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Grouse Hunt

Postby ROMAC » Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:20 pm

Well, as a group we had 4 flushes, 3 shot opportunities and yours truly missed 2 of them. The first flush was in a real gnarly thicket with the bird back dooring me with the sun in my eyes, the second flushed 90 degrees to my right and got above the beechnut leaves after the first shot so no joy there either.

Thankfully, after 5 miles of swamp edge thicket busting, we stopped off at a game land where we knew there was also a covert deep in the back. The pheasants were there too on the walk in and cooperated. They seemed like lumbering B-52 bombers after the mornings' grouse.

We did see one more grouse in that secret thicket but my friend's son missed it.

I was using my Custom 12 engraved by JJ Roberts. I wanted to use it but it is a 12 and carries like one. I'm sticking to my 16's and 20's from now on when I go for grouse.

Sadly, we came up on a dead bear. It was frozen into a shallow puddle so it was not from the morning which was a PA gun opener.

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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby Sporrns » Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:43 pm

Nice post, Rog! I too have been a victim of the "back door flush into the sun" and the deep thicket disappearing grouse shot! Both give you a lot to talk to yourself about on the walk out back to the car...

I sat with JJ at our local gun show for a while here in VA on Saturday - he's busy with a commission on a .375 double rifle for a client who wants a charging elephant on one side and a cape buffalo on the other. He didn't mention what the floorplate engraving would be, but if it were mine I'd have a clean pair of Jockeys with my family crest on them!

Really too bad about the bear - the pelt looks to be in prime condition - would have made a nice rug if it could be salvaged. Maybe it was hit by a car and so badly injured that it made it up into the woods and died. Kevin
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby ROMAC » Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:05 pm

I thought that or maybe it might have caught an arrow in the guts during bow season and laid in the puddle which I know deer are prone to do too.

It was a small one. Probably weighed no more than 125 lbs.
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby 44whiskey » Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:55 am

thanks for posting,too bad about bear,nice you have such a fine collection of beautiful shotguns from which to choose .im proud for you.happy thanksgiving ps how much does jjroberts 12 weigh l: :wink:
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby ROMAC » Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:31 am

It only weighs 6 lbs. ,12 ounces but it just feels a lot heavier in the hands to me. Most of my favorite 16's vary from 5 lbs. 14 ounces to 6 lbs. 4 ounces.

I really like the gun at the clay's course but after 5 miles of swamp thickets it just started to feel too heavy. Missing didn't help feel any lighter either LOL!
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby eightbore » Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:44 am

Can we see some good pictures of the JJ 12 gauge?
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby ROMAC » Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:09 am

These are a few that I have.

I bought this at one of the Fox events at Hauseman's from an unidentified gent that dropped it off on Morphy's table on consignment for the show.

I later was able to identify the engravers mark to JJ and he confirmed that he did the upgrade on spec.

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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby ROMAC » Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:51 pm

This is one of my favorites. When I contacted JJ, he directed me to this photo on his facebook page.

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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby 67galaxie » Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:55 pm

Very nice story and fox! Is he still taking on work?
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby ROMAC » Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:21 pm

Kevin, AKA "Sporns" could probably answer that better than me.

Per his post above, he sat with him recently at a gun show and JJ was working on a double rifle.

He is easy to find on Facebook and with google.

Just email him or call him up, that is what I did back in the summer of 2019
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby 44whiskey » Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:45 pm

thanks for posting good pics of 12 ga, its a beauty,sure would like to see cobb 16ga again sometime in near future :wink:
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby Jeff S » Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:51 am

Nice post Roger. Where’s the bottle of Johnny Woodcock that you normally include in your pictures?
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby Jim Cloninger » Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:28 pm

Well, Roger you did not miss those roosters. The 12 is probably better for pheasants.
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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby ROMAC » Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:21 pm

Jeff S wrote:Nice post Roger. Where’s the bottle of Johnny Woodcock that you normally include in your pictures?


Not a drop of beer on this outing. it's a 7 hour round trip with my pedometer telling me I took 12,583 steps, most of which were in boot sucking swamp edge thickets. It is a lot more pleasant in the second season when things have frozen up solid. Way too tired on the drive home to have anything but water and coffee.

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Re: Grouse Hunt

Postby Jeff S » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:02 pm

Thanks Roger. Maybe next time. :)
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