Interesting threadâ€¦. I guess I will jump in. Is there really a better game bird out there than the Colorful Ditch Parrot? I am a diehard pheasant hunter. I get back to my Grandparents (and Dadâ€™s) old home place (mine now) in Nebraska and have permission to hunt on thousands of acres from the local farmers. I usually get back for 3 weeks of hunting; opening week in late October or early November, a week in December and then in January. There is a quail population returning to this area and we have enjoyed some large coveys to chase around, those little buzz bombs still unnerve me when take off!
I had to say good-by to my long time hunting companion this year, Rudy my 13 year old Llewellin Setter. I still hunt with my other Llewellin; Colt, he is 9 and a great dog as well.
My weapon of choice is a bit smaller than that muzzle loader hooked to the Cub, I have used side by sides for 20+ years and my old faithful is a Browning BSS 12 gauge, 30 inch, mod & full with copper coated #5â€™s.
Hunting has been pretty bad the last few years, the bird population is down, related to lack cover, fence rows and old homesteads gone for the pivot irrigation and CRP taken out for good corn prices. Farming now is a long way from the old days of the Cub being a welcome addition to the farm from horses. I guess it is good I have learned to relax a bit and â€œsmell the rosesâ€. I enjoy the time spent in the field, watching my dog work, visiting with the local farmers and hooking up with family when possible.
The picture (left to right) is of me, Colt, Rudy and my son in law, Joe, after a morning hunting in January of â€™07. Joe got his first pheasant and he earned it for sure, I believe it was minus 26 degrees that morning (actual temperature), and a tad cold.
CRUD, still can't get this picture thing figured out.
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