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#5403181 - 11/06/14 01:04 PM Snipe, the other gamebird
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We were sitting in a duck spot when I noticed small groups of snipe were buzzing around. Without saying a word, I opened up on one group and dropped three birds. I was immediately given a bunch of [censored] from everyone in the blinds about shooting field larks and wasting shells..... from guys with 100+ years of cumulative waterfowl hunting and dog training experience. Needless to say, there was a lot of embarrassed looks when their asses were straightened out about snipe, that it's a (tasty) game bird, and Texas has an actual snipe season.

There's snipe moving through N Texas at the moment and resident birds year round as well. It's a shame few people know how fun they are to hunt.


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#5403213 - 11/06/14 01:15 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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I've never been able to tell the difference in a snipe and a sandpiper. How do you ID them in the air? I thought a snipe was more of a solitary, "flushing" type bird that didnt fly in flocks? I see a bunch of what I think could be snipe, but am never sure.

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#5403230 - 11/06/14 01:24 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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Hard to explain, but definitely different.

Snipe have short necks and short tails and are smaller in stature. But once you see one flying you'll know the difference, similar to the difference between big ducks and teal.
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#5403231 - 11/06/14 01:24 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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C'mon Big Dave. Help the boys out.

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#5403240 - 11/06/14 01:28 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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Snipin' ain't easy. But I love it, usually wait until duck season is over but I'll take 'em when I can.

I got a pair if hipsters just for it. Wait... wrong thread.
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#5403261 - 11/06/14 01:40 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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What I've been seeing lately has a bright white belly and snipe-like bill. The snipe I see online have a darker belly. Any pics, aerangis?

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#5403271 - 11/06/14 01:47 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: UTMallard]
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Originally Posted By: UTMallard
What I've been seeing lately has a bright white belly and snipe-like bill. The snipe I see online have a darker belly. Any pics, aerangis?


They have a white belly.



When they flush, they'll make the "Snipe Chirp" listed here.
http://www.soundboard.com/sb/Snipe_bird_sounds
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#5403283 - 11/06/14 01:57 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
We were sitting in a duck spot when I noticed small groups of snipe were buzzing around. Without saying a word, I opened up on one group and dropped three birds. I was immediately given a bunch of [censored] from everyone in the blinds about shooting field larks and wasting shells..... from guys with 100+ years of cumulative waterfowl hunting and dog training experience. Needless to say, there was a lot of embarrassed looks when their asses were straightened out about snipe, that it's a (tasty) game bird, and Texas has an actual snipe season.

There's snipe moving through N Texas at the moment and resident birds year round as well. It's a shame few people know how fun they are to hunt.




One of my favorite birds to shoot, and a real delicacy in europe.
When you flush em you will always hear em before you see em.
They make that raspy chirp when they take off. Always!
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#5403290 - 11/06/14 01:59 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: UTMallard]
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Originally Posted By: UTMallard
I've never been able to tell the difference in a snipe and a sandpiper. How do you ID them in the air? I thought a snipe was more of a solitary, "flushing" type bird that didnt fly in flocks? I see a bunch of what I think could be snipe, but am never sure.


Snipe have much longer beaks compared to sandpiper.
Plus they make a distinctive sound
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#5403296 - 11/06/14 02:01 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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That''s a good pic of the birds in flight (which is how I like to shoot'em)

The brown back/white belly, short neck, long bill, and flight pattern is how I ID the birds. They like low and fast, and fly patterns in small groups. And they are hard as hell to hit.

Imagine a cross between a quail and a teal. That would be a snipe.

I much prefer wing shooting a small group than jump shooting single. My hit-to-miss ratio drops significantly if I have to react to a bird flushing from cover.
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#5403320 - 11/06/14 02:11 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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Yeah.. I've killed a few snipe in the past couple years

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#5403549 - 11/06/14 04:04 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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I remember when you would rarely see or hear of anyone hunting them.
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#5403652 - 11/06/14 04:59 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
But once you see one flying you'll know the difference, similar to the difference between big ducks and teal.


x2

I was lucky enough to be introduced to them by "Sniper" John laugh Once you've been on a hunt with someone and positively ID'd them a time or two, they are pretty easy to pick out.

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#5403701 - 11/06/14 05:27 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: aerangis]
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The Cajun quail. A blast to hunt and pretty good eatin too

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#5404111 - 11/06/14 09:07 PM Re: Snipe, the other gamebird [Re: Dave Speer]
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Dave has been known to teal and snipe hunt simultaneously.

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