, but we're sure not seeing in our little corner of the state. Thus, my vote, right now, for favorite game is doves.


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:18 am 
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Great to hear quail are coming back! Really good news!!!

Since I live in FL there is even less to hunt than in KS. It is also hindered by being an over populated state. I travel to do my grouse or anything else hunting. Either that or settle for some lame preserve quail hunts and tower pheasants.

There are significant numbers of turkeys to be hunted and that is fun when I can get on private land. Otherwise it is too dangerous.


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:14 pm 
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oyeme wrote:
Great to hear quail are coming back! Really good news!!!

Since I live in FL there is even less to hunt than in KS. It is also hindered by being an over populated state. I travel to do my grouse or anything else hunting. Either that or settle for some lame preserve quail hunts and tower pheasants.

There are significant numbers of turkeys to be hunted and that is fun when I can get on private land. Otherwise it is too dangerous.



First of all, I don`t blame or criticize anyone who hunts pen raised and put birds. If that`s all you have.... Having said that, it`s not for me. I did it one time and compared to wild quail it felt like shooting small chickens. Sometimes they would fly only 15-20 yards. One guy actually killed one with his cap! I do get the impression that there may be a bit of an increase in wild populations here in Georgia. I would love to see them come back to significant levels in what remains of my lifetime. Even if I never hunt them again, just hearing them whistle conjures up so very many dear and pleasant memories of people..and dogs..and times... that I`ve loved.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:18 pm 
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Ruffed Grouse.


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
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I hunted last fall in the Great Bend area and we got up 5 big coveys. It was fun

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
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Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock top the chart for me, but driven pheasant, partridge and woodcock are a close second.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
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I did love hunting Magpie geese up north, and as fun as wing shooting is, especially as they come thumping down.
But I still think that rolling a fox in full flight is my favorite thing to see.

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Ducks!


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:24 pm 
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casonet wrote:
I hunted last fall in the Great Bend area and we got up 5 big coveys. It was fun



Be careful casonet or you will have me coming to KS to hunt those wild coveys! You have been warned. LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:25 pm 
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Tops for me is squirrels, with doves as a close second.


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
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#1-pheasants
#2-whitetail deer

However, squirrels are on my list to get me in the field more.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:59 am 
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That's something I love about shotguns, there isn't much that you can't hunt with them, they are the most flexible of hunting arms.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
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Squirrels and rabbits.

Why rabbits? I love hearing the dogs run. Beautiful music. I don't care if I have a gun on a rabbit hunt.

Doves when there are any. None, or very few in coastal NC last few years. 40 years ago they were plentiful, now very few.

I will pick rabbits as my favorite now due to the woods being so tangled up by fallen trees due to hurricanes. It is almost impossible to get through. One can't get to the squirrels. With rabbit dogs, the quarry comes to the field or lane.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite game to hunt?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:00 pm 
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Wild quail for me, followed by plantation quail, any species.



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