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 Post subject: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:59 am 
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Hello I was invited out to go pheasant hunting this weekend. I have been shooting clays for about 9 years. And have gone goose hunting. Right now I am leaning towards my clay gun a citori cx. My main question is what is the best way to walk the field with it. I am so used to walking with it broken at the club. Would I want to do that in the field until the dog starts to point then load it? Some of the general videos I saw guys with it closed yet pointing up.




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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:26 am 
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If pushing a row crop field (more than likely what you'll be doing) then I would have the gun loaded, on safe and held barrel high. This is no different than how an auto loader would be carried. I do carry with the action broken open in the field at times but it's usually when walking from one spot to another, not while actively hunting. I wouldn't want to be carrying my action open while pushing a milo field either, too many little particles of crap to get down into the action or hinge.

I'd suggest you take whichever gun you are most comfortable and confident with, keep in mind you'll likely be doing a lot of walking so weight can play a factor. Lastly, the dogs won't go on point if hunting a row crop field, Pheasants tend to run until they can't evade anymore and then they flush so you'll have birds popping up left and right without warning.


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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:53 pm 
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I agree with Tex68W, the only double guns I walk with the breech open are my Hammer Guns. With a good safety on a Hammerless gun I walk with the breech closed and the gun on safe. Learn to take the safety off as you raise the gun to shoot the birds. Reload immediately after firing the 2nd shot when bird hunting. Depending on your guns engineering, your gun should reset the safety when breaking the breech work open and then closing it. Some Classic guns do not reset the safety, make sure you reset it manually if required.

Have fun on your Pheasant hunt!

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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 6:06 pm 
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It is a shame that learning things like safe gun-handling in the field have long-since ceased to be a part of growing up. Follow this link and check out Unit 6 - Be a Safe Hunter

https://www.hunter-ed.com/illinois/studyGuide/20101502/

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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:47 pm 
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You will carry it loaded, safety on, muzzle always pointed in a safe direction. Take safety off as gun is mounted to your shoulder. Safety back on, shot or not as gun is removed from shoulder. Take a light weight gun as you will be doing a lot of walking.

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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:34 pm 
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Tal/IL,

Part of the problem is that in the past fathers and older brothers or sisters actually taught young boys and girls how to handle, shoot, clean and store the guns they would hunt with and protect our liberty. Safety was a big part of learning how to handle a gun. Today many young men and ladies have grown up in a single family home, where the parent many times has no experience with any kind of guns. There for the training that should have taken place, never happens. Now the NRA has been teaching people how to use weapons sense the easy 1800's, this is not a substitute for a father or mothers who instructs their own children however, nothing ever is.

Richard Henry Lee, one of our founding fathers believed that the whole body of the people always posses arms and be taught alike, especially when young how to use them. His thoughts on liberty revolved around weapons (Guns) and how every person should be taught to use them, even when young. That every parent had the responsibility to teach his children how to use weapons, to both hunt and safe guard a nations liberty.

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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:42 am 
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You just have to carry it loaded and ensure enough safety


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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:43 am 
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Tal/IL wrote:
It is a shame that learning things like safe gun-handling in the field have long-since ceased to be a part of growing up. Follow this link and check out Unit 6 - Be a Safe Hunter

https://www.hunter-ed.com/illinois/studyGuide/20101502/


When I was a kid going quail hunting with my dad, him saying walking up behind the dog on point, " Don`t be behind me, come up even . " Many years later in the service in Missouri I`m taking guys quail hunting who are hunting them for the first time. What am I saying? " Don`t be behind me, come up even."

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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:35 pm 
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Tidefanatic,

Your Father was correct and now you are passing the training down to other hunters. Nice Job!

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 Post subject: Re: First time upland hunting
PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:05 pm 
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I learned a lot about upland hunting from Robert Ruark whose grandfather lived down the road from our place. He learned from his grandfather, Ned Adkins, who was a retired river pilot on the Cape Fear River.

Beg, borrow, or buy a copy of "The Old Man and the Boy" and you will learn a lot about gun safety through the anecdotes and stories of Robert's life as a boy growing up and being trained by his grandfather. The lessons he was taught were impressed upon him in a way that it is so interesting that you will want to emulate them.

Robert died when I was almost 30 years old. I will always love his books. The Old Man and the Boy was his best, though all of his works are great.

He learned pheasant, quail, squirrel, hog, deer hunting and ethics and related them in a manner that is long lasting. Though he died in 1965, when I was close to 30 years old, his works live on in me and my sons. Follow his example and you will be safe, as will your hunting companions.



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