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KY Jon #578733 08/26/20 08:04 AM
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My hunting years began in the early 70's in CT. There were plenty of grouse, woodcock, rabbits, pheasants, ducks and even bobwhites, along the shore in the eastern parts of the state No turkeys and nowhere near the number of deer like today. The grouse started disappearing when the turkeys were introduced in the mid 80's, no there are almost none and nothing being done about bringing them back. Most of the wild pheasants are gone too. Rabbits have been very low since the 90's. Still lots of wood cock if you know where to look and plenty of deer and turkeys. Still lots of ducks but all the inland hunting is crowded and I just cant bring myself to eat the ducks shot in long island sound. I have to travel to the northern parts of VT and NH or Maine to get grouse, which I do as often as I can

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Damn near every opening day of dove shooting

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I started hunting in the late 80s. Scratched up a few pheasants and quail then. Doves and ducks were great. The best years for me were the mid-90s to early 2000s. Plenty of pheasant and quail. CRP was well underway, Kansas opened up a lot of WIHA, and the weather cooperated. Once the drought started and CRP reductions, the birds are having a tough time. I just bought a puppy so I'm hoping things will turn around.

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Two great Springers, decent bird numbers and a gun built like it was made for me. While bird numbers are not what they were in the 90's thanks to changes in the CRP program, things could be much worse. Dusky grouse help as well. Like the saying goes, "the days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations I have real good days".





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Started in the late 30s hunted maine for deer grouse etc. and Cape Cod for ducks and the Red swamp of Wareham Ma. for swamp hare. I never thought I would live to see the day of Turkey hunting and the demise of hunting land available to those that didn't have the means to pay to hunt or the brag of the trophy hunter that shot the 190 point white tail deer on the deer farm with the 10 foot fence. I still deer hunt on the farm for the free roaming deer and the pleasure of the hunt and being able to do it.

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Originally Posted By: SKB
Two great Springers, decent bird numbers and a gun built like it was made for me. While bird numbers are not what they were in the 90's thanks to changes in the CRP program, things could be much worse. Dusky grouse help as well. Like the saying goes, "the days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations I have real good days".





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Glad someone is paying attention.....love Ray and that song in particular. I doubt if he would mind my borrowing his saying wink


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shot my first grouse in patterson, ny, back in the seventies, only about fifty miles north of nyc...lots of good bird hunting in the hudson valley back then...first the coyotes showed up, then came the turkeys and now all the people...


birds are gone...dogs are gone...awl we got left are the gons...
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When I had the opportunity to review Noel E. Money's (eldest son of Capt. Albert W. Money aka Blueroock, who established the American E.C. & Schultze Powder Company in Oakland, Bergan County, New Jersey, in 1890) journals, they show that in early September 1893 he shot 140 Rail near Salem, N.J. On another trip somewhere in New Jersey they supposedly shot 149 Grouse.

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Started in the mid 1970's in southern Manitoba. Ducks and geese on the menu with an occasional crack at huns, sharptails and ruffies, depending on what we felt like doing. Rarely further than 2 hours from Winnipeg.

Moved around a fair bit because of work...further west into Alberta for a while and lots of time in Ontario....Toronto mostly but not exclusively. Hunting is tougher there....mostly private land in southern Ontario. Typically went back to Manitoba for a good week or two every fall. Moved back to Manitoba in 2000 and reminded myself how much better I liked hunting the great plains. By that time I had setters and began to shift my hunting focus to upland, despite buying 250 acres at Delta Marsh. Also started traveling further afield. South and North Dakota a few times....Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario. Then moved back to Ontario in 2009.

Concluded I like to travel to hunt. I like the adventure....going new places.....finding new kinds of quarry. I'll shoot a few canned hunts at clubs here in Ontario each fall. But I live for the road trip. Had an ambitious one planned for this fall....damn close to a month.....but put it off until next year because of covid. Intend to get to Newfoundland to hunt ptarmigan in the next year or two. Want to hunt chukar on the eastern slopes before I get too old and at 62, that's coming fast. Need to hunt quail in the southwest still.

Lots of fun and adventure still to be had. It's all good. A golden age/prime time??? The one I'm living in!


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