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    • Clay Hayes
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      I got 2 shots at a fat blue today. The first was a clean miss at about 10 ft. Warning shot:roll:

      I saw where he landed and kicked him up for a second shot on the wing. As he blew out of the cover, my hex head passed through his secondaries. Oh so close!

      Later on I saw 7 sharptails that flushed off the road. Season opens in October:wink:

    • T. J. Conrads
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      At least you are getting out. I have yet to step into the woods!

      I do like the warning shot, though; truly a sportsman who gives the hunted game animal every opportunity to escape …

      T.J.

    • oldcentaur
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      TJ,
      You should be really proud of me if you like warning shots. Yesterday, antelope hunting was going nowhere, so I got out the coyote call and called in a songdog to about 20 yards. My arrow went right under his belly as I ‘educated’ him.

    • Buckhorn73
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      Great, Clay – now your mind is set and has become one with the arrow. You have issued a first warning, a second sterner warning and nows it’s fair to shoot for fare on the table. Good luck.

    • MontanaFord
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      I don’t think the critters I chase need a warning shot. Me tromping around the brush and woods should be warning enough. Every arrow I let fly has the intention of putting meat on the table. However, smaller game seems to be the ones that end up on the table more than larger game. How does that work? Can hit a small target fairly easily, but can miss an entire larger target just as easily. Odd.

      Michael

      p.s. Today is our opener and I still have nothing prepared for the hunt.

    • Chris Shelton
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      Montana I think that you and I put more small game meat on the table because we get so many opportunities, that and I think there is probably less buck fever for a little squirrel than there is for that nice deer!? Either way I still get a rush and every now and then I get some meat to feast upon!!

    • Jesse Minish
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      I have shot with Clay and he should have to give a warning shot every time or there wouldn’t be any grouse left for the rest of us.

    • SteveMcD
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      Glad you’re out hunting already! Ah, memories. We always remember the ones that got away!:)

    • T. J. Conrads
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      Centaur, I’ve educated a lot of animals in my life as well! I think it goes with the job. Last fall, I was hosting some friends from Germany. I missed an easy shot at a doe because I was looking at her ears and not her vitals. Did the same with some grouse. Had a firefight in the woods with a half dozen Ruffed and they would have won if Hans hadn’t kicked two of their asses. I finally settled down and found some of my errant arrows and whacked two of them. The best shot I made all week was a 25 yard shot at a huge blue. Drilled him off a log. Surprised the hell out of me!

      T.J.

    • Todd Smith
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      I miss the grouse…

      When living in Alaska there were grouse aplenty. My year in the bush provided me with many opportunities to loose arrows at them. I still get all worked up when I shoot at them. Even when they’re just sitting on a branch looking down at me.

      I’d have to say that I’ve missed more than I’ve collected, but each shot carried the same amount of excitement.

      Nice shot TJ! I’ve never taken a blue.

      Blessings! todd

    • texasota
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      just got back south after me “deer” hunting trip to minnesota. no deer, but the ruffed grouse were out!!! I lost 8 arrows and downed 2 grouse! WELL WORTH IT!!!:D:D:D

    • Todd Smith
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      texasota,

      Two ruffs with a bow? Nice!!

      Ruffs are great! I really liked hunting them. I’ve never seen a grouse here in Indiana. I saw some in Michigan’s UP a couple years back while on a bear hunt. Never came close to getting a shot with my bow…

      Like I said, I miss grouse hunting.

      Blessings! todd

    • texasota
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      yeah it was exciting to say the least!!! we were walking the snowmobile trails, the woods were rediculously thick, and they would just sit there in the trails, if you missed they would fly ten yards to a tree and sit there.
      it was a blast, but now I have to tell my wife I need arrows…AGAIN!!!

    • MontanaFord
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      texasota…

      been a while since i’ve written you, my friend. glad your trip to ‘sota was somewhat fruitful. the ruffies here are jumpier than a jackrabbit in a cactus patch. if you’re within 50 yards, they get flighty real fast. if you’re driving the roads, you can sometimes idle your way to within 30 of them, but you better be able to make a shot almost as soon as your feet hit the road, cuz they’re wingin it down into the brush, and they don’t stop within sight of the road, usually. franklin grouse (aka fool hens) tend to sit there and let you walk up within a very short distance, usually, before they get itchy. blues, well, they vary depending on hunting pressure. if they’re way back off the road, they usually won’t take off too fast. sometimes, though, if they’ve seen a few people, or it’s late in the season, they’ll get itchy wings a bit sooner. good luck with hunting. i haven’t slung an arrow yet this year…pretty sad for me, but with school and work, it’s hard to find free time.

      michael.

    • texasota
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      Good to hear from ya Montana!!! the season just opend right before i got up there, and the way they hunt them “up north’ is with 12ga. and ford trucks:!::( So when you get back in the woods, chances are the birds haven’t seen a person walking up right their whole life!
      when we hunt them with shotguns and dogs, we limit out quite regularly…or at least have a blast missing:lol:

    • Bloodless
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      You caomplanin? I caint even hit them little rockets with a shotgun! Keep us umble! bb

    • texasota
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      not compaining at all:lol::lol::lol:
      just wish i could shoot straighter:oops:

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