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Dave Noreen 09-17-2020 12:58 PM

Gunning Snipe on the Gulf Coast 1901
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Was sorting some of the litter in my computer room this morning and came up with this from Sporting Life, March 16, 1901 --

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This is a decade or so earlier then what I think of as the first heyday of the 3-inch 20-gauge.

Mills Morrison 09-17-2020 02:22 PM

That is very interesting! You don't see much on early snipe shooting, outside of J J Pringle's book.

Kevin McCormack 09-17-2020 03:07 PM


Originally Posted by Mills Morrison (Post 312220)
That is very interesting! You don't see much on early snipe shooting, outside of J J Pringle's book.

Pringle's book is indeed fascinating and on of the few singular treatises on snipe other than Worth Matthewson's 'Reflections on Snipe.

Mills Morrison 09-17-2020 03:26 PM

One of these days I want to get a first edition. Not for $7500 though

Dean Romig 09-17-2020 08:26 PM

I really like the paintings by A.B. Frost of snipe shooting in the marsh from boats poled by guides. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that some of those fellows caught some bird shot from time to time.


Mills Morrison 09-17-2020 08:29 PM

I love A. B. Frost. Also Thomas Eakins' "Pushing for Rail" is one of my favorites.

Kevin McCormack 09-18-2020 06:32 PM

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Both A.B. Frost and Thomas Eakins depicted shooting railbirds (not snipe) from rail skiffs poled across the marsh. (Snipe can be walked up in flooded fields or slackwater adjacent to marshes, but you can only very rarely wade for any rail I know of except maybe Clapper or King rail due to the texture of the marsh. I became obsessed with Sora rail hunting in the early 1990s and hunted them on the Maurice ("Morris") River in NJ and the upper Patuxent River below Lower Marlboro MD, both rail shooting strongholds from the 1880s.

I once drove all the way to Philadelphia (around 3 hrs. from my home) in subzero cold just to see Thomas Eakins' original painting that Mills mentioned (below). It depicts rail shooting on the Delaware River below Port Penn just southeast of Philadelphia. It was one of an exhibit of 113 of Eakins' original works, all assembled from private donors for a special exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was more than worth the drive.

The second picture depicts the modern version: brother Tom goes to the ready as he and pusher Jack Smith enter a rice 'meadow' on the Maurice River near Port Elizabeth, NJ. And for those who just 'have to know', Tom's gun is a 28" VH 28 gauge Parker!).

Dean Romig 09-18-2020 07:18 PM

I’m curious how one is able to find downed birds in such marsh tangles?


Kevin McCormack 09-19-2020 04:08 PM

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[QUOTE=Dean Romig;312300]Im curious how one is able to find downed birds in such marsh tangles?

Dean, attached is a shot of some typical styles of markers and a tiny dip net used to retrieve downed birds. The markers are thrown as close to the downed birds as possible then the skiff is poled to the site and the search begins. As many as 4 or 5 birds may jump within the length of the boat, so bright visible markers are a must in locating dead birds. Some guides simply use bright yellow or chartreuse tennis balls - not very nostalgic but very effective!

Dean Romig 09-19-2020 04:15 PM

Thanks very much Kevin - that makes perfect sense.


Harry Collins 09-21-2020 11:24 AM

Papa said it was most fun on a high tide with a full moon. I suppose spring tides made the pushing easy as well as spotting the downed birds.

Garth Gustafson 09-21-2020 11:54 AM

I couldn't resist bringing this Sept rail hunting story back to the top. A good chuckle for sure.

Robbie Payne 06-10-2021 09:51 PM

Georgia Snipe
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Stumbled across this thread and loved every minute of are a few pics from this past season.

Commonly considered a fools errand and snipe hunting a great practical joke but I can assure you its real and anything but a joke! Miles through coastal marshes and sporty shooting is required to scratch out a few of these dainty migratory beauties.

I wont require a lullaby to be put to sleep.

John Davis 06-11-2021 10:22 PM

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I love to chase snipe!

Bob Hayes 06-14-2021 04:01 PM

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Awesome bird that is severely underrated

John Marscher 06-14-2021 06:03 PM

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Sure do miss hunting them, and burning for them.

Will Gurton 07-18-2021 10:38 PM

Don't Look Autoloader! Lol
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Love Snipe!

Thanks for not banning me!


Bill Murphy 07-19-2021 03:23 PM

Whoa. What a squareback, Will. Tell us about it.

Will Gurton 07-19-2021 11:00 PM

Remington Autoloading Shotgun
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Thanks Bill,

It is a circa 1910 production Remington Autoloading Shotgun Grade No.5 (Expert).

Two barrels 28" SR Cylinder with Twin Ivories and a later Remington Factory added 30" VR Full.

Came out of upper Indiana in a Red Head 2 barrel leather case.

It has good dimensions and just the right amount of wear to be steady in the field.


Dean Romig 07-19-2021 11:08 PM

At a gun show about ten years ago I saw a Browning A-5 with about ther same amount of engraving coverage - beautiful old gun with some honest wear that somebody had cut the barrel to 22" and mounted rifle sights on it to make it a deer gun... what a horrible shame.


John Allen 07-30-2021 03:26 PM

I like the final comment that misses were the fault of the gunner not the gun. How true that is.

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