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    My nephew shoots an old 1100 and is a crack shot....

    My nephew shoots an old 1100 and is a crack shot. Doesn't seem to mind carrying the heavy gun...
  2. Thread: Ice Conditions

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    Got to hand it to you...you're avid! And you...

    Got to hand it to you...you're avid! And you kept falling in? That's dedication!!
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    Safe travels! Would assume some parts of the...

    Safe travels! Would assume some parts of the state are impassable.

    Always interested to hear about your hunts...
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    January...new storm 12/29 - way too much snow to...

    January...new storm 12/29 - way too much snow to manage! Think I'll sty at home...
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    What happens when a bird is shot - how does the...

    What happens when a bird is shot - how does the dog respond?

    I've watched trainers use pigeons and shoot over the dog several times over. The dog gives chase, bird is shot and the dog usually...
  6. Labs: Thanks for the input - most appreciated....

    Labs:

    Thanks for the input - most appreciated.

    LOP on my guns is in the 12.5" range - as short as possible due to arm constraints. The gun doesn't lift straight up; it takes two moves, 45...
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    Frozen cattails..not the norm in far southern SD....

    Frozen cattails..not the norm in far southern SD. Just returned last night, didn't penetrate the ice, but didn't test it either. Could see running water in several places, so assumed ice wasn't...
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    I'll second Brittman's advice..."lots of birds."...

    I'll second Brittman's advice..."lots of birds."

    Repeating the bird situation will enhance the dog's "prey drive." Keep repeating the bird and dog situation and the dog should catch on quickly. ...
  9. I noticed you have an English Setter - a friend...

    I noticed you have an English Setter - a friend of mine has this breed; fun dog to hunt with.

    Visited with a woman in SD that does dog grooming. She told us about an English Setter (show dog) that...
  10. ..."as I age"...it's the hands that become...

    ..."as I age"...it's the hands that become difficult to keep warm; holding on to a gun makes it worse. Battery gloves really work well, but are a bit bulky, especially reloading.
  11. Good info...thanks. Last week it was 11...

    Good info...thanks.

    Last week it was 11 degrees with a 18? mph wind when we started. Can't imagine that situation without a coat of some kind.

    Of course we were wearing our "ninja" masks and...
  12. You are so right about the vest keeping you a bit...

    You are so right about the vest keeping you a bit warmer and I like the big game carrier pockets, not that I need it that often! I did wear it last weekend in very cold weather - a bit more...
  13. Thread: Ice Conditions

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    Wonder if light-weight chest waders are the...

    Wonder if light-weight chest waders are the answer for semi frozen sloughs? Obviously one should continue to be intelligent about thin ice. Waders would force one to go very slow...
  14. Thanks for the suggestion... I have a shell...

    Thanks for the suggestion...

    I have a shell bag I wear for sporting clay's and I probably could add another bag(s) to the arrangement. Also I have a very light weight vest that's a possibility.
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    Watching those young dogs get the hang of...

    Watching those young dogs get the hang of it...much fun! Congrats Joel!
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    Just returned from SD and...sloughs are not...

    Just returned from SD and...sloughs are not frozen! West of Chamberlain a ways.

    My partner went in with one foot and a day later I went in with both, enough to fill one boot.

    I wear a high...
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    Hunting thick cattails...not a fun endeavor. ...

    Hunting thick cattails...not a fun endeavor.

    Very difficult to find downed birds or follow cripples. And what about the water? frozen yet?

    Later in the season, when frozen, the edge can be...
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    ..."land that is not posted" - what if it's...

    ..."land that is not posted" - what if it's posted? And..."after being told to leave" If not told to leave, then one can remain? For how long?Indefinite, until you find the cripple?

    Rather...
  19. Birdshooter: Thanks for the detailed help with...

    Birdshooter:

    Thanks for the detailed help with mounting...most appreciated.

    Have been doing the electrical tape routine on the stock for a long time and it helps. The length of pull on three...
  20. Helpful comments - thanks!

    Helpful comments - thanks!
  21. Need an opinion: strap game carrier or vest in the winter?

    This is sort of an odd question, but thought I would get some opinions.

    Due to a disability in my right arm, I have difficulty mounting the gun, especially when I have a few layers of clothing and...
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    From what you describe, the vest is too tight...

    From what you describe, the vest is too tight around the leg opening...alter the vest by cutting the leg opening back. And make a slice or two back from the opening, to increase the diameter of the...
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    Bret...bird down on the ice. I wasn't aware we...

    Bret...bird down on the ice. I wasn't aware we were so close to open water; cattails very high and thick.

    Regards the tinkering on an A5...the old 12ga, A5 had an issue with the carrier not...
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    Bret: Enjoyed your hunting story and can...

    Bret: Enjoyed your hunting story and can appreciate the frustration et al. Hopefully things will improve for you as the season progresses.

    Last Friday I did shoot a bird next to a slough/lake...
  25. Thread: Report

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    Maybe you would tell us a bit about your Golden -...

    Maybe you would tell us a bit about your Golden - breeder, training et al.

    Thanks!
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