The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old November 12, 2007, 03:36 PM   #1
roy reali
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 23, 2005
Posts: 3,248
No Choice?

This past weekend they had a charity pheasant hunt here. A friend and I participated. We both got our allotted(2) birds. Today I decided to hunt one of the planted areas to see if I could could get lucky and snag any left-overs.

I did get lucky. I did bag one pheasant. But, I did it in an unconventional way.

My dog and I had just crossed a fence. There was a tree with some brush just beyond it. My dog bee-lined into the brush. A second latter I heard a cackle and I heard a flush. The pheasant flew up into the tree. It landed on a branch about 15 feet up. He stood there right in the open. I then decided to walk towards it and shoot it when it flew. He decided to just stand on that branch. I jumped up and down, yelled at it, waived my cap, and threw assorted objects at it. That bird was not going to budge. My dog was even under him barking. After ten minutes I made up my mind.

I backed about ten or so yards away from the bird. I aimed my shotgun and blasted him out of the tree. I know this is unethical and unsporting, but this bird wasn't going to budge.

I felt kind of bad. I wanted a flying shot to give it a chance. I felt like I had no choice.

What would you have done?
roy reali is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 06:16 PM   #2
Art Eatman
Staff Lead
 
Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
Posts: 22,540
That bird was just too dumb to live. Evolution works. A passive Darwin Award candidate, as it were.



Art
__________________
You're from BATFE? Come right in! I use all your fine products!
Art Eatman is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 06:30 PM   #3
FirstFreedom
Junior member
 
Join Date: May 31, 2004
Location: The Toll Road State, U.S.A.
Posts: 12,451
Quote:
That bird was just too dumb to live. Evolution works. A passive Darwin Award candidate, as it were.
Yep, I agree - that's a cull bird there.
FirstFreedom is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 07:07 PM   #4
Boris Bush
Junior member
 
Join Date: September 7, 2007
Posts: 921
I used to get it from some guys when I would shoot them if they ran instead of fly. My reply was always, "run like a rabbit, die like a rabbit"......

Of course I only did it if the dog was nowhere near it and it was running away from my hunting partner (I only ever hunted pheasants with one other person).
Boris Bush is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 07:15 PM   #5
SavageSniper
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 25, 2005
Location: Crawfordville, FL
Posts: 494
I will agree with the "dumb bird" theory. It was certainly not unethical, sound like you killed him dead to me!
__________________
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights!
SavageSniper is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 07:28 PM   #6
Dirty_Harry
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 11, 2006
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Posts: 1,090
I bet he was the tastiest dumb bird ever.
__________________
"The only purpose for a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you never should have laid down."

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." -John Wayne
Dirty_Harry is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 07:47 PM   #7
Scorch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2006
Location: Washington state
Posts: 11,450
Oh, that is cruel, inhumane, and inconsiderate. It also adds weight to your game bag.

BTDT

Taste good, don't they?
__________________
Never try to educate someone who resists knowledge at all costs.
But what do I know?
Summit Arms Services
Taylor Machine
Scorch is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 07:57 PM   #8
Wild Bill Bucks
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 28, 2005
Location: Southeastern Oklahoma, Next door to Sasquatch
Posts: 1,264
When I was about 8 or 9 years old, I got to go hunting with a man named Jim, who was probably in his 40's. He was one of those guys who never shot anything he couldn't eat, and never wasted a shot he could keep from.

We had been walking across a field at my grandads farm, when suddenly a quail ran down a cow path in front of us. I threw my .410 up and almost immediately, Jim pushed my barrel down, and said "Don't shoot that bird".

I thought that was kind of strange, because, that was what we were hunting. But I started running with Jim, down the trail, chasing this bird, and he stopped again. I again started to shoot, and Jim stopped me again. We chased the bird down the trail some more, and all of a sudden, it ran into 6 or 7 more birds in a bunch. I remembered what Jim had said about not shooting the bird on the ground, and did not even try to shoot. Then all at once I heard Jims 12 guage go off, and there were 5 birds, laying dead in front of us.

I guess I looked pretty suprised, and Jim turned to me and said "There ain't enough meat on one bird for all of us, so you gotta wait till they bunch up".

This happened back in the 50's when there was a lot more hunting going on for the meat rather than the sport.

I don't bird hunt and haven't for 40 years, but I guess the point to my story is, those quail sure did taste good, know matter how we got them.
Wild Bill Bucks is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 10:28 PM   #9
langenc
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 19, 2007
Location: Montmorency Co, MI
Posts: 1,187
As Jerry Clower used to say-- "can they fly?"
langenc is offline  
Old November 12, 2007, 11:02 PM   #10
FrontSight
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 9, 2005
Posts: 1,712
um, I'm supposed to shoot them when they FLY??

lol

Drop em as you spot em!
__________________
To kill something as great as a duck just to smell the gunpowder is a crime against nature. - Alan Liere
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. - George Bernard Shaw
FrontSight is offline  
Old November 24, 2007, 09:31 AM   #11
Andrew93
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 23, 2007
Location: sneaking up on you
Posts: 106
one of my friends was pheasant hunting and it was raining and the birds wouldnt fly. His dad put one of the birds on his foot and kicked it into the air. My friend shot it at about 6 feet with a 12 gauge. He said it sort of liked popped.
Andrew93 is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08876 seconds with 7 queries