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Going pheasant hunting for the first time in the morning.

Discussion in 'Tilted Weaponry' started by Borla, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Pheasant hunting seems to be a bit of a lost hobby/interest, at least here in the midwest. I hear older guys talk about doing a ton of it in years past, but not so much anymore. Part of it is because of farmers maximizing their tillage and leaving little/no fence rows, which used to be the pheasant habitat.

    Anyway, one of my best friends recently joined a hunt club that has developed land for several game birds, including pheasants. He invited me to join him tomorrow, we'll see how it goes. Assuming the best, maybe I'll have a new post in the Food forum with my pheasant recipe. :cool:
     
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  2. cynthetiq

    cynthetiq Administrator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    New York City
    My friends do the grouse. Pheasant from time to time but mostly the grouse. I guess for the same reasons you mention.
     
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  3. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Nebraska
    Hard to keep you sporting types indoors. Thhere's probably some guys at the Country Club here who will be on the course tomorrow using black golf balls in the snow.:rolleyes:
    I love to do "The Famous Grouse" which is a good moderately priced Scotch.:)
     
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  4. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    Is the land stocked with birds?

    We have a big grouse population around here.
    At least once every deer season I will be walking slowly along, scouting for deer or just lost in my thoughts and one will flush right next to me, scares the living crap out of me every time!
     
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  5. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor


    There are wild pheasants on the property, but they also stock it. Was definitely a good time, and the preserve is nicely set up. We got 20 birds total, even though the conditions were a little less than ideal, since there was a 20+mph wind all day. That makes it more difficult on the dogs (they catch lots of scent, but it's hard to pin down the exact source) and more of a challenge for the hunter (birds fly way faster and further than normal). It was amazing to see how much the dogs loved it. Good times, would definitely like to try it again.
     
  6. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    Sounds like a difficult hunting endeavor. Glad you exercised your dogs.
     
  7. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    Location:
    Jonesboro ga
    Never been phesant hunting

    Sent from my VS990 using Tapatalk
     
  8. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Pheasant plucker, two versions.

    Would you believe that I found this on kidsopt.co.au
    as a recommended tonguetwister exercise?
    WTF?

    I am not the pheasant plucker,
    I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate.
    I am only plucking pheasants
    ’cause the pheasant plucker’s running late.

    --------------------------------
    British version per my wife.

    I am not the pheasant plucker,
    I’m the pheasant plucker’s son.
    I am only plucking pheasants
    ’til the pheasant plucker comes.
     
  9. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Nebraska
    A couple more twongue tisters...

    Clara, Clara, sitting in her Model A
    All day long the sits and shifts
    All day long she shifts and sits
    She sits and shifts and shifts and sits and sits and shifts and shifts and sits
    Clara, Clara, sitting in her Model A

    Sarah, Sarah, working in the tailor's shop
    All day long she fits and tucks
    All day long she tucks and fits
    She fits and tucks and tucks and fits and tucks and fits and fits and tucks
    Sarah, Sarah, working in the tailor's shop
     
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  10. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Nebraska
    Is (are) grouse the same as quail? I've hunted quail in western Kansas. They're a small bird about the size of a pigeon but much faster. They're as likely to flush out and fly straight toward you as to fly away. I didn't have much luck with quail hunting, being a small teenage girl using a 20 gauge double.
     
  11. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Grouse and quail are not exactly the same, but they are closely related. You probably hunted Ruffed Grouse, which are 1-2lbs, about the size you describe. They tend to be near tree lines or the woods. Grouse are slightly larger and tend to be in more grassy areas.


    Since posting this thread I've been pheasant hunting quite a bit. It is good exercise and they are good to eat.

    In fact, I've just purchased a new shotgun specifically for pheasant and partridge (which we have also hunted). This isn't my gun, but I bought the exact same model as in the link:

    Browning Cynergy Feather 12ga 28" NEW 018703304... for sale

    It is lightweight, and after borrowing an over/under last time I hunted I really liked the advantages it offers.
     
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  12. scout

    scout New Member

    How do you like the Cynergy Borla? I have a 20 guage Cynergy and just a couple weeks ago bought an almost identical 12 guage to yours. I love the 20 for rabbit hunting but I haven't had a chance to take the 12 into the field yet. I purchased the 12 for sporting clays and a little skeet, 5 stand etc. I tried bird hunting a couple times but here in Southern Indiana there just isn't a lot of wild birds. Here most bird hunting is done on preserves with pen raised birds. I tried it a couple times but the birds being pen raised and having to kick them to get them to fly just wasn't my thing. Watching the dogs work was really neat.
     
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  13. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    It is awesome! It's a beautiful gun, the artwork on the receiver is very nice (exactly the same as in the pic I linked above). It shoots straight and I honestly have no complaints. My friend that I usually hunt with bought a Cynergy as well (not the Feather that I have) and loves it too. Given the choice I'm glad I got the Feather, but both are really nice bird guns IMO. Enjoy yours!
     
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  14. scout

    scout New Member

    I believe mine is a Cynergy Field, definitely not a Feather weight. But that's ok. I have a Winchester 101 that I used before getting the Cynergy and it's fairly light. After about 80 rounds into a 120 round sporting clay course your shoulder is starting to get rather tender. If you decide to shoot two in a day your shoulder feels like mince meat by the end of the day. The Cynergy is a little heavier with a nicer butt pad so I'm hoping that helps some.