So do you count that blown up bird in your limit of 3? This was your statement:I don't, and I never leave anything in the field Blowing one up means you pattern one with big shot, from close range.No edible meat.
This would lead one to believe you shoot 3 PLUS the one you blew up.I try to shoot my 3, unless I blow one up
Ok, I know my feeling on this.If I know there will be lots of roosters, I let the other guys bang away first. If I know there will only be a few birds, then everybody will be more aggressive, and so will I.Sometimes you hunt a section, that only has 7 roosters on the whole thing!You had better be in your game, or it's a skunk.Jake...this can become a contest as to who's fastest on the draw - gets back to my original post, if I'm slower than others at the mount, do other hunters acknowledge this or see how many they can shoot?
Rught, being ready is really important! You should be at port arms when your dog gets birdie.We have probably all had days where it seems every bird flushes in front of you, and the next day every rooster is at the far end of the group. If the shot is clear and safe, I say take the shot. I have hunted with guys that never watch the dogs, so they are always slow on the draw because they are never ready for the flush.
I've never group hunted, like line up for a drive, and take a lane.I can see how that would work. In a big field of crp, in Dec. Snow.its hard for one guy to find birds in a huge crp field.My dad got too old, my son would rather read a book.My nephew likes to hunt, but lives in Wisconsin, which is a cruise, to montana. So the solitary Hunter continues on, out on the wind swept prairie of northern montana.This thread is why I do my hunting by myself or with my son only. I hunt to get away from people and to spend time with my dogs and son.
Thanks for the input, Tom.So just to clear this up a bit.... I was there last week when this happened. The individual also did it to me while we were two wide in a different draw. The first thing to ask myself is what is most important to me ? For me it is to watch my dog work and to have an enjoyable day. This individual does not have a good dog and seems very much focused on how many birds he shoots on a given day as compared to the rest of the group. I used to be like that also, then I matured a bit and found that does not matter as much. Some days you have chances and some days you don't. On this particular day I shot the first bird, and could of shot the second and third but did not due to them actually being more in line with the center hunter John. In addition the second bird was a low flyer and in my opinion was a bit low in relation to the dogs when shot. It comes down to common courtesy of your other hunters. As to the shooting more than your limit I have always operated on a 3 o'clock rule in SD. If one of us shoot a limit early we do not shoot again until after 3 to try and fill the group up, that seems to work fairly well.
My favorite type of cover is a large CRP field. The larger the better. Never could figure out why people think one guy can't hunt a huge field. I kill 50 plus roosters every year and most of that is in large CRP Fields. Some guys may not like to walk that much but I like to get in at least 10 miles on each day I hunt.I've never group hunted, like line up for a drive, and take a lane.I can see how that would work. In a big field of crp, in Dec. Snow.its hard for one guy to find birds in a huge crp field.My dad got too old, my son would rather read a book.My nephew likes to hunt, but lives in Wisconsin, which is a cruise, to montana. So the solitary Hunter continues on, out on the wind swept prairie of northern montana.
I’ve always been under the impression that party hunting was ok here in Iowa. I see that it is allowed for deer hunting. I figure as others have said, some days they flush in front of you and some days not so much. DaveParty hunting is not allowed in Iowa if I remember correctly.
I always quit if I have my three, just do the driving or whatever.