UNUSUAL MIXED BAG

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  1. Irishwhistler

    Irishwhistler Senior Refuge Member

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    Aye Mates,
    I started me morning off with the intention of doing some scenic photography in the New England countryside whilst in it's fall splendor. The early morn was very foggy and I spent some time sitting on a pond and waiting out the correct lighting conditions. I left that location and went o'er to me gun club property plans to take more photo's at that location. Upon me arrival, I changed things up a tad and decided to try jump shooting for wood ducks with me 20 bore and some 3 inch #6 non - toxic shot shells I had in me gunning bag. I managed to drop one nice drake which landed on the other side of a cove in heavy cove on that shore. I sent me gun dog TRAD on a 70 yard blind retrieve and I saw the bird attempt to fly out o' the vegetative cover, TRAD having none o' that mind ye. A black, furry blur zoomed through the cover and emerged with the crippled drake in his mouth. TRAD re-entered the water and made the swim back to make a classic presentation to hand.

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    TRAD making retrieve of a wood duck drake earlier this morn.

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    WATERFOWL RECOVERY TECHNICIAN - HR UH TTF CRAIGHORN KIFFIN TRAD SH (Call name - TRAD), and his "feathered friend" Woody.

    Later in the afternoon I was continuing me walk-up hunt for woodies when. I spied a small flock o' turkeys foraging in a rye lot adjacent to a hedgerow. I used the cover to do the "creepy crawl" in hopes of getting a bead on a bird. As I moved west, I saw two birds backlit by the sun, their heads closely aligned. I pointed me Browning and squeezed off killing two birds with one shot. The steel #6's left a very lasting impression on the unfortunate duo.

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    This sweet 20 bore Browning with 28" tubes and 3" #6's (steel shot). took these two birds swiftly off their feet with one shot fired, "THE WHISTLER SPECIAL".

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    This certainly ranks as the most unusual mixed bag I have ever taken.

    So, another grand day o' gunning, another great memory made. I have a new smoker that I have been itching to break in and I believe these birds will be the first honorees.

    Cheers to ye Mates,
    THE TURKMINATOR
     
  2. por boy

    por boy Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for posting.
    Cheers to ya my friend.
     
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  3. Irishwhistler

    Irishwhistler Senior Refuge Member

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    Aye Mate,
    Glad ye enjoyed it.

    Cheers,
    THE DOG WHISTLER
     
  4. spaightlabs

    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

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    How did Trad do on the turkey retrieves?

    Nice hunt and very nice choice of gun. Looks like a beauty.
     
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  5. Irishwhistler

    Irishwhistler Senior Refuge Member

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    Thank ye Mate. I did not send TRAD on the retrieve o' the turkeys. He has retrieved numerous geese with ease. I was a bit leery as one was still flapping pretty good.
     
  6. ReaPeR105

    ReaPeR105 Elite Refuge Member

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    That's a good day hunting. Love me some turkey meat!
     
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  7. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator

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    Ugliest ducks I've ever seen.
     
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  8. duck dawg

    duck dawg Senior Refuge Member

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    Is that your version of surf and turf?
     
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  9. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    Too big to be ducks... Park geese is my guess.
     
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  10. Irishwhistler

    Irishwhistler Senior Refuge Member

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    YOU MUST BE ONE O' THOSE ORNITHOLOGIST TYPE FELLAS.:l:l:l

    THE DOG WHISTLER
     

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