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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.


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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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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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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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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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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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When I grab my gun from the Mule, it gets loaded. I reload after a shot and before taking another step. If it flies, it dies.


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Haven't had it in years but never spit any out.
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This is the way most quail hunters hold their guns. I've seen a few clay target shooters hold them against their shoulder.






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Bill I hate to argue with you but.....most people shoot from the right side, not the left. roflmao

but your point is well taken! Pun intended

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I load up when I leave the truck. Don't shoot many but try to kill one for a young dog that did it right.

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Originally Posted By: 68rustbucket
Itís not like quail hunting is preparing for self defense. The bird isnít armed, and only weighs about 4 oz.


Never said it was. My point was more to the fact that "when" to load isn't about sportsmanship/gamesmanship (my opinion). On shooting, then, yes, the "when" applies to both.

Loading in my opinion is about safety, and the parallel about regularly carrying applies to that topic.

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When the walking begins, safety on of course.

Only pointed birds.

...and I don't unload until I get back to the truck. I've had dogs lock up within feet of where we park.




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Most challenging is to catch them on the run across roads

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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I'm not even going to ask when you take the safety off. I don't ever remember doing it myself.


Too often it is after I pull the trigger real hard and nothing happens. bang

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Gave my O/U to Virgil Moore to shoot a bird for my pup. He yells it wont fire, is it off safety I yell back, he says yep. Safety first, still had snap caps in it.

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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
How many of you pick up your hulls? How many are required to pick them up?
all that I shoot plus a few more that I see. So does my son.


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Been years since we had quail to hunt. Always pick up my hulls.


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Originally Posted By: Chet
Gave my O/U to Virgil Moore to shoot a bird for my pup. He yells it wont fire, is it off safety I yell back, he says yep. Safety first, still had snap caps in it.


I use a O/U in the field, and a auto for ducks. I can't tell you how many times I've missed a shot. As the safteys are in different locations. I shoulder the gun, and slide my thumb up to release the saftey. Just feel smooth metal, because its my auto.
I need to start using just one gun for all hunting, but I like both of them for different reasons.



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Depends on who I am hunting with...I try to follow the decorum of the group, and the type of hunt.

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