Woodcock outing

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Woodcock outing

Postby ROMAC » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:08 pm

Had a great time on Friday in South Jersey.

Many flushes, embarrasingly too many misses. We managed to scratch 4 birds. There were 16 gauge Foxes in use thoughout the day as well as a Masquelier 16, but forgive me for using my Browning O/U also for a change. I just felt the need to get out there with it. I usually almost always go to one of my Foxes.

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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Jeff S » Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:03 pm

Beautiful pictures Roger. Those woodcock are gorgeous little birds and your pictures did them justice. Very nice.
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Mills » Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:33 pm

Very nice! I am hoping to do some woodcock hunting around here
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby fox-admin » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:46 am

Roger: When I lived in south Jersey a long time ago Cape May County was the place for Woodcock is that still the case?? Craig
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby ROMAC » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:19 am

You Betcha!

The entire southern rim from the Delaware memorial bridge down through Salem and south and east towards Millville and down along the bay still produce during the migration. Basically any good ground southwest of Routes 40 and 55 can be productive on any given day. A good day can produce 15 flushes a great day can be 30 +. Although, there have been days that you can't find a bird. Hey, that's hunting a migration.

If the limit wasn't 3 each who knows how many flushes in a day. We usually bring 3 dogs and rotate them at break time and the most youthful dog gets to go out twice. She is totally whipped by the end of the day. Still a lot of fun!
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Sporrns » Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:08 pm

Roger, tell us about that Superposed - looks like a custom shop or commemorative model? Thx, Kevin.
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby ROMAC » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:37 pm

Kevin, that is actually an upgraded 20 gauge Gran Lightning Citori.

I had it done by Ron Reimer, a retired Browning Custom Shop engraver. He is still engraving and has a Facebook page with his contact information. He told me he no longer does anything other than Brownings though. I had him engrave this to my specifications after he engraved a pair of consecutively serial numbered Citori Gran Lightning 16's with custom shop D5G style engraving, (I've used these a little, but they are really gifts for my two sons someday) He actually provides the guns he has hand selected in the factory cartons 'as new' and uses them as blank canvases.

The woodcock was a first for him. I sent him pictures of the first Woodcock Stamp and he executed the engraving beautifully. Other touches are a Pheasant on the othe side and two grouse on the bottom. As a last minute impulse he customized the thumb lever for me as well.

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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Sporrns » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:49 am

Wow, great guns! I especially like the grouse head on the guard bow of the 20, and the pair of 16's are beautiful! Thanks Roger! Kevin
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby ROMAC » Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:34 am

In addition to Foxes which are always number one, I went through a Browning phase, which I've now satisfied.

I also went through an LC Smith phase previously to that but now I'm looking for the perfect Prussian Daly or Spanish best.

Variety is the spice of life!
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Jeff S » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:42 pm

ROMAC wrote:In addition to Foxes which are always number one, I went through a Browning phase, which I've now satisfied.

I also went through an LC Smith phase previously to that but now I'm looking for the perfect Prussian Daly or Spanish best.

Variety is the spice of life!


If I were a man of your means, looking for a Prussian Daly, I'd be buying the the 16 gauge listed in the Sauer - Prussian section of GI. That gun is drop dead gorgeous and in my opinion a perfect fit for me. :) I currently own a Lindner Charles Daly (H.A.L.) 12 ga. and I can say that it is one fine gun!
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby ROMAC » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:50 am

I had seen that gun and it is very nice.

My issue is that I would want to hunt with it, not add it to a collection. My LOP is 15" and I'm left handed and would need at least 1/4" of cast on to fit my measurement preference that I was measured for professionally.

I'm always looking for that needle in a haystack. G&H had a really nice Round Body Game Gun - 2 gun set with nuetral cast and 15" LOP in 16 gauge that I gave some thought to, but both guns were exactly the same right down to the fixed chokes. I don't see myself needing a 2 gun set anytime soon. My loader retired and I just don't get invited to too many estate shoots anymore! (that's a joke for those of you who have not had a second cup of coffee yet)
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Jeff S » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:46 pm

:) I know what you mean about that 16 gauge. It's a little to "pristine" to be carried in a thicket.
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby ROMAC » Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:16 am

I thought I'd throw this link out there for anybody who is interested in following this year's woodcock migration. The technology is really cool and I find it fascinating as to where they originate and return to. I hope the link works.

https://www.woodcockmigration.org/migra ... jnxS49ONYU
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Jeff S » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:23 pm

That's very cool. It's hard to believe that those little birds fly from Michigan to Jaw-ga. Thanks for sharing it. Jeff
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Re: Woodcock outing

Postby Stan Hillis » Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:09 pm

I've watched that site since I started hunting 'doodles several years ago. There seems to be a time lag with it. I usually see birds long before they're reported as being here, but it's interesting.

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