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Great trip across the big pond. #5343533 10/06/14 12:37 AM
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Over the years many of my closest friendships have been formed around duck hunting. Last year my wife and I went over and hunted with Dutch hunter and his family. When we were invited back this year, we couldn't wait to get back to the Netherlands.

This year Martijn lined up a traditional European driven hunt for a mix of wild and raised pheasant and chukar, and wild mallards in France. I hunt with a dress code!!


Their dogs are a lot like their women-kinda hairy.


The food and hospitality were amazing.




And the shooting did not suck.






Got to see some amazing classic o/u's


Stay in an amazing French country farm home that survived ww1 and 2 despot being 1/4 mile from ft duconde France.




And have a few bottles a French wine. Holy smokes the French can drink.
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On the way home we got to see Bastogne


Have a beer at the castle at durbuy.


See the monestary at saint Hubert




Have some more great Belgium beers



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Wow!

Re: Great trip across the big pond. [Re: brazosboyt] #5343559 10/06/14 12:50 AM
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Back in holland we got in a hunt or two for ducks and geese.
This gun was a gun that one of the older guys used as a kid market hunting. A bolt action single shot 16 ga. He said no idea how many animals he shot before upgrading to the double 12.




Sunrise over a Dutch polder.






Every flock of mallards had a mut. Easy targets.



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The hunting was such a small part of the trip. Getting to hang out as a local is just something that can't be described.

Bike riding in the country side.


Boat tours on the canals




Look forward to returning the hospitality in January with coot whacking, hog sticking, and goose raking.....

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fantastic

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Glad to hear u had a good trip
I grew up 1 mile away from that westmalle u drank.


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Loved my 4 inches. Well needed.

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Love the westmalle. Probably gonna laugh. I took pics of the beers that I liked so I could remember them when I got back. Ones I didn't got deleted.

Re: Great trip across the big pond. [Re: brazosboyt] #5343683 10/06/14 01:37 AM
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Awesome pics...Looks like an incredible trip.

Re: Great trip across the big pond. [Re: brazosboyt] #5344204 10/06/14 01:59 PM
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Nice! You see Ramsey while you were there?


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No. I tried messaging him to see if he wanted to meet for dinner but he never replied.

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That is as kewl as it can get. All that and a hot wife. What the heck did you do so right in your previous life?


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Looks like a pretty good time

Re: Great trip across the big pond. [Re: brazosboyt] #5344659 10/06/14 06:23 PM
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Do the ducks just fly up and down those polders? Also I watched some video's of mallard hunts in France. Looks awesome. Was it a driven mallard hunt?

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Are those Reeves pheasant? Nice hunt

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Originally Posted By: mark3
Are those Reeves pheasant? Nice hunt


Yessir. That was one of the released birds. I was surprised at how fast they could get going. They hit the ground hard too....

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That's a pretty cool Addition even if they are released. Did you bring one home to mount? I am sure you have something cool in mind for your collection.

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I didn't mess with any birds. I will buy a good reeves here. Gonna do a big European deadmount sometime in the next few years.

Re: Great trip across the big pond. [Re: brazosboyt] #5347842 10/08/14 09:29 AM
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Yes yes and yes!!!!

Wow again this was a huge campaign for us all.
Man did we have fun those days and they want by so fast.
Now I m looking foreward to meet you at your place and try some Tx foods, hunting, beers and manny more.

Thank you again for all those good times in Europe!

Dutch

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Loved my 4 inches. Well needed.

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Thanks for the pics. Looked like an amazing time. Will be passing through Bastogne on Sunday.


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Awesome pics. It's good to be the king. king

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What a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing the pics. I'll have to put a European hunt on my list now.

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Was that an egyptian goose? Those are cool...


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