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Discussion in 'Texas Hunting & Fishing' started by Vaquero, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Vaquero

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    It's served me well enough.

    Sunset.
    Determining sunset in an area where the western horizon is obscured can be difficult.
    Pick out a tall object you can easily see from your position.
    When the shadow creeps up to 1/2 of it's height, unload your gun.
    Cell towers or water towers work well for this.

    When leading a left to right, or right to left flyer, use 1 barrel width of lead. Distance will not require an adjustment.
    The distance makes the lead wider by itself, and your barrel swing adjusts automatically as well.

    Straight in and straight away are easiest for me.
    Incoming, cover the bird with the barrel and fire.
    Going away, front bead just below the bird.

    High fliers (low percentage shot) use the same weight and velocity shells but switch to #6 shot.
    Fewer pellets by a bit but the distance and retained energy increase is noticeable.

    Get your downed bird asap and keep your game bag off the ground.
    Fire ants are everywhere and they work quickly.

    When you down a bird, keep your eye on it as best as possible. Once you reach the area it went down, throw your hat down.
    If you keep looking and wandering, youl soon be guessing where you originally saw it hit.
    5 minutes of searching is a good honest effort, get back to your perch.


    Above all, know where your companions are in the field and let them know if you move.

    Happy hunting!
     


  2. txbikerman

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    thats great advice. I remember looking for down birds. it was always a pain . thanks
     
  3. Vaquero

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    Oh,
    Keep still as best you can till you are ready to shoulder your gun.
    Dove will detect very slight movements and veer off faster than a cat can lick it's ass.

    And snakes move a lot this time of year. Luckily, youve got the proper gun and shells to dispatch them.
    Eyes on the sky but don't forget the ground as you move about.
     
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  4. txbikerman

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    they are like aerobatic jets
     
  5. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Moderator Staff Member Moderator TGT Supporter

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    Get a dog.

    You laugh, but I probably haven't shot a bird without one for 20 years. They are great companions in the field, and when you shoot one down that sails over a barb wire fence, invaluable.

    Keep the barrel swinging. Keep your cheek planted on the stock. Shoot some clays.
     
  6. stdreb27

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    I just hunt with a buddy, he shoots 49 birds I shoot 1 and he gives me 24...
     
  7. Vaquero

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    Been there.
     
  8. 35Remington

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    When you shoot a bird, stop looking for other birds until you retrieve the downed one. Otherwise, you will likely forget where he landed.
     
  9. TexMex247

    TexMex247 Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    Good advice. We see a majority of bird flying from 7 to 8pm at my buddy place. Otherwise , my timing is all based on distance and choke, with a modified, your tips work well. Full choke with lead and you may not have much bird left if they are flying into it. Definitely true about their sight, they have good vision and deviate at the slightest movement.
     
  10. tXfactor

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    get a dog
     


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