Flintlock 2, Jess 1!

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    Britsmoothy

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    Had a great evening sneaking up on rabbits with my .63" flintlock. I got two rabbits for four shots. I used 80grn of black and about 1&1/8oz of #6&#5 mixed shot. I tuned the lock years ago and it still surprises me how quick it is!

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    On the way back I let the hound loose as night loomed.

    She half heartedly chased one of those large rabbit things which i don't think is a bad thing as it keeps them alert and you never know when (and they do here) poachers might turn up!

    As I watched the huge moon rise the micro lurcher runs into a few oaks and comes out coursing a rabbit! This is rare for her but she was all over it right in front of me. She whined in frustration as it kept turning but I could see she was getting closer with every turn!

    On the last turn the rabbit bolted in a straight line and from nowhere this little lazy mard arsed dog put a spurt on for once and over run the rabbit!

    Sometimes I wonder why I bother with her and then she does something.....although rare....that makes me grin!

    Little cow.....;)

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    Waidmannsheil, Jess!!!!

    That’s great!!!!! Congrats to you both!!!
     
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    Jess reminds me so much a little terrier mix I had some 40 years ago. We named him "CAN" cause he had been dumped in my trash can with a broken leg and left to die. We fixed him up with duct tape and popsicle sticks. He was the best field companion I ever had. He lived up to his breed for sure. He was a terror in the brush and would not hesitate to jump on anything he flushed out.

    Congrats on a great evening. Those are the kind that makes no bother if you score or not, the outing is reward enough in itself.
     
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    Nice going! You have big rabbits compared where I live!
     
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    Enjoyed as usual sir
     
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    Meat dog Supreme!!! Love it!
     
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    I would love to have a dog like Jess. I 've had 1(one) dog that was not gun shy. With the one's we have now we are guaranteed to never be attacked by a truck or motorcycle. If someone in the neighborhood decides to target practice they are under the bed or in the bathroom.
     
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    I think my dog has gone deaf, about ten years old. Nice dog and rabbits Britsmoothy!
     
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    Jess was petrified at first with me and a gun.
    I went back to a quiet airgun on short walks until she got use to it. When she realized the noisy thing ( no not me) made squirrels fall from trees the deal was sealed.
     
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    He will absolutely kill chickens. I dont allow him to roam at large. Found that out when visiting a friend who insisted we allow him to raom the fenced yard, it was all i could do to pry his tiny jaws off. I think he has some Jack Russel blood. Would of made a good hunting dog, with proper training.

    It's funny, anytime we go out the door (when he is on his cable run) he instantly chases lizards, life his life purpose. IMG_20191015_020848.jpg I make and use bullwhips. He is not at all afraid of the noise
     
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    I often wonder that is it the bang or crack or is it a high pitched whistle noise or hiss they can hear!
     
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    That's the whip's cracker breaking the sound barrier, a small sonic boom. Hard to believe the tip is moving at slower bullet speeds, but it is.
     
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    I know, that's the point, the sonic crack of a whip does not scare your dog but with a gun we can hear a whistle or buzzing from the ejecta.....it may sound quite scary to dogs, not necessarily the bang is the culprit.
     
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    My dog has heard lots of booms, over the years. Used to use flash powder in an empty cartridge (in a serious containment vessel) for salutes on holidays :)
    Not the smartest thing I have ever done, but here I am, fingers and all.

    I do see your point, there.
     
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    Good lookin' bunnies!
    My dog sits and watches me target shoot. No worries. Gets bored after a while and lays down.
    Cant take him hunting, though. He will take off and put setter miles between me and him. That would get us both in trouble up here for sure.
     
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    Atta girl Jess!
    I once went pheasant hunting with a new-to-us German Shorthair that my dad got from someone that was moving and couldn't take him. Rommel was his name. My cousin and I knew next to nothing about hunting with a dog, we must've been around 14 years old or so, so we just stomped around hoping us or the dog would flush one. At one point I realized I couldn't see the dog and called for him, he didn't come. I backtracked and found the dog "locked up" on a spot. When I approached a hen flushed (not legal here). That's when I realized I should pay closer attention to the dog. A bit later Rommel went into a thick group of thorn trees and shortly after that we heard a rooster cackle and out it came. Because of the thorn brush it couldn't gain elevation until it cleared, but right as it cleared 'ole Rommel jumped and grabbed it right out of the air! We enjoyed coming back from a hunt and being able to show a rooster for our efforts without firing a shot.
     
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    Rommel sounds like he was awesome.
    Dogs are awesome. Thanks for the story.

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