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Old November 3rd, 2015, 04:38 PM
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Any hunters here?

Few more days before pheasant and quail season opens here in NJ. Been wating since last February!
Both me and the dog are ready to go!

Any other hunters, bird or otherwise?

A few pics from past days a field
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 04:52 PM
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My field Springers can't wait! Where do you go for Pheasant...I wont take them to public lands in NJ...too many idiots...
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 05:06 PM
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My field Springers can't wait! Where do you go for Pheasant...I wont take them to public lands in NJ...too many idiots...
I go on public lands (WMA) Just gotta be smart about it. And with a decent dog you can be. Don't go at sunrise in a Saturday morning. Go in the afternoons or Even after 9-10. Plenty of birds still and you'll do near be alone.

If you ever want to get out with someone shoot me a PM. Always fun to meet new hunting buddies. And to be honest shooting a bird is just bonus. I go to watch the dog work

------ Follow up post added November 3rd, 2015 05:07 PM ------

Cute pups btw. They are just looking at you like. "Can we go hunting yet!"
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 06:41 PM
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I get out for Woodcock and Grouse regularly in the fall and continue hunting grouse until the end of the season. I don't do much pheasant hunting anymore, as wild birds or holdovers from birds put out the year before are nil. Also get out a few time for puddle ducks.

Always with a dog or two! Hunting doesn't really feel like hunting without a dog.....
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I get out for Woodcock and Grouse regularly in the fall and continue hunting grouse until the end of the season. I don't do much pheasant hunting anymore, as wild birds or holdovers from birds put out the year before are nil. Also get out a few time for puddle ducks.

Always with a dog or two! Hunting doesn't really feel like hunting without a dog.....
I went for woodcock my first time last week. They got the best of me!

heres the whole story:

So i get up to Del Gap around 130pm to see if my dog can find some woodcock. First time woodcock hunting for both of us. My understanding is these things like dense woods/brush, near soft wet soil. So i remember a few spots up in DelGap NRA and head to them. We hack through the thickest nastiest briar patches, through soft mucky areas, young forest, old forest, flats and hills. Eventually my dog kicks one up with out pointing, but i see it only goes a few yards and lands. Dog re groups and points the briar the Woodcock landed in. I try to work my way around all sorts of brush so i can line up for a shot as i move into flush. Well as Im working my way around, the bird takes off straight ahead and away, I fire a hail mary shot and miss by yards Im sure. We follow the direction it went until we get to some briars that were just too thick for either of us to bust through. O well, im sure there are more...right?

We spend the next few hours doing more of the same with no luck. ON the way out i run into 2 deer hunters that mentioned they saw some Pheasant in the fields by the road. I figure if all else is a bust, i'll bring the dog there to do a little training. I was skeptical how there were pheasant there even, since the state doesn't release in that area for dog training and the season hasn't started (no stocked birds). My guess was fly overs from the PA side or a Warden maybe putting out some bait for the unwarey hunter to take out of season? Who knows!

Well i wasn't giving up on the woodcock just yet, so we go to another area, hunt for another hour and find some splatter but no birds.

At this point I'm giving up and figure while there is still an hour of daylight, lets go put the dog on those pheasant for some training. Park the truck, leave the shotgun in the car, grab the blank gun (cant shoot the pheasant anyways) and hit the field. He gets real birdy within 50 yards and goes on point.... but then he loses it. Birds are running. Just great! while re-setting a Hen flushes and goes across the field... but hes on the trail of another bird. Sure enough after playing cat and mouse for a little bit a rooster goes up.

Now I'm thinking great. Missed out on woodcock and i just pushed my dog to bust on 2 birds. What a day! Well i figure lets go see if i can get him to point that Hen in the other field I saw it fly to. As I'm walking up to it, with the dog up ahead.... I damn near step on a woodcock. SOB goes up not 3 ft from me, whistling away and looking at me with his big bill saying "F-you".... and the best part is.....ALL I HAVE IS MY DAMN BLANK GUN!! AHHH!!! If i had my shotgun i could have smacked it out of the air it was that close. Not to mention i spent 3.5hrs getting torn to shreds in briars only to find one in a wide open, harmless field!

So now I'm pumped and pissed at the same time. I run back to the car, grab the shotgun, and head back to where i think the woodcock probably landed. Start working that field and the dog locks up real good. I mean full on run to dead still point. I walk over to flush what I assumed was the wood cock, gun at the ready...and 2 pheasant Hens flush in different directions. It took every muscle in my body not to shoot those things out of pure frustration, but i resist and just fire a shot in the air (not at the birds) to let the dog know he did well, and carry on. At this point the sun is getting low, and we work our way back to the truck for the long drive home....birdless!

Somedays just aint your day i guess! but I'm glad the dog ended on a good note, with a solid find and point. Just sad i couldn't drop them for him.

lesson to be learned: Always have your gun at the ready right up till your back in the car. We hunted for 5 hours and the 20 minutes im without my gun is when i had my shot!
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 07:21 PM
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lesson to be learned: Always have your gun at the ready right up till your back in the car. We hunted for 5 hours and the 20 minutes im without my gun is when i had my shot![/I]
Aint that the truth!
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From last year, ready for the season this year.
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From last year, ready for the season this year.
Nice. Been dieing to try some waterfowl hunting.
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Nice. Been dieing to try some waterfowl hunting.
If you like being up real early and freezing to death, its the hunting for you. I know guys that have heaters in their blinds which is just cheating.... or smart.
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Loved going out with my English setter into the field. She was fantastic working the field and pointing.
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Old November 4th, 2015, 10:04 AM
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Been out pheasant hunting a few times and loved it, but not many places around here to do it.


Been small game hunting since I was 12, deer and turkey since 15.


Saw this girl last week from my stand. She was bigger than the picture depicts, but Im holding out for bigger
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Old November 4th, 2015, 10:23 AM
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If you like being up real early and freezing to death, its the hunting for you. I know guys that have heaters in their blinds which is just cheating.... or smart.
Beats sitting on the couch. I just don't want to invest in all the gear
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Been out on the Pahtridge a few times when I'm actually in CONUS this year for hunting season. Bagged a few thus far, still beats a day of work.
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Little vid from some action this past fall. Gonna try and get out a few more times before the season is over.

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Nice! Great visibility, can't see more than 15 feet while pushing through briars in my area.
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Nice! Great visibility, can't see more than 15 feet while pushing through briars in my area.
That's the case in a lot of the areas by me too But with my dogs range I try to stay the hell away from them. He loves to range far (for a foot hunter) and a point is no good if I can't find him.

Plus he doesn't know how to go around briars just right through them. A few hours in and his tore to shreds.

I much prefer the pinelands and open fields when I can for both those reasons.
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Used to hunt pheasant on Andrew Kellogg's estate /Hudson Farm there in Andover,NJ .
http://www.hudsonfarmnj.com/

A bit of history. The creation of the Appalachian trail was dreamed up @ Hudson Farm in 1921.

Its also the base for Griffin and Howe. Over the years they offered me some stupendously expensive guns to shoot (fine doubles only allowed)
for the day. I'd show up with an LC Smith or my over under and they'd smile and hand me a Holland and Holland.

http://griffinhowe.com/contact/shooting-school/
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Used to hunt pheasant on Andrew Kellogg's estate /Hudson Farm there in Andover,NJ before his death last summer.
Must be related to Peter? I went to Hudson farm a couple of times thru a friend years ago. That place is amazing. No hunting just trap with the kids.

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Little vid from some action this past fall. Gonna try and get out a few more times before the season is over.
Great vid! Mack looks like he was in heaven!
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I try to get out a few times a year with my family. I am taking my Brittany to Texas for four days in late February this year - the quail population is way up this year.
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I try to get out a few times a year with my family. I am taking my Brittany to Texas for four days in late February this year - the quail population is way up this year.
We used to do a dove hunt @ the 74 Ranch in Cambellton Tx every October. Quail were everywhere but we were dove hunting...
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74 Ranch Resort: South Texas Hunting, Clay Shooting, Photo Safaris

Everyone else flew in to the ranch in their own planes. I flew in commercial and the ranch sent a truck to pick me up in San Antonio.... cheap bastidd
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