Little working gun part 2

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Little working gun part 2

Postby vaturkey » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:01 pm

Really got into Woodcock this morning in Tidewater Va. Little Sophie was dialed in at they say in the dog world. Woodcock are funny little birds. Some days you swear at them because its like shooting bats in a barn in the dark and other days you feel like they are a layup in Basketball. Today it was the second scenario and my little 20 gauge wad dialed into their twists and turns, or maybe I was just holding my mouth right as my departed Grandfather used to say. Anyway, the dogs pointed 17 Woodcock today. That is shades of Michigan IMO. Season ends next Monday. Hopefully we can get out one more time and give them a go. PS. Added a beefcake photo as well so you folks would know what my ugly mug looked like.
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Re: Little working gun part 2

Postby ROMAC » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:37 pm

Tom,

That looks like a great day!

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Re: Little working gun part 2

Postby 200052 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:58 am

Tom: I think the pictures are great and you hit one with great memories for me on this one. Twenty or so years ago before I
left Philmont, I had a close college friend from Bowling Green who took a couple of us onto a group of scrub properties, then owned
by WESTVACO. Properties had been clear cut for pine trees for shipment to the West Point plant. The had been replanted with
seedling a couple of years prior, and were completely grown up with 1.5 ft young locust. Nasty, sharpest cover I ever experienced
in 80 years. The tit-for-tat was that the area was swarmed with woodcock. The locust were so nasty we had-must-help the dogs
find a down bird. I took several home, cleaned and cooked them myself-since then I would be a woodcock fan forever. Always
wished I could substitute them for ducks. Any way after this long tale, show some more woodcock shots, from where ever you are
in tidewater?
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Re: Little working gun part 2

Postby Jeff S » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:11 am

Great pictures and congratulations. I know you love hunting woodcock. Jeff
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Re: Little working gun part 2

Postby fox-admin » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:35 am

Very nice!!
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Re: Little working gun part 2

Postby vaturkey » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:42 am

200052 wrote:Tom: I think the pictures are great and you hit one with great memories for me on this one. Twenty or so years ago before I
left Philmont, I had a close college friend from Bowling Green who took a couple of us onto a group of scrub properties, then owned
by WESTVACO. Properties had been clear cut for pine trees for shipment to the West Point plant. The had been replanted with
seedling a couple of years prior, and were completely grown up with 1.5 ft young locust. Nasty, sharpest cover I ever experienced
in 80 years. The tit-for-tat was that the area was swarmed with woodcock. The locust were so nasty we had-must-help the dogs
find a down bird. I took several home, cleaned and cooked them myself-since then I would be a woodcock fan forever. Always
wished I could substitute them for ducks. Any way after this long tale, show some more woodcock shots, from where ever you are
in tidewater?
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Ed, we probably weren't that far from West Point. Fellow I was hunting with knew of some areas to try and they worked. Probably couldn't get back there again as both Sophie and I were blindfolded and kept in the trunk until we arrived. :)

PS. It was a good day. My little Sophie is whipped this morning. Really tough sharp nasty cover for sure. Be sad when the season ends next Monday. Almost makes me want to have a vacation home down in eastern NC not far from the beach. Understand they are really thick down that way right now.
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