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Old 10-17-2016, 09:36 AM
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Are there any small game hunters here? QuaiI, Grouse, Pheasant, Rabbit, Squirrel. I used to do a lot of it in northern Indiana but haven't been in the woods or field since I moved to Charlotte. I would like to get back out there. Any knowledge anyone would be willing to share would be much appreciated!
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:41 AM
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When I resided in the north-----

I trained a German shorthair pointer and hunted her for 11 years, really enjoyed it.

However in North Carolina where I hunt we have three types of rattlers,copperheads and moccasins.

I know of two people that have had their dogs bitten.

I would love to have another pointer,but not fesable in my present hunting environment.
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:00 PM
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Quail hunting in NC use to be really good. I had several setters and brittanies, in the last 15 years quail hunting where I use to hunt is pretty much non existent. Squirrel and rabbit is still good. Grouse in places can be good but a workout to hunt. There is decent woodcock hunting in certain places at times.
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:05 PM
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Had a fantastic grouse hunting while living in western NY.
Lived in NE Missouri for a bit, hunted quail and pheasant all the time. It spoiled me.
Unfortunately we don't have good upland bird hunting here in NC (there are some hunt clubs) but not quite the same.
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Your good in the squirrel and rabbit departments and woodcock as mentioned but not so much with pheasant, grouse, quail. If you want to hunt birds with dogs, you probably need to check out some hunting preserves with stocked birds. Primland is a pretty swanky resort with upland hunting.

I raised a few Brittanies before my son was born and enjoyed bird hunting on a private club here in southern VA. It has since gone out of business. Most the guys here that like to bird hunt go to South Dakota, Texas or New Mexico. PA still stocks some pheasants.

Do you want to hunt for sport or meat? If you just want sport, Coyote hunting is pretty good now. Also might want to try groundhog hunting in the summer months.
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Old 10-17-2016, 01:24 PM
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I do the occasional squirrel hunt, as well as set a few rabbit boxes when I have the time. I have seen a few more quail in the past few years, but they are still pretty low population wise. I actually hit a hen with my truck a few weeks ago, on the way back from a deer hunting trip.
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Old 10-17-2016, 01:32 PM
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QuaiI, and Pheasant are some my favorite types of hunting

I have only done it with my own dogs in my home town where I was very familiar with the terrain

I would suggest trying out something like http://www.thewebbfarm.com/the-webb-farm/

When I moved to florida I visited a similar outfit in LaBelle and it was a blast
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We always ran Labs but would love to have a German shorthair. I have done hunts in the Dakotas, Iowa, bear in Montana. I have been missing the woods. I did some coyote hunting and a lot of groundhog plinking clearing hayfields. I used to shoot skeet competitively and upland birds has always been a favorite. A lot of trapping during the winters when I was younger. I have spent enough time skinning, fleshing, stretching, and tanning hides that could go without that part but, I have no problems taking care of nuisance coyotes or groundhogs if the opportunity was given to me, I enjoy game hunting and eating what I harvest. Rabbit is a favorite of mine, and without a dog squirrel hunting would suit me just fine. Killing Just for the sake of killing would be secondary.
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Anyone hunting Dove?
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:22 PM
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I use to hunt rabbits, squirrels and spams and back when Naugahyde furniture was popular I kept a pack of Nauga hounds. Armor Star Packing company came to North Carolina and wiped out the Spam and they started using Chinese material on furniture so now I just fish.
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Originally Posted by Ken T View Post
I use to hunt rabbits, squirrels and spams and back when Naugahyde furniture was popular I kept a pack of Nauga hounds. Armor Star Packing company came to North Carolina and wiped out the Spam and they started using Chinese material on furniture so now I just fish.
What is a spam? Is that where naugahyde comes from?
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yummmm. spams and eggs. Breaksfast of champions
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Saw an awful lot of beans today on my trip from Richmond to Hatteras. Area around the toll road on 168 specifically were huge and all beans. Got beans, you got quail. i am a serious groundhog hunter but go north to make it worthwhile.
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Old 10-17-2016, 04:20 PM
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Saw an awful lot of beans today on my trip from Richmond to Hatteras. Area around the toll road on 168 specifically were huge and all beans. Got beans, you got quail. i am a serious groundhog hunter but go north to make it worthwhile.
Where north do you shoot whistlepigs?

i would have thought quail and grouse would have been good here. And it sounds like it was in the past. That webb farm looks amazing. I grew up with 12,000 acres of public preserve in my back yard. so the hunting club things are new to me
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Ken T View Post
I use to hunt rabbits, squirrels and spams and back when Naugahyde furniture was popular I kept a pack of Nauga hounds. Armor Star Packing company came to North Carolina and wiped out the Spam and they started using Chinese material on furniture so now I just fish.

That's funny right there.....
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We always ran Labs but would love to have a German shorthair. I have done hunts in the Dakotas, Iowa, bear in Montana. I have been missing the woods. I did some coyote hunting and a lot of groundhog plinking clearing hayfields. I used to shoot skeet competitively and upland birds has always been a favorite. A lot of trapping during the winters when I was younger. I have spent enough time skinning, fleshing, stretching, and tanning hides that could go without that part but, I have no problems taking care of nuisance coyotes or groundhogs if the opportunity was given to me, I enjoy game hunting and eating what I harvest. Rabbit is a favorite of mine, and without a dog squirrel hunting would suit me just fine. Killing Just for the sake of killing would be secondary.

Sounds to me like you need to take up boar hunting. There are plenty in NC and there isn't anything much tastier.

I did a lot of trapping as a kid in PA. Thinking of taking it back up. Coyote, Fox, Mink, Otter and Bobcat have all made big comebacks since fur went out of style. And there you have the reason for the loss of birds (add in the ubiquitous presence of Ferrel cats) Too many preadtors for the young birds to make it to adulthood. Also less small farm land and hedgerows. If you really enjoy skeet shooting, then you need to take up Dove hunting. There's lots of good dove hunting in NC and SC. You just have to talk to the right people and find the right farms.
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I used to be pretty good with chipmunks, using a .177 pellet rifle.

I think they messed with my sights this year because when I take aim. they stand very very still while I take a few shots. Then they smirk and run away.
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what are some simple snare traps for a beginner?
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:42 PM
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Sounds to me like you need to take up boar hunting. There are plenty in NC and there isn't anything much tastier.

I did a lot of trapping as a kid in PA. Thinking of taking it back up. Coyote, Fox, Mink, Otter and Bobcat have all made big comebacks since fur went out of style. And there you have the reason for the loss of birds (add in the ubiquitous presence of Ferrel cats) Too many preadtors for the young birds to make it to adulthood. Also less small farm land and hedgerows. If you really enjoy skeet shooting, then you need to take up Dove hunting. There's lots of good dove hunting in NC and SC. You just have to talk to the right people and find the right farms.

Dove is great fun also. my dad has done the boar hunting. I have not but have always wanted to take one with my pistol.

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I used to be pretty good with chipmunks, using a .177 pellet rifle.



I think they messed with my sights this year because when I take aim. they stand very very still while I take a few shots. Then they smirk and run away.

try the milk jug trick. You might get suprised!


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what are some simple snare traps for a beginner?
all snare traps are simple and cheap. just order wire ones off the Internet or a trap store (if those even still exist) We never used them. They damage the pelts, and kill indiscriminately.

buy a copy of "The Trappers Bible"
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My Dad and I quail hunted from the time I was old enough to hunt until I was in my 20's.
I have seen the NC quail population go from plentiful to scarce. I do not know of anyone here in NC who still hunts quail, although I am sure some still do.
We raised English and German short haired pointers. Boy, I sure do miss the walking in the woods with the dog in front scouting for birds. What fun it was.
Rabbits and Squirrels still abound as well as doves.
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