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Feeling pretty sh*tty...

07 April 2017 - 07:13 PM

Today I was hunting at my new spot, (under a huge over pass) and I got a well placed head-shot on a big fat pigeon that was sitting on an end stanchion (located on each support pillar)...Usually they flap their wings as their brain shuts down, and they fall to the ground, but this guy was back to me, and I shut him down like a light switch...He simply tell over, and stayed on the stanchion....I tried everything from throwing rocks to knock em off (which worked the last time this happened) to using my fishing rod with a treble hook, to fish em off... Without luck..

This really bothers me because it feels wrong...Taking a life all for nothing...Feeling pretty bad about it 😔

I suppose all I can do is not take the shot unless it's a garantee to drop to the ground...So, no shots when they are perched on the end stansions...Which sucks cause they are always the best opportunities...

Anybody have any good ideas on how to avoid this...Maybe crop shots instead of headshots?

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Added one more pigeon for the pie

03 April 2017 - 03:32 PM

Went trout fishing today at my favorite spot, which is also one of my pigeon hunting places. I didn't catch any trout; but I didn't return empty handed. AND, I broke in my new shooter!
I absolutely love the all black theme; however, it sure is difficult to see in the pic...

I now have 3 whole breasts in the freezer. A few more and I will be making a pigeon pie. I've never had pigeon pie before, so I can't wait!

Head-shot @ 15m (16yards)
9.5mm (3/8") steel
30-25mm tapered Simple-Shot Black bands (they are amazingly fast)
Scout (blemish)1bd7b14fe0a7f10662674ea52670d779.jpg

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First day, second cast...fishing success!

01 April 2017 - 11:17 AM

20" Sea-Run Brown trout. What a helluva fight. The Cornwallis River where I caught him runs into the Bay of Fundy (the highest tides in the world) and this was at low tide so I had to deal with 15-20 foot sheer mud banks. I literally had to tire him out in order to walk him an 1/8th of a mile up a near by brook, til I got him to a safe place to bring him on land. The 6lb mono I was using wouldn't have handled dragging him up the banks edge. And he was only lightly hooked in the tongue.
It took two of us to get him on dry land. And about ten minutes to revive him in the brook before release. What a fun time! 0e82b0bb44a1efe02ea648b6a1df250d.jpg

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Another pigeon for the pie shell

26 March 2017 - 03:47 PM

Me, my son, and my best friend decided to go hiking today and we discovered a new place to hunt pigeons. It is a huge bridge that crosses a really wide river. The pigeons are there in great numbers but these pigeons are particularly smart. They were very difficult to get within 30 yards range.

We waited motionless for some time and one landed about 20 yards away...I took a shot (my bands were cold...-1°C today) and missed him by about an inch and the shot richocet was really loud under the steel bridge, and to my surprise about a dozen flew out of the same spot. They were there the whole time.

Anyway, I decided to walk to the next set of vertical pillars and spotted 2 fat doves at about the same distance as the first one. I relaxed, took aim and BAM! Right im the melon. He dropped like a brick. I had a difficult time retrieving him because the river is tidal and he landed in the mud bed (thankfully the tide was out)
I got a little dirty but it was worth it.

These pigeons are eating very well. He was stock full of corn, and he appears bigger than the ones I harvest at my other location. And there are a lot of them! So, I plan to go back this week to bag four more. I have two breasts in the freezer now so, six should make a nice pie!

I must say, I sure am loving shooting longer bands. I was using 25mm-20mm TBG with 3/8"steel @ 38" draw. They were slow on this below freezing spring day, especially compared to the speeds I get in the house.. but they still hit with authority.
I'm not sure a 28" draw would've done the job in -1°C....Even with 30-25mm tapers.

This sure was a pretty pigeon...Hope he tastes as good as he looks!4af15e60a00bef6517e87af82377d729.jpg
Thanks for viewing

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Pigeon for a pie

15 March 2017 - 04:19 PM

Got this guy at my favorite spot...An underpass near a grain barn...He was full of corn...
My trusty Scout...20mm straight cut singles with 3/8" steel....15 yard headshot. He dropped like a brick...

A couple more and I'll be making a pigeon-pot-pie...b966e360f6e0a446ed199dde2ef5d548.jpg

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