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Unread 11-14-2023, 08:53 PM   #1
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Woodcock season is over in New York. Got 1 today with a 28ga repro. I am pleasantly surprised with this 28ga DHE Repro, it took 6 out of 7 birds shot at this season ,all with right barrel that's choked Q1. It's a joy to carry and shoot in the uplands. I took 1 grouse with it the only one I shot at. Grouse in New York have become so few and far its hard to even get a shot if you flush one. They flush far ahead of you and your lucky to get a far away split second look.
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Unread 11-14-2023, 09:39 PM   #2
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James, I'd sure keep that gun if you shoot it that well. Great photo.
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Congrats James. Dandy gun.
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Good shooting and great pic Jim !
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I can still remember great flights in Orange & Rockland Countys and in NE Bergen in NJ back in the early 60's. Those were good days of my childhood with my Dad.
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Bruce, I grew up in Bergen County, started bird hunting in 1972 when I got out of the Air Force. Orange county was loaded with grouse and woodcock. Then they all slowly disappeared as there was an increase in hawks, owls, coyotes, turkeys, fishers.
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Not having any woodcocks out west, are they good eating birds?
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Bruce, I grew up in Bergen County, started bird hunting in 1972 when I got out of the Air Force. Orange county was loaded with grouse and woodcock. Then they all slowly disappeared as there was an increase in hawks, owls, coyotes, turkeys, fishers.
James: Please forgive this long delay in reply.

Where were you from in Bergen Co. ? I grew up in Norwood and then the family moved to Northvale when Meadow Brook Nursery was taken by the county to add 9 more holes to the Rockleigh golf course.
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Larry, some will say yes,some no. I eat all that I shoot , I think they taste ok ,just don't over cook them.I also eat the heart and liver.
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Bruce, I grew up in Dumont , while I was in the Air Force my parents moved to Norwood, I did live in Norwood for a short time after I got out of the Air Force.
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