After a two week hiatus I slipped out Thursday afternoon for a walk. Saw two big coyotes one of which shadowed us for about 3/4’s of a mile. He stayed out of shotgun range and kept pace. He finally turned and trotted off. We bounced another one in a draw farther out in the CRP.
NWKS.. Walked 10 miles saw 14 birds total. 3 roosters (one of which fell to the gun) 11 hens. Overall dismal. Walked 6 different pieces of WIHA only three had birds in it.
Think it’ll be prairie chickens and clay birds for the rest of season..
No there is not a requirement. Good suggestion to at least wear an orange hat/cap though.
I personally only wear an orange hat on opening day and when deer season runs. Otherwise I’m in pretty subdued colors.
I am 55yo. I have osteoarthritis in both hips one worse than the other. Causes me grief all the time. Supposed to have surgery but really don’t want them cutting on me until I can’t walk anymore. I dull the pain with scotch.
I had major surgery in 2016 and was burdened with a colostomy bag...
I have pounded chickens and had them still keep going. Shot one a few years ago that dropped both legs and dropped a 1/4 mile away in a winter wheat field. Old males can be tough birds and don’t really get much credit for being that way.
My best patterning 1-1/4oz load flies at 1220fps. Early...
skeet tubes for blue grouse
Skeet/IC for Sage grouse, early chickens, and first couple of weeks of pheasant.
IC/IC until last few weeks of season
LM/LM for the last few weeks of season
I agree with Goose as 90% of my shooting is done with IC
I hunted last weekend for chickens. Only flushed one solitary rooster. We didn’t see any birds on the roads. Guys I know are saying they haven’t seen much either.
I’m going to stay optimistic that some of the deep cover I hit will have birds.
BrownDogs advice is spot on.
The only thing I can add is time of day. Most of the time chickens are out feeding before dawn. They return to cover later in the morning. They spend most of the day loafing in the grass until late afternoon when they go out to feed and sometimes don’t return...
I personally don’t like the barrel in my sight. My concentration is on the bird or clay. My Citori’s are 75/25. The problem I see is that live birds are generally rising not dropping so a pattern that is above the line of sight helps.
I can’t shim my A400 any higher. I think that a 10” rise...
I use a computer program that analyzes the shot pattern. I like to see a bit of the bird over the barrel rather than cover it up. 1st photo is the initial pattern with a 60mm shim. The second is with a 55mm shim. As you can see my pattern has moved to 1.5” above POI from 3.5” below.
I recently bought a Beretta A400. I put the shims in the stock that was suggested for my height and build. Tried it out at the skeet range and had a helluva time hitting clays. Following week went out to the patterning board and found it was shooting where I was pointing but the pattern was...
Been good so far. Made the 15th annual hill climb on September 1st. Broke a good sized covey of Blues. They held super tight after the initial flush. Sage Grouse this weekend and the start of Prairie Chickens the next.