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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:47 am 
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In the thick stuff this morning-red willow brambles up the escarpment. 40 yds, Win 38 gr Super-X H/P 1330 fps. Previously discussed Win 52 repro sporter, and generation 1 Weaver B-4 aboard.

Nice big Ruffie dressed out to a little over 2 1/2 lbs. :bigrin:

Now that's more like it! Get a couple of over-night frosts in, and I'll be able to zoink 'em with the air rifles.

Lookin forward to supper Saturday!

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:09 pm 
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very nice , looks like a fine meal , that old glass does a great job


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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:53 am 
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Some things never grow old- just more comfortable ;)

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Ruffy taken yesterday with the rifle upgraded with a weaver K-3 plain crosshair, and Burris fancy/schmancy turn-in style windage rings and bases.

A long 45 yards. Semi-armoured grouse :roll: . The 38 gr Super X h.p. went in just below the crop where I aimed, and out the off-side leg. Mrs. and I had a fine :bigrin: supper!

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:05 pm 
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nothing better than fresh harvested and by your own hand , tell me - does this ever get rested for a day or two or do you eat at once ? i only ask because you seem to post of one at a time , i see that one meal , do you some times get more than one in a days effort ?


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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:49 am 
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It's been a long time since I've gotten more than one a day, and that ain't for lack of trying.

There have been years where I have limited out on both ruffies and sharptails, every outing- that's 6 of each, and sad to say whole seasons where I've taken none.

Hoping for better numbers once temperatures start dropping a little. I am seeing the occasional sharptail, but no shooting opportunities yet...

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:45 pm 
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that is much like i am hearing here , the numbers are down and there is a plethora of reasons why given ...not necessarily accepted , but that is what the government funded DNR provides these days , the pheasants are supposed to be up this year , i have a lot of friends with the time , dogs and energy to test that - we shall see ,

i have to add here that when i was a youth in the late 50s early 60s there were lots of pheasants south of here in iowa - enough that we as kids hunted without dogs and never had an issue filling out the limit , my mom actually asked that we quit hunting - we had to eat pheasant too often , same with the cottontail rabbits ...but my friends mother was delighted when we brought those so we just redirected our spoils , we loved the hunting and she loved the cooking - with lots of latvian friends that joined us for dinner , i did not understand what they were talking about, but i sure enjoyed the cuisine and we two always got thanked for feeding the group as well as left alone to enjoy our own interests - radio [short wave and CB at that time] also girls ....they kinda got in the way but the were fun to play with , i know that is really unPC but they were thinking the same way as we learned by life lessons at that time ,

SOAP BOX -i just hit on something that was nagging at me in the back of my memories , the girls played the games - they had us chasing them - only caught one that wanted catching and they ran the show from there , often playing hardto get and playing you off against someone else to see who was more interested and who would 'fight' for the goal , , i think we need to revisit exactly what all this BS is in terms of real life experiences , JUST SAYIN


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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:22 pm 
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Went out again up by Belair on the big lake this time and connected again on a Spruce grouse.
Odd weather for late sept- rain and snow mixed together.

Got home and stripped the 52 down for rust prevention. Had a heck of a time finding the tang screw afterwards. I was wearing a light windbreaker instead of a sweater, ant there was a hole in the pocket. Guess where the tang screw ended up :roll: Tore the place apart looking for it for most of last night. Dawned on me this a.m. to check again in the jacket, and it was trapped in the lining...

Tolerance tests like that, I can do without- thank you very much!

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:48 pm 
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boy do i hear that - been in that kind of situation all to often lately - my eyes are not so good anymore and the finger dexterity has diminished with the arthritis , those little buggers can hide so well


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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:44 am 
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After a week at 'em tallies like this:

3 Ruffies all over 45 yds. Longest shot was 60 yds.

One spruce/pine grouse at about 25 yds.

5 shots, 4 birds. I missed one today at about 65 yds.

Flushing sharptails every now and then, but no shooting opportunities. That will change after a couple of good frosts.

The K-3 is nice, but it kinda pushes it over 40 yds. The big ruffies look pretty tiny in it at those longer ranges.

Been a bit of a strange week. I've had white-tailed deer cross my back trail 4 times now. Glassed 2 of them with the K-3, and they are big in that scope at 100 + yds :lol
Spotted black bears twice- both times from the truck.
Today I saw 4 eagles, one of which was a bald eagle. The others were those big brown gryphon type eagles.

I re-tied the cheek riser pad a bit differently, and it seems to be staying in place. The rip-stop nylon is noisy, and it likes to pull at me facial hairs. Gotta find leather to do this with...

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:08 am 
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those big brown ones are golden eagle -quite common in your country , not so much here , i used to fish up there and saw them quite often , they are larger than the bald eagle and very much the same scavengers , i do remember well the time we were floating past a small island and had about a dozen rize from a deer carcass - passing over just feet above us and feeling very small with that experience , awesome birds with over a six foot wingspan ,


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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:34 am 
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Been a while since I got any of these:

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That is a Sharptail.

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Excuse the phone pix. The batteries on the Nikon pancaked again.
Image shows the differentiating tail. When the bird is upright, the tail feathers taper down to a sharp point- hence the Sharptail moniker. They are also slightly feathered in between the toes, and about 40% larger than a ruffie or spruce hen when it comes to adult birds.

Very, very fine eating. I know what Heaven is like :bigrin:

I am seeing a lot of these wily birds. Shooting opportunities are still kind of slim right now. Back to work this Sunday, so this will be the last hunt until mid Oct...

I am doing o.k. with ratio this fall- 9 shots have netted 6 birds. Incidentally, today's sharpie was taken at a whisker over 60 yds. Kudos to the 52. The guy behind the trigger has learnt a bit too...

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:55 am 
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Теперь предлагаем бесплатную ежедневную маммографию!
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Prairie chickens here usually have a strong flavor from eating sage. Went with my brother who was after antelope back in the day & shot 3 chickens. They tasted like liver, they were so strong.

Fortunately, I like liver. :bigrin: SW

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
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These are a variant that eat rosehips, choke cherries, and Labrador tea berries, with the odd aspen leaf thrown in for good luck. They taste noting like liver. Their berry/seed/odd leaf diet makes for a great tasting bird. The taste is hard to describe- KFC on steroids? Nope, but something like that...

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:56 pm 
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Теперь предлагаем бесплатную ежедневную маммографию!
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I have a place to hunt them in wheat stubble. Those have a very mild flavor. We're supposed to get snow soon & then turkey hunting will be ON!

Wild turk tastes so much better then store bought! SW

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
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Got snow twice already here, but it pretty well melted off for now. More in the forecast.

Early in the season for this weather. Like you say, Al Gore is an incontinent idiot....

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2022 1:28 am 
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Doc,

Those are some nice pics.
That's a lovely ol' gun, too.
Reminds me of my dad's Mossberg.
...now I wanna go grouse hunting :P ....


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 Post subject: Re: Classics
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2022 11:21 pm 
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Those old 4-M series scopes were very decent glass.
Rifle looks like an interesting one with the folding wood fore-arm.
We are still almost 5 months from the grouse opener here...

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 Post subject: Re: Classics
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indeed a nice mosberg , i have one like that 141A with the T-bolt and M4D scope , mine has the wood folding forend , the later models had a black plastic one


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