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#5510920 - 12/31/14 02:35 PM Crane Hunt - New guy needs help!
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 202
Loc: Lubbock
Okay guys, it's been a while since I've been on here regularly, so this may all be discussed somewhere else and I haven't seen it. I've hunted whitetail in east Texas most of my life, but have never really been into birds. Now, after having not hunted at all in a few years, I have been invited to go with some friends on a crane hunt in a few weeks. I know nothing. I had a friend at work tell me to get some 3" #BBB shells and change out the choke in my Mossberg 500A to full, but I'm sure that's not all I need to know. So lets go guys... what is the best advice you can give a beginner crane hunter? Many thanks!
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#5510971 - 12/31/14 03:01 PM Re: Crane Hunt - New guy needs help! [Re: chaparral05]
trash2 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/12
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You can use lead shot

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#5511018 - 12/31/14 03:27 PM Re: Crane Hunt - New guy needs help! [Re: chaparral05]
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Registered: 08/31/05
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Loc: North Texas
If they may also be shooting ducks or geese do not take lead shot.
And you need a free sandhill permit endorsement from tpwd
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#5511021 - 12/31/14 03:29 PM Re: Crane Hunt - New guy needs help! [Re: chaparral05]
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Thik lead is hard to find.
So BB are just fine.
If you go with friends , they all shoot at pretty much the same birds, so lots of peas thrown at the same bird.
I [censored] one stone dead with 3 inch heavyshot dead coyote load 2 weeks ago. Fun to watch
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#5513819 - 01/01/15 06:21 PM Re: Crane Hunt - New guy needs help! [Re: chaparral05]
JRR Offline
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Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 360
Loc: Collinsville, Tx
I found lead BB's, awesome.....generally speaking don't use full chokes with steel shot, I just run a modified now all the time and don't look back. Stupid government, I can use lead BB's hunting Sandhills but have to use steel in the same fields for geese, yet again can use lead in same field for doves.....go figure.....

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#5520351 - 01/04/15 08:51 PM Re: Crane Hunt - New guy needs help! [Re: chaparral05]
chaparral05 Offline
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 202
Loc: Lubbock
So, the ideas I'm getting are to go with BB instead of BBB and don't worry about full choke.
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#5520357 - 01/04/15 08:53 PM Re: Crane Hunt - New guy needs help! [Re: chaparral05]
GravyWheels Offline
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Registered: 11/12/04
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Loc: In Waders
3" 1's all day long will kill them

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#5536645 - 01/11/15 09:45 PM Re: Crane Hunt - New guy needs help! [Re: beaversnipe]
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Registered: 09/03/05
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Originally Posted By: beaversnipe
I [censored] one stone dead with 3 inch heavyshot dead coyote load 2 weeks ago. Fun to watch


I hope you got it with the first round. You can't afford to throw a lot of peas at $5 per round

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