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Couple of recent hunts. Dogs are doing great and having a ball. I made a decision to scrap bow hunting most of the year to get the girls out as often as possible. 

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I never could figure out why anyone would want to sit around in a tree  waiting for some silly deer to come by when they could be hunting upland birds or ducks...

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This afternoon’s hunt. 2 1/2 hours and the setters had a ball. I agree Pygmy. I find myself getting so wound up to kill a deer and waste time That can be Spent with the dogs. When deer opened later there was a time for everything.  Once deer started Opening earlier and earlier, I felt compelled to get out there after them. 

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Nice shooting and great work by the dogs. Are those birds from public land that were released by the DEC?

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My cousin owns a hunting preserve. My nephew and I go out a couple nights a week after all the hunters have finished and Hunt the fringes and rough areas for leftovers. Its as hard a hunt as The wild birds I hunted 25 years ago. We just hit every nook and cranny On his 600 acres. Sometimes we find them...other times one or 2. 

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I miss hunting pheasants. I use to do it a lot with a friend that I fell out of touch with. Our lives took us in separate directions. Then I got a lab that was great at pheasant hunting and I would go out alone but it wasn’t as much fun. She got old and I retired her a good few years ago before she hurt herself. Her drive to hunt was out of this world and she would be sore for a couple of days the last year I hunted her.


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6 hours ago, Moho81 said:

I miss hunting pheasants. I use to do it a lot with a friend that I fell out of touch with. Our lives took us in separate directions. Then I got a lab that was great at pheasant hunting and I would go out alone but it wasn’t as much fun. She got old and I retired her a good few years ago before she hurt herself. Her drive to hunt was out of this world and she would be sore for a couple of days the last year I hunted her.


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    Pheasants are what, I started with way back in 1974 when, I was 14.

   Back then my Father had Peggy- the English Setter. One of the best Pheasant Dogs in Orange County.

    She was superb in Corn Fields and working both sides of a Rock Wall. Rock Solid Points! Right from the start at 14, I was taking 30+ Pheasants a year.

   Nowadays my Sister let's me take her Flat Coated Lab-- ABBEY Pheasant Hunting. She is a Hell of a Flusher!

  I have only been out once this Fall so far as my Old Car is Broke Down again.   Hope to get back out there again in a week or so.

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23 hours ago, GreenDrake said:

My cousin owns a hunting preserve. My nephew and I go out a couple nights a week after all the hunters have finished and Hunt the fringes and rough areas for leftovers. Its as hard a hunt as The wild birds I hunted 25 years ago. We just hit every nook and cranny On his 600 acres. Sometimes we find them...other times one or 2. 

What preserve? 

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Anyone in the Buffalo area ever hear of Clear Lake WMA in North Collins?  I see it is listed as a pheasant release site. I've driven by there and had no idea it even existed???  

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Yep off Genesse....between Jennings and 72. Apparently it was a reservoir for the jails back in the back and they turned the property over to the state this summer.

My buddy has been over there a few times and said it got hit pretty hard with people hiking and fishing this summer. He was there last weekend and talked with a father and son you were chasing pheasants without no dog.

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7 hours ago, GreenDrake said:

Vernon National Shooting Preserve

I had a feeling. I know the owner and his father very well. I fish infront of his house for the last 10 years. This was the first year I didnt make it up. In fact there may be a chance I met you last year when I was there with Sam and mt father. He was introducing us to people (A few of his cousins also)

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My dad got 2 and i got 1 at harwood lake this a.m. i missed one, and didnt shoot a hen due to miscommunication with my dad. My son followed along and loved it. Duke did a great job, flushed a total of 9 birds just cant control the way they take off.

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Got out this morning in Braddock. 4 guys with a dog. Took 2 birds. Practically had to step on them to make them flush. All in all a good morning. Here's the kid all excited to see the bird.

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Thats my dads 3rd son lol. 10 years old now, he has definitely slowed a little from years past but he did a great job today.

He’s a thick one who clearly gets the good seat on the couch and an extra scrap or two from the table until it’s go time! I loved how quickly my Brittany went from couch potato to hunter right when he saw my shotgun care come down the stairs.


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1 hour ago, crappyice said:


He’s a thick one who clearly gets the good seat on the couch and an extra scrap or two from the table until it’s go time! I loved how quickly my Brittany went from couch potato to hunter right when he saw my shotgun care come down the stairs.


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Yea he slims up as the season moves on. First time out this year, 10 years old and we walked 3.5 miles, he probably did 10 miles zig zagging everywhere. Hes slowing down some but still a amazing bird dog.

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