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#6134887 - 01/13/16 11:45 PM Well I finally got back 60° right now in the dark is way better than where I was
Finfeathernfurr Offline
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Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 307
I have been finishing up rabbits for the last three hours. I was lucky enough to get and invite from my buddy which I normally do every year to hunt in the panhandle. It's a relatively small place and we don't use dogs so first bird that drops quit shooting and walk straight to them. Flushed a ton of birds relatively speaking to our recent numbers in the last 2 1/2 days. To add interest in between covies cottontails are running everywhere. Even with walking directly at a hit bird we still managed to not find five in the 2 1/2 days even though we were probably 2 feet from them. Finished the trip with 13 recovered birds and 23 cottontail. If I had trust in doing a follow up shot and finding both birds could have doubled that number. Just a blast to be on birds again though. We are looking at heading to West Texas in two weeks after blues even though I flushed one covey this morning and was the first I have seen their numbers are starting to rebound for blues as well. Camping in a tent with lows in the low teens was a bit interesting but with the fly closed and I butane heater going was actually hot at times with the gear I have. Was a heck of a memorable trip for sure!

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#6134888 - 01/13/16 11:46 PM Re: Well I finally got back 60° right now in the dark is way better than where I was [Re: Finfeathernfurr]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
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#6134889 - 01/13/16 11:47 PM Re: Well I finally got back 60° right now in the dark is way better than where I was [Re: Finfeathernfurr]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
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I realized from walking the sandhills till my back and legs were about to give out I did not take many pictures but it least here's a few

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#6134890 - 01/13/16 11:49 PM Re: Well I finally got back 60° right now in the dark is way better than where I was [Re: Finfeathernfurr]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
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The first picture was from the first hour and a half I forget how much I love shooting my Ithaca 16 gauge bottom load bottom eject it's a quail killer. Only had ten rounds with me though an switched to the 12. I will probably only take that 16 gauge for quail from now on.

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#6136796 - 01/15/16 07:53 AM Re: Well I finally got back 60° right now in the dark is way better than where I was [Re: Finfeathernfurr]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
to bad about not finding the birds
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hold on Newt, we got a runaway

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#6138268 - 01/15/16 11:23 PM Re: Well I finally got back 60° right now in the dark is way better than where I was [Re: Finfeathernfurr]
Finfeathernfurr Offline
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Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 307
Yea 5 lost was between the tree of us at least for lost birds. Really frustrating when you know you're within a yard or two of them and they blended in so well you still cannot find them. I still don't think bobs disappear on the ground as bad as blues though. One really made me upset looked for twenty min took my eye off just a sec as a second small group flushed right behind me after the shot. I must have walked right past them.

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