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When do you load #7246328 08/06/18 12:34 AM
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When hunting from a vehicle? When walking?

I'll go first. When I'm in position to shoot pointed quail.

Another question. Do you shoot unpointed quail? I stopped years ago.


Quail hunting is like walking into, and out of a beautiful painting all day long. Gene Hill


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Re: When do you load [Re: bill oxner] #7246488 08/06/18 03:09 AM
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I load my o/u when I get of off the vehicle, then walk to the point.

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Originally Posted By: 68rustbucket
I load my o/u when I get of off the vehicle, then walk to the point.

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Since I reload I catch my hulls and put them in another slot in my shell bag, required, no one on my lease (that I know of) hunts with an auto or pump gun.

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There is time, and you must take it, to lay your hand on your dog's head as you walk past him lying on the floor or on his settle, time to talk with him, to remember with him, time to please him, time you can't buy back once he's gone" GBE
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I am a foot hunter. I load up when the dog starts hunting. I only shoot quail the dogs point and hold till flushed.


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How many of you pick up your hulls? How many are required to pick them up?


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I only use O/U's to hunt quail with so I load my gun as soon as I get off the truck but leave it broke open until I approach the dog on point. The only time I will shoot un-pointed quail is when we are working singles after the initial covey rise.
I catch all my hulls out of the O/U so I always put them back in my bag and I will pick up any hulls I find on the ground as well.



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No need to pickup hulls with o/u. Even though Iím not required to.

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I walk. Load gun after I turn dogs loose.
Only shoot pointed quail, but will shoot unpointed roosters, you never know what those sob's are going to do.
Pick up hulls. I hunt a lot of public and don't want to give away a spot. If I find spent hulls in likely spot tend to hunt it out thoroughly.
Additionally KS public birds get pounded, late season I won't shoot into a 4-5 bird covey. Although I'm sure I'm just saving them for someone else.

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I load walking to the point--I keep the gun open until I am ready to shoot--i pick up my hulls for reloads

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I try to pick up all my hulls, but I probably miss about 1 in 10 due to lost in high grass...but I try

If the scenting conditions are good, Iím only shooting pointed coveys.
In really bad scenting conditions, Iíll point a covey I walk up, but try not to point coveys busted by the dogs.


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How many of you still shoot doubles?


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I got one accidentally couple seasons ago with one shot.

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I load when I get out of the truck. shoot overunder, pick up all shells shoot only pointed quail and the dam dog better load when i holler load. Shoot one are 2 doubles a year just to prove to myself i can still do it.


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I own a lot of guns. I donít think I own one thatís not loaded. Iím a spontaneous guy. I never know when Iím gonna want to shoot something. I was never a Boy Scout, but Iím always prepared.


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I walk. I shoot an O/U.
I load when I start hunting.
I only shoot pointed birds, but on occasion have broken that rule instinctively when a woodcock blasts up unexpectedly. smile
I pick up my hulls. Trashing up the hunting ground is a pet peeve of mine. Pure laziness not to pick them up.


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we load walking to the point... shoot 2 birds from a covey then move on...if we think they are pointing a single from the covey rise we walk the bird up and move on...always pick up hulls to best we can.. Most of us shoot O/U so its not a issue...we dont go by birds shot but how many coveys dogs find... We hunt 4 guys usually.. if we go back to camp w 20 to 25 birds we are good...

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I'm not even going to ask when you take the safety off. I don't ever remember doing it myself.


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Here's one for the O/U guys... assuming that you only kill one bird, or heaven forbid... MISS. When do you reload? Immediately on downing a bird, do you wait for late flushing birds with only one shell in your gun, or do you start walking to your bird while reloading?

It usually never fails for me and I get caught a few times with my gun open every year in the wrong place and situation.



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I reload while walking to downed bird

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Love summer jitters posts. This one especially...

Load when you want to load, but I'm amazed at the fact that some don't load until they are ready to shoot. I should try that with my carry pistol and see how it works.

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Itís not like quail hunting is preparing for self defense. The bird isnít armed, and only weighs about 4 oz.

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I try not to get loaded until the ride back to camp. I load my shotgun when I get out of the mule. If my feet are on the ground Iím carrying a loaded shotgun. If Iím the only one in my vehicle I leave it loaded. I only shoot pointed bird and will chase singles if itís a big covey. I have one little Brittany gyp thatís like a Hoover on single bird. She is methodical and doesnít miss one. The last hour of season this year 3 of us killed 17 bird over her in a pasture we hadnít hunted all year. She found 4 coveys in the last hour and got bragged on all night. We left her out by herself and let her have the best day of her life.



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I load when my boots hit the ground. Safety off when I stop walking waiting on the flush. Back in the day when were training we never shot a non-pointed covey or one the dog busted. We would hunt singles and if you could get 3 on a rise your were doing something. Now this was back when we never thought there would be an end to birds. Today I'd shoot to kill a bird for a young dog and to get a mess of birds occasionally but only in plentiful years. Killed a ton of them in my 62 years. Those up at the Prairies End Hunt Club in Gainesville fly really close to wild and taste as good.


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[quote=68rustbucket]I reload while walking to downed bird
I reload after I finish cussing my sorry shooting.


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