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Question by pennst8hunter. Uploaded on August 27, 2009
Bring more shells than you think you will need. Nothing worse than running out of shells and the day is just getting started.
Look for sunflowers, I've had good luck walking dirt paths between corn fields, when I see birds flying, I stand or sit still up against the corn.
Anytime you can be within the vicinity of herons is good. Seriously.
bring tons of ammon and shoot quick they dont hold a direction for long. use medium or open choke. dont bother with dogs they r easy to flush themselves.
agree, bring plenty of shells, and keep your jacket on if you can stand the heat, or come up with some other kind of padding to take the pounding on your shoulder.
Anytime I've hunted them it was a matter of being on the edge of fields where they were feeding, no flushing them involved at all. They will fly from water to the fields and back, and can also fly to where they find gravel.
Shoot a 20 or 28 ga and you won't take such a pounding.
if you have a small pond in the middle or on an edge of a field is where I have the best luck and I bring alot of ammo its a great sport for good meat and sharpening your shooting skills! Its like perch fishing takes a while to clean them all but there good to eat LOL have fun and good luck
look for like a stream or clean pond in a field and they will go to it at night, then find a spot where they will fly over.
walk the edge's of field and pine trees and wait for them to fly out then gun them down. I also like to drive down roads with public land on the side then looking for them up on the road picking grit or in a tree then chasing them into the woods and shooting them.
If shooting a prepared or harvested grainfield try and observe the field before the season opens. You will notice that the birds will have a pronounced preference on how they approach the field and how they comedown a draw. They also love to perch on power lines and dead trees before entering. Careful prescouting will demonstrate these flight lanes and find you under one on opening day.
Dress to match your surroundings. In my experience drab, muted (washed out) camo works better then new sharply defined patterns. Watch movement and shiny stuff. Wear a hat and shooting glasses to protect you from the sun and stray shot.
If you are not shooting a field, water holes with clear, sandy banks and sand bars along rivers make very good ambush points. My college roommate and I once had a barrel melter on a 3/4 dry beaver pond in the middle of a pine plantation. Probably as close to Argentina as I'll ever come...
Camo is always a good thing, and my dad has always told me to find a place with sunflowers and water even in a state wih little population of birds that is your best bet. Also try to stay still until the birds are close then get into a stance and get ready to have some fun.
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