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Score 2 for the 9yr and the .410!

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by shooter66, Dec 27, 2009.

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  1. shooter66

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    Well the boy wore the new off the .410 at @ 9:05 this morning with his first ever Pheasant (Cockbird)! He followed that up with a Hen about 30 minutes later. Both Flying shots (under 25yds each shot)! We used 3" 4 shot and I put a fiber optic sight on it to help him out...It was a perfect day for a .410 hunt....6-8 inches of snow and cold so they held tight. We just took our time and went slow...finding tracks and cutting them off! In fact we heard the cockbird he got scook and we headed that way.

    Dad (me) ended up with his 2 as well so we were done by 10:15. We seen 8 birds in total.

    I cant wait to get him out to shoot some clays. He really has a knack for this stuff. He shoots his bow as well as most adults from 30 and in.


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  2. GW22

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    Very cool. He looks pretty happy, & rightly so.

    -Gary
     
  3. tad houston

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    Wow, That's a Great photo (and what a memory)!
     
  4. JRW

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    Great shooting!! He is hooked. Jerry
     
  5. Jawhawker

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    shooter66, Iam very happy for you and especially so for the memory that the day will give you forever :)

    Iam so glad that you didn't listen to the neysayers about the use of the 410 which could have possibly not given this memory to you...
     
  6. Brian in Oregon

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    My father grew up with a Stevens bolt action 410 shotgun, choked full. He was very good with it. He and my grandfather hunted pheasants in North Dakota, mainly around the Bismarck area. That 410 put a lot of food on the table. I have the gun now. Need to put a replacement bead on it.

    I love Oregon for its scenic beauty and large amount of public lands to hunt on, but the pheasant hunting here pales in comparison to the midwest. Almost all pheasant hunting is released game farm birds on public or private land, and the use of dogs is almost mandatory for any kind of consistent success.

    But I digress. Cherish this time and take lots of photos. And enjoy those pheasants!
     
  7. shooter66

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    I have to tell you the proudest I was all day wasnt him making the shots (not to say that they werent proud moments)....it was as were going from one field to the next we stopped to talk to some other hunters and one of them was asking about his gun as he has a daughter about that age and size and asked if he could see it. Without any direction he broke the gun open removed the shell and handed the guy the gun breach open and breach facing the guy. Seeing him practice that kind of saftey and respect for a firearm at his age is awseome and I commended him for it on the way home.

    Pheasantmaster....those 4's ate them birds up. I think 5's would be perfect, but tough to find.
     
  8. Jawhawker

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    shooter66, I will look for you on those 5's.

    Where are you folks from?
     
  9. shooter66

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    Northern Illinois. Bolingbrook to be exact (west of Chitown about 30 miles). We hunted south of the house today in Kankakee County.
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

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    Shooter66, bingo, it made me proud when after hunting with a friend over dogs, Sean, then 12 (he's 20 now) was told his safe gun handling was exemplary, and he was invited to go hunting anytime he wanted. That made me prouder than hitting the pheasant.
     
  11. timb99

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    Is it legal to shoot hen pheasants in Illinois?

    Also, you said both were flying shots. Is it legal to shoot them on the ground?
     
  12. shooter66

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    Yes...and yes.
     
  13. Hap MecTweaks

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    WTG young man and Dad too!! Memories of that day will last him a lifetime!! You have every right to be proud of your son's abilities and his safe gun handling too! Your both hooked together as huntin buddies from now on!!

    Hap
     
  14. PerazziBigBore

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    Score 2 for the 9yr and the .410!!!

    I can't begin to tell you how happy I am for you and your son.. What I would not have given to have a son I could pass my passion of shooting on too..You're a very lucky man...and your son is lucky to have a father that shares his knowledge and love of the outdoors with him... Happy New Year.. Mike
     
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    Now this is what keeps me coming back to this forum. Congratulations to the young man. That smile on his face is worth a million. Your a great father shooter66. I wish that this country had many millions like you and your son.
     
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    It's not legal to shoot a wild Hen in Illinois. You can shoot a hen at a preserve or on state managed put and take public hunting ground. They have a limited amount of hunters and release pen raised birds on public hunting area.
     
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    Best of all we all appreciate you sharing the experience and photo with us..its like we were there with you,...warms my heart to see the seeds being sown to grow a new little sportman and hopefully trapshooter too,..he is our future
     
  18. shooter66

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    Almcvey is correct...I should have stated we were hunting Kankakee State Park which is a "Controlled Hunt Area" and has different regs then do the Private lands. I do not hunt Private land so when I talk Pheasant huntinng I tend to talk Controlled style of hunts....my fault for not clairifying that on the previous response.

    I placed a link to the regs for Kankakee in the the URL link above.

    Its tough to find private land this close to Chicago its all bought/leased up.

    Scott
     
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    Take good care of the D'max too. In 7-8 years, he'll find that truck way cool and want it to drive to high school.
     
  20. shooter66

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    Well.....he crushed another one today...make it 3 for 3 this week for the boy. I have created a monster.

    Anyone got a cheap MEC 600 20ga press?? I got a feeling Im going to be loading down some 1oz rounds for him to come shoot on thursdays and sundays real soon.

    Scott
     
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