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    So one of the farmers who doesn't hunt doves does hunt rails & snipe which opened the 1st, and teal which opened yesterday (Saturday). He asked me to go. Well a federal stamp & a box of steel and off we went to some low flooded field/swamp/junk timber. Hunt teal in the morning and rails/snipe midday. What misery. Take ever specie of biting insect you know and triple it. Oppressive heat and a bird that is unbelievable fast and agile complete sporting hell. I know why there werent any teenagers with us. 6 birds limits, hah very funny. There were 4 of us. One fella took 2 the rest of us 0. As for snipe, good luck identifying one when it pops up from a willet, or a dowitcher, or a yellowleg ( Sora rails have yellow legs themselves)or heck even a sandpiper. God forbid they open up woodcock season now instead of October 15. Never pulled a trigger, did stir up 4,832,419,065 insects who exacted revenge. Praying for Covid before they call inviting me again. Glad church was there to save me a return trip Sunday.

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    So do you rate this endeavor higher or lower than frog gigging?

    Good on you for not only trying something new but hopefully building a good relationship with the landowner.

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    • #3
      Fitch 270: I don't need new friends quite THAT bad. 😏Please don't bring up frog gigging. I itch in my sleep. So many nightmares. You country boys who live near field ditches. Don't go under them low bridges at night, and if you do, try to scream in a lower octave when stuff starts dropping on your back. Another hint, insects look MUCH larger at night.🕷🕸👀😫
      Last edited by dewman; 09-13-2020, 06:33 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dewman View Post
        So one of the farmers who doesn't hunt doves does hunt rails & snipe which opened the 1st, and teal which opened yesterday (Saturday). He asked me to go. Well a federal stamp & a box of steel and off we went to some low flooded field/swamp/junk timber. Hunt teal in the morning and rails/snipe midday. What misery. Take ever specie of biting insect you know and triple it. Oppressive heat and a bird that is unbelievable fast and agile complete sporting hell. I know why there werent any teenagers with us. 6 birds limits, hah very funny. There were 4 of us. One fella took 2 the rest of us 0. As for snipe, good luck identifying one when it pops up from a willet, or a dowitcher, or a yellowleg ( Sora rails have yellow legs themselves)or heck even a sandpiper. God forbid they open up woodcock season now instead of October 15. Never pulled a trigger, did stir up 4,832,419,065 insects who exacted revenge. Praying for Covid before they call inviting me again. Glad church was there to save me a return trip Sunday.
        Thanks for the chuckles dewman, I must say I enjoyed your ‘little’ miseries and your eloquent reporting of same ! I have never tried hunting any of the critters you mentioned, but I think you have saved me the trouble of finding out I would not enjoy it !

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        • #5
          Froggin' is a piece of cake! ....'cept fer the skeeters, snakes, spiders, heat, mud and nasty water.
          I do love the summertime bellow of a big old bullfrog sitting on a pond bank! Delicious meal, it's just no longer worth all the work.

          I understand hitting them little "teals" can be tough at best! LOL!
          Every spring, we have "blue wing" teal that nest and raise on our ponds!
          They are a blast to watch and hear!

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          • #6
            I can say with confidence I'm done with both. Still got a $25 duck stamp so I may try regular ducks or maybe goose but my knees and hip are going to need a couple days to recoup from my latest fun. I'm actually using a cane to get around.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dewman View Post
              I can say with confidence I'm done with both. Still got a $25 duck stamp so I may try regular ducks or maybe goose but my knees and hip are going to need a couple days to recoup from my latest fun. I'm actually using a cane to get around.
              OUCH!
              I have an appointment Friday. My old beat up right foot is giving me fits.
              I don't think they will be able to do anything other than amputate! LOL! THAT ain't happening ... YET!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

                OUCH!
                I have an appointment Friday. My old beat up right foot is giving me fits.
                I don't think they will be able to do anything other than amputate! LOL! THAT ain't happening ... YET!
                Be happy it is only your foot ! They may not be as linnet with something else, ouch !!!

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                • #9
                  Try the regular ducks. Better weather, no bugs. I've had great teal hunts, and buggy mosquito tests too.

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                  • #10
                    Dewman , teal is how I started duck hunting working the beaver ponds in my youth. Thanks for the chuckles , it reminded me of those times . Yellow jacket nest , bites from everything , spiderwebs and the prize ! Ducks as small as a pigeon enough feathers for Pillow. Nah no thanks for me also.

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