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#6170189 - 02/04/16 09:41 PM The other bird still in season
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Can't get the time to be able to travel far enough to Quail hunt right now, so I am hunting mud birds again. Dash had a great Snipe hunt today. Plenty of them in north Texas still.


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#6170363 - 02/05/16 07:18 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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Does he point them?
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#6170541 - 02/05/16 09:31 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: bill oxner]
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gumshoe

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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Does he point them?


Bill, I think you ask me that question about once a year to every other year as long as we have been on the forum. wink

Originally Posted By: Sniper John
Conditions have to be just right for pointing dogs to be used pointing. I hunted them in Colorado where the birds naturally held in tall cover and could easily be pointed and in fact where holding so well they would have been difficult to hunt without a dog. On one public location in Texas after much hunting pressure by others before me, I hunted a cut flooded field where the birds ended up moving to thicker more upland cover nearby where they would hold for my dog. On a repeat hunt at the location they did the same thing again. And I have hunted them on some corp property where most birds flushed long as usual in a bare wet field, but some birds would be found in patches of briars and under bushes and such located within the field and would hold for my dog. And just last year Dash pointed some Snipe during a Quail hunt in matagorda county when we were hunting the transition area between upland and marsh. But 90% of the time I would say a Snipe has more fear of a dog than a man and will flush long given the chance. I use my dog heeled to my side as I walk and sent for retrieves with only occasional releases to hunt pockets of taller cover. Snipe hunting with a dog will save an enormous amount of time that would be spent looking for lost birds, not to mention not losing any birds.
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#6170644 - 02/05/16 10:45 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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I think Bill is prejudice against short haired red dogs laugh
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#6170665 - 02/05/16 11:01 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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Sometimes I forget what I've posted.

Also, sometimes I forget what I have posted.
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#6170783 - 02/05/16 12:17 PM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: bill oxner]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Sometimes I forget what I've posted.

Also, sometimes I forget what I have posted.


<chuckle> ...nicely played Bill!
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#6170976 - 02/05/16 02:58 PM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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That's ok Bill. You may be old, but I am getting old too as evidenced by the fall I made last week. I broke my head and it was a bit western. Stepped from one boulder to another while coming down a bluff, leading foot slid, reached with the gun on my way down to stop me from falling in. My hand slipped off the gun on the boulder, then I hit my arm on the boulder, spun me, hit the side of my head on the shotgun receiver on the rock, cut my brow with the top lever. Heard a crack so loud I thought the gun went off, saw stars, a high pitched sound in my head, then white. Amazing how much can happen in a second. Dash was off hunting away from me, but he must have come to my aid and jumped right right in to guard me as he was at my side when I came to my senses. Rolled around for bit holding my head and cussing. Then both of us limping went back to hunting for a couple hours. Good news from the CT scan two days ago was no surgery needed. I put on the reading glasses in the Snipe picture to hide the black and swelling that I still have. People keep telling me I'm too old hunt hunt the way I do. But then most of those people were sitting on a couch watching TV while I was hunting when they said that. I got about 4 more lives left I figure, so I am not changing a thing. When I retire in a year or two... Katy bar the door!

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#6171178 - 02/05/16 05:19 PM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: bill oxner]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Sometimes I forget what I've posted.

Also, sometimes I forget what I have posted.
hell, I forget what I went to the fridge for
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#6174153 - 02/08/16 09:09 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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good looking vizsla! how old is Dash?
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#6175438 - 02/08/16 11:26 PM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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No kidding! How come I can remember every word to a song from 1964, but can't remember why I'm in the kitchen. Dash is a great looking dog.


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#6175561 - 02/09/16 07:45 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: slow944]
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Originally Posted By: slow944
No kidding! How come I can remember every word to a song from 1964, but can't remember why I'm in the kitchen. Dash is a great looking dog.


Glad I'm not the only one.
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#6175569 - 02/09/16 07:49 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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John
I think the older we get, the more accident pron we become. Maybe it just hurts more as we age.
When I grow up I want to be like Bill, as its just around the corner for me.
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#6177807 - 02/10/16 01:50 PM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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Sorry for your fall I find my feet tangling with stuff all the time that's part of the aging process I guess but it sucks!!!!!

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#6178956 - 02/11/16 09:45 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/c...lenge-6822122.p






























At cursory glance, which is all most people would take if they bothered to look at all, the reach of winter-browned coastal prairie appeared a mostly monotonous sweep of emptiness.






Maybe they'd notice the thin layer of water glimmering in the ankle-high carpet of grasses or the yards of mud rimming a slash of inches-deep open water pooled in natural depression in the otherwise seemingly featureless flatland. But probably not.



It's certain not one in a thousand or maybe 100,000 gazing at the "pasture" on a chilly, windy February morning would see the seemingly vacant, lifeless landscape as an animated freshwater wetland rich in wild potential.

But Martin Bethke and I did.

"Looks perfect for snipe," Bethke said as we shrugged into hunting vests and unsheathed shotguns held in the rack on the front of the ATV that had transported us into the middle of a sprawling prairie/marsh wetland complex in Matagorda County.

It was, and much more. The morning of snipe hunting proved, as it always does, the multi-faceted richness of experience and insights enjoyed by the handful of wingshooters who pursue what is one of the most cryptic, challenging, delicious and almost wholly ignored migratory game birds.




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That snipe hunting occurs on shallow freshwater wetlands - some of the most vibrant, varied, rich wildlife habitat in the world - is part of that. But the bird itself is simply fascinating.

Wilson's, to be precise

Snipe - officially, Wilson's snipe - are one of the most abundant of the scores of species of shorebirds found in North America. Most recent population estimates indicate the continental population of Wilson's snipe is around 2 million, a number that has held steady for at least the past 40 years. Snipe and woodcock, their forest-dwelling cousins, are the only two shorebirds designated as game birds.
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#6179052 - 02/11/16 10:59 AM Re: The other bird still in season [Re: Sniper John]
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 486
Loc: Texas
Would love to try Wilson's Snipe hunting someday. Good article. Concerning the age thing, I'm there and quickly finding that "Old age ain't for wimps." Dove hunting in October torn up a knee just getting off a 4 wheeler, deer hunting torn rotator cuff trying to left a deer! Waiting for turkey season to see what I can tear up then!
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