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Doesn't anyone go bird hunting anymore?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by DeanMk, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. DeanMk

    DeanMk Poulsbo, Wa. Active Member

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    I see posts for bear, wolf, even rattlesnake (???), but nothing about Pheasant, Quail, Chuckars, etc.
    Anyone on this board going out for upland?
    Where are you going? How'd you do?
    Help an old uplander live vicariously through your activities, since its not in the cards for me right now.



    DeanMk
     
  2. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I still go. Alot.
     
  3. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I raise and release pheasants every year around my place specifically to keep the population high. For my money, there is no bird that tastes quite as good as pheasant.
     
  4. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Nice bird GSP in the crate? where do you go? eastside IM sure.
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    GWP, actually. Ellensburg, George, Walla Walla, Grand Ronde, Pendleton...I used to do a lot more hunting over here at the PRSs, but the one I liked to go to became a methane reclamation project site.
     
  6. DeanMk

    DeanMk Poulsbo, Wa. Active Member

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    I remember pheasant hunting in George and Quincy...
    Nice pic, 2506. Thanks.

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  7. STNOSU

    STNOSU Corvallis Member

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    I am hoping to try pheasant hunting shortly, it should be fun but the local area looks like it could get crowded.
     
  8. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    Wow! PM me if you ever need help with all those birds.
     
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    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    I have a young GWP and go every weekend. I will also make a couple trips this fall to Eastern Oregon. Walked about 10 miles on Sunday for one Rough Grouse. Though it was the best tasting Grouse i have ever had. The heat has not been fun the last few trips. I live on the west side of the state and I don't think we have very good hunting around here compared to other spots.

    I also noticed a higher number of Band Tailed Pigeons and understand they are making a come back. Did you ever hunt those? I was told by a buddy of mine that they are a lost game bird now. Something about it being so long since they have been hunted that people now don't know how to hunt them even though they are coming back. I guess folks used to hunt them at certain springs up in the hill, but who knows where those springs are now was the concern. I only see them in tall trees and they bail pretty quick.

    After working with my GWP for over a year i have a lot of respect for anyone that creates a great hunting dog out of one of these buggers.
     
  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Have a source for the chicks?
     
  11. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    johnboy Hillsboro Member

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    Go on the East side mostly for Chukar....lots of excercise and fun to watch the dogs work. Depending on the hatch/year, it can be pretty good on BLM land......fun
     
  13. DeanMk

    DeanMk Poulsbo, Wa. Active Member

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    Sprocket3,

    Never hunted in Oregon. I'm in Washington. Hunted at the old release site near the Mission Creek Youth Camp (Tahuya). Did a lot of hunting in George/Quincy (see pics in my last post), and did a fair amount of Chukar hunting out in Black Canyon (Wenas/Naches area).
    Never hunted Band Tails, but remember hearing about folks who did.
    I understand hunting Pigeon is pretty much like Dove, but bigger, so the target is just a hair easier to hit, but you've either gotta sneak up on them or hit 'em on the fly (like Dove).
    I haven't heard of anyone hunting Band Tails for a long time, though.
    If they're making a comeback, I wonder who's habitat they will take over?


    DeanMk
     
  14. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    Got spanked again Sunday. Walked 13 miles of dirt roads and didn't see a single Grouse.

    Though I learned that I burn about 124 calories per mile accordign to my GPS. My pace while "hunting" was about 26 minutes per mile.
     
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    jp1985 Linn County, Oregon Active Member

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    Do you use a dog when you go ?
     
  16. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    Yep.. GWP
     
  17. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Yep GSP's the other dogs are my sons and they are used for therapy when I come home PO about not getting anything
     
  18. jp1985

    jp1985 Linn County, Oregon Active Member

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    Hmm not sure then i guess it was just an off day? i have those sometimes when i go bird hunting as well what part of Oregon you in?
     
  19. jp1985

    jp1985 Linn County, Oregon Active Member

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    haha yeah i can see that they look like they would be funny therapy dogs do you put them into the wagon and roll them around for a laugh?
     
  20. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    I'm in Salem, but was hunting above Detroit at around 3000 feet IIRC. It will be the last time I walk open roads though. When driving the area I saw a few birds the prior month, but I'm worried with all the other hunters driving through there they got taken in the first couple weeks of bow/bird season.