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Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana

Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« on: September 13, 2007, 08:17:59 AM »
So I hear out in the heartland of our country the pheasant hunting should be swell this year. I also hear grouse number have bounced back, too. Up here in the northeast I'm chomping on the bit to get out in the fields. Can you believe we have another month before we can start chasing grouse?

Rob

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2007, 12:59:54 PM »
  8)Hey, Swamp Yankee!  Sorry bud, we can start this weekend (15th) in Michigan. ;) 
What type of shotgun, choke and load do you use?

Rob
One shot, one kill.

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007, 05:10:21 AM »
Rob,

I'm partial to 16 gauage shotguns and just so happen to have a new Remington Wingmaster. Check it out here: http://uplandfeathers.com/blog1/2007/07/unboxing_remington_wingmaster.html

I shoot #6 with an improved choke.

What do you shoot?

Rob

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2007, 07:44:47 AM »
Robert,

A Remington 870 Express 12 gauge, interchangeable chokes and variable loads: pheasant usually get #6 High Brass, where grouse get #7-8 lows depending on cover.
One shot, one kill.

SPAD

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2007, 08:33:50 AM »
Wished we had a wild population here in Western Wa.  There are some release areas but they are planted with pen-raised birds.  I sure miss growing up in Montana and Western Minn.  Always had birds to chase there.  Currently have a Beretta 391 Gold (Pheasants Forever special edition), use #5's and IC choke.  Been looking at a new 20ga Benelli Montefeltro Silver.
Don't really need a gun to hunt Blue Grouse around here, a rock or tree branch works pretty good.

SPAD

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2007, 09:51:30 AM »
I've been thinking of a Benelli Cordoba in 20 gauge.

DHE

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007, 10:54:05 AM »
Hello everybody;

I surely do wish we had phesant around here (Georgia) to hunt in the numbers available in other parts of the country!  There are some offered on the hunting "plantations" here in Georgia, but, they are pen raised or imported and released for the purpose of being shot.  Those "plantations" are about $800.00 per day (meals are included, drinks are extra) propositions.  They really encourage corporate clients -- you know the kind of deal where the exectutives do the hunting, the corporation foots the bill, and a portion of their party gets a tax write off.

Now, quail are in much lesser numbers, but if you know where to look they can still be found in Georgia contrary to myth.  I am speaking of Bob White quail.  There is a covey that lives behind our house, but that particular covey is so small it would be (to me) unetherical to hunt them.  Of course there is always quail available at the $800.00/day plantations!  But I'll just go to the Dept. of Natural Resouces Wildlife Management Areas, or to some local landowners that I know that don't care if I hunt a few quail as long as I don't shoot the cows (which I don't).  Generally, the quail do not live on sections of the land heavily populated by cows has been my experience anyway.  They prefer the edges of wooded area, fence rows, and areas that have broom sage and / or briars.

To me, bird hunting is not about how many you get, but instead that you went and the experience you had.  When I was a teenager, I felt I had "failed" if I didn't bring many home.  Now, honestly, 2 quail is as good as 12 -- as long as I went bird hunting.

I would LOVE to get to try out grouse hunting someday!  I hear they are very fast flying birds.  It is my understanding that people that are priviledged to be able to live in areas where grouse are available wouldn't trade it for any other bird.  Of course, I cannot imagine trading the Bob White quail for anything else.  But I have heard fantastic stories about the excitement of grouse hunting.  Please describe it to me.  Is it anything like what I see in the media like the grouse hunting in Scotland?  Is the US grouse and the UK grouse similar?  (I mean in flight speed and evasion tactics -- I realize that in the US, birds are shot over dogs, whereas in the UK birds are driven).

Those of you guys who love grouse hunting, I would highly recommend a book by Mike Gaddis titled, "Jenny Willow".

DHE



ray

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2007, 08:10:39 PM »
i use a 20 gauge Ruger Red label with #8...or 7.5s later ;Dfor pats & woodcock...i live in Gaylord Michigan....Pheasants hard to come by...but use Weathery Athena and #6shot is a favorite of mine...use 10 gauge Brwning pump for duck and geese...steel shot..awesome ;D set up 1/3/4 oz of steel 2s for ducks ..same only#1s on up for the geese..Ray264
Big Ray

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2007, 04:56:56 AM »
Im in the uk and our shooting season has just started. The estate nnext door to where i work is shooting 800 bird days on partridge aour pheasant shoots are just about to start. Dont know if many of you know how we shoot round here but i have got several days beating sorted and hopefully will get my chance to shoot soon. I use a beretta silver pigeon 12g o/u multi choke with no 6 shot at begining of season and after christmass we will use 30g 5 shot. :D
the only dangerous thing about a gun is the idiot using it

Re: Pheasant and Grouse Nirvana
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2007, 05:52:37 PM »
I love to Pheasant hunt and I bought a new Browning Cynergy O/U Field 12ga. 26" shotgun last week.It was marked down from $1899 to $1188..I felt I couldn't afford to pass it up at that price.I haven't fired it yet and I was wondering if anyone has any experiences with these guns that they could share with me..Thank You