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Chuck:

There are back fields at Assunpink that don't get nearly the pressure that the "main" (i.e., by the F&W office, the shotgun & archery ranges and the lake) fields do -- these are also the places that the pushed birds retreat to...they're there, if you look for them.

Even the front fields will yield birds in the afternoon, if your dog is not afraid (or you, either) to bust a little thicker cover to find them. Most guys seem to want to walk the rows between the soybean and sorghum plants and hope they can kick up a bird without straining anything...

Look at it this way -- if the F&W puts out 530 birds today, do you think 265 guys will limit out tomorrow morning? Probably not, which is why you get 8 guys trying to knock down one pheasant, even if it's running in the grass!

That means the rest of those birds are there somewhere -- just gotta dig 'em out -- that's what the dog's for. Good luck tomorrow.

Tony
 

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That's why I don't do the morning -- all those guys, all that lead, people shooting birds on the ground -- all too easy for a dog (or a person) to catch some birdshot.

Also, who really wants to have to fight with somebody who shot at the same bird you did from the next row over? I'd rather wait longer knowing I'll have to work a little harder for my birds.

What that's they say -- "if it was easy, they'd just call it killing"...

By the way, I'm keeping it to just me and the dog for now, as this will be his first season and I want to see how he does -- I won't be shooting at any birds he doesn't point, so I don't reward him for the wrong behavior. Once he gets a few hunts under his belt, you're welcome to join us.

Tony
 

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I'll be at one gun club in Alpha in the AM and then the other club in Long Valley in the PM.

Flatbrook Tues and Thurs.

Who knows where M, W, F.
 

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I am planning an early exit from work[cool] No one knows about it but me[up]

Will be in my stand by 2 PM and try and meet up for round 2 with the 10 pointer I missed on monday:)
 

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By the way, I'm keeping it to just me and the dog for now, as this will be his first season and I want to see how he does -- I won't be shooting at any birds he doesn't point, so I don't reward him for the wrong behavior. Once he gets a few hunts under his belt, you're welcome to join us.
Any time, just let me know.

my dog usually finds the birds in the afternoon so let me know if u want to meet up sinse u dont have a dog i'll only charge u a small fee lol
 
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