Red Letter Day with a Fox

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Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Silvers » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:36 pm

Back in 1998 I took two grouse within a few minutes with a 16 bore Sterlingworth; one was a typical red phase and the other was what's locally called a "silvertail" - pretty scarce hereabouts in PA. Our day bag limit was (and still is) two birds and it surely was a Red Letter day.

History repeats itself. I hunted today out in the mountains near the cabin and was able to bag a red phase in the morning and a silvertail just after noon, the only one I've seen over those 21 seasons. Two other birds were flushed but not shot at before I got the silvertail. I was alone today, walk up hunting as I like to do along coal mine RR beds that date back to the 1870-90's.

The gun is a 20b Fox Sterlingworth 28-incher that was converted to straight grip/long tang and is choked light and heavy Modified. Fox nuts will note its so-called "thick wrist".

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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Stan Hillis » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:50 pm

What a great day for you, Frank! Beautiful birds. Is there any other noticeable difference between the two birds other than the tail color? What do the biologists contribute the tail color difference to?

Oh ............. nice Fox, too! What shells were you using?

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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Silvers » Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:13 pm

Stan, the silvertail is a ruffed grouse color phase and I suppose the biologists can explain it, but I cannot. The primary difference is the gray color in the tail rather than the typical red-brown.

First grouse was taken with a 2-3/4" Remington Game Club, 7/8 ounce of 7-1/2 shot. Silvertail was taken with one of the Gamebore 28 gram 7's I've written about here on another thread. Both shots at about 25-30 yards and neither bird ran when it dropped. Hey I've also included here a pic of the "Bubble Up" as you asked about recently.

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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby DarylC » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:06 am

Wow Frank, quite a good run from top gun at the Rock to two beautiful birds with a lovely Fox. You must be livin' right.
BTW, what does the Fox weigh?
You know the picture of the "bubble up" goes to show anyone not familiar with the woods of Pennsylvania or western Maryland just how lovely they are to walk on a fall day. Thanks for the pics.
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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Jeff S » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:19 am

Wow, Great hunt and as always, you post exceptional pictures. Thanks for sharing the experience. Jeff
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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Silvers » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:04 am

Thanks gents. We all get lucky once in a while. :)

Jeff, the pics are from my iPhone which seems to do better than my old digital camera. Daryl, you'll remember this is the restocked 20b Sterly I shot along with you and Smitty this summer on the woods course at Rock Mtn during its Northern SXS Challenge. That was the first time I fired her. A very high quality restock in figured black walnut with conversion to straight grip/long tang. 1-1/2 by 2-1/4 by 14-1/8" LOP to its HRBP that's fitted to a traditional concave butt. Weight 6^1 and chokes are 15 and 20 points.

Bubble Up is the place we at the cabin have gotten mix water for spirits over many decades. :wink:

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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Jim Cloninger » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:33 am

Beautiful birds, Frank! Great pictures too. Jim
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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Fin2Feather » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:19 pm

Very nice!
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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Stan Hillis » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:32 pm

That silvertail is a very pretty bird ..........and the Bubble-Up is a very pretty place. Thanks for the pics, Frank. I always enjoy them. Hunting new places has always been special to me. Seeing those that I will never get to hunt is special, too. Pictures such as yours provides that to many.

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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby vaturkey » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:53 pm

Fantastic for sure. I have only hunted Pa a bit up north and it was in Potter County more then a few years ago. We shot one of the Silver phase as I recall that day. Being that we are used to hunting Maine and Michigan, we normally only encounter silver phase. Here in Virginia we only have red phase, and very few at that. Ours however are monsters for whatever reason. I've never shot a northern bird equal in size.
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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Jim Cloninger » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:23 pm

When growing up in Minnesota hunting Ruffed Grouse, almost all we shot were grey phase. It was special when we got a red phase. Jim
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Re: Red Letter Day with a Fox

Postby Foxnut » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:40 am

Frank, great to see the color variation of the birds. Always a treat when you get a silver phase bird!!
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