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What was your first bird taken on your very first hunt ?

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  1. AzSprig

    AzSprig Elite Refuge Member

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    1982..Drake Wood Duck on Fiddyment property. Back in the day you could shoot everything from small game to deer 10 minutes from old Roseville... Nothing but houses now.
     
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  2. pumpgunner

    pumpgunner Elite Refuge Member

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    The first duck I killed was a hen wigeon with my 20 gauge 870, I think it was in December in the afternoon outside of Patterson near the San Joaquin river on a duck club my dad belonged to.
     
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  3. Dakillaofnada

    Dakillaofnada Elite Refuge Member

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    hen ruddy.. Colusa refuge thanks giving weekend 1981... walking down the road between 3 and 4.. a flock of about 50 came bombing by.. first shot at a duck... single shot stevens 20 ga... I remember wanting to get it mounted bad.. left in the garage over night and our orange cat ate the damn head off it.. I was devastated.....
     
  4. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Bull spoonie, taken with a Remington 12 ga pump shotgun from a rice tank close to Delevan Refuge, 1995.
     
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  5. Mort

    Mort Elite Refuge Member

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    My first bird hunt was for Pheasant in Willows in the mid 60's. I think I was about 13 years old. I drove up with my dad and his friends, ate breakfast at the Catholic Church and went out hunting. They only shot one bird and we were back at the trucks plucking it and eating lunch when I heard a bunch of shooting in a nearby field. I saw a **** pheasant flying across several fields and land on a check about 50 yards from us. It had not been hit. I took my Winchester, model 37 (single shot, 12 ga) and a German Shorthair dog with me to where I saw it land. I sent the dog into the bushes after it and it didn't flush and the dog didn't come out with it. I laid down the gun, got on my hands and knees and crawled into the brush. I could see the pheasant standing in the brush looking at me, so I backed out and sent the dog in again. Same results. So I laid the gun down again, crawled into the brush and grabbed the pheasant by the neck. The pheasant clawed the #^%$ out of my arm. I stood there for a moment thinking what was the right thing to do. I could let it loose in the air and hope I got a clean shot at it with my single shot. I looked at my bloody arm and thought...nope. I broke its neck and took it back to the truck, plucked it, and finished my lunch. Probably not the sporting thing to do, but I was 13 years old and it tasted pretty good anyway.
     
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  6. swingnmiss

    swingnmiss Senior Refuge Member

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    What great story and a mean pheasant...!
     
  7. Socal Waterfowler

    Socal Waterfowler Elite Refuge Member

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    Hen Mallard (Wister) 312C-2. Single shot 20gauge
     
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  8. thekillerofmallard

    thekillerofmallard Elite Refuge Member

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    No clue my first ducking hunting was jumping shooting the Napa river North of Napa. It was either a mallard or a wood duck.
     
  9. craig wilson

    craig wilson Elite Refuge Member

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    1965, bull sprig with a slingshot and marble
     
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  10. mark seaters

    mark seaters Elite Refuge Member

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    Green wing teal, hen. I was a little guy early sixties, 61 or 62 I guess, long ago. I was hunting with my dad and grandpa a flock of teal buzzed in dad and grandpa went to the plug not a feather touched I popped off with the single shot 410 most likely 6s lead and got her!! I got a lot of mileage out of that bird. Lol

    Grandpa had a ranch outside of Sheridan on yankee slough. Oh my ... heaven it was!! We hunted it for many years as I grew up so many mallards and honkers that came from camp far west to feed on his winter wheat it was crazy !!! Pheasant and doves. Crazy !! Oh what memories!!

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