A few snipe with the sxs.

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Feltwad

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When snipe were plenty full here in my locality of the UK the common snipe and the smaller jack snipe were good sporting shots . Their main habitat were the wet ground with large area of rush beds I used to walk them up with a good hunting dog , then I favoured the curly coat retriever . To obtain a reasonable bag the weather had to be right a overcast day with no wind was the best worst was a windy day they would flush well out of range .Most birds were flushed single but some times in pairs and it was best to shoot them before they broke into the zigzag flight they were a difficult bird noted for their speed Sadly these rush fields are no more modern agriculture has ploughed them out on the hill ground that was too steep for tractor plough the opencast coal mines have took away all the habitat
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Nice shooting Tx!!!!! We don't have snipe around these parts. I'm curious as to how they taste?
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I am awfully envious of that, they're protected in my part of the world and I've always want to hunt one.
 

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Nice shooting Tx!!!!! We don't have snipe around these parts. I'm curious as to how they taste?
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Here it always depend on where they are feeding just the same has woodcock and golden plover Their meat is dark and very gamey and stronger if feeding on sewerage ground. The only complain that I had was for the dressing of them although only small the small feathers for me was a problem some scold them with hot water to remove the feathers and also you needed at least 3 on your plate for a meal
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Wow, Snipe REALLY do exist...As a Teen We'd invite the girls out to go "Snipe hunting" which consisted of a few cool beverages and a Tow sack.. You found the darkest spot to park, got out of the truck, got the bag, and had her hold it open while you called "here snipe, here snipe"..after a bit you retreated to the comfort of the truck where you had long and passionate discourse about the phases of the moon....or something like that.
 

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that is a very hard target to hit on the wing. sorta like shooting HUMMINING BIRDS. never shot one any meat on one of them? also are they called WILSON SNIPE? I believe that is what they ae called in the NORTH EAST.
 
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Eterry, when I was in a dark spot with a girl the last thing I wanted to do was hunt the snipe if you know what I mean.
 

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I used to love hunting woodcock with my percussion SXS, my English Pointer on the other hand, after retrieving he wanted to go now, didn't like me fiddling around loading but he seemed to know it was best to wait for slow poke. Great going.
 

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I haven't seen a woodcock in over 5 years. I used to flush one or 2 every 2nd or 3rd hunt but no more. They must have gone the way of the quail.
I don't see nearly as many as I used to but still a few around. Pretty soon there wont be any woods for them, just parking lots and yards.
 
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I haven't seen a woodcock in over 5 years. I used to flush one or 2 every 2nd or 3rd hunt but no more. They must have gone the way of the quail.
Woodcock are specialists, and so are very particular about their habitat. Ground that attracts them for a few years at some point won't anymore unless properly managed to keep the little birds coming back.
 

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