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Freezing butt off Jan 1 hunt…a successful start to 2022

Forums Hunting Freezing butt off Jan 1 hunt…a successful start to 2022

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    Blackpaw
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    Accuracy: +26

    First I hope everyone had a great and safe NYE and all have a blessed 2022.

    Today was the first clear day we have really had in a while, and I THOUGHT would be a low wind day, WRONG!!!!  However, I knew it was the coldest day for the next week, but no wind would be a blessing so I planned at a hunt at my permissions after I helped my dad out.

    When I left my dad's the "normal" temp was 9 F and with the wind chill it was was -13 F. (-25 C), smart or not I was determined to have a good day at my permission.  Wind 10 ,mph average to 17 mph.  (16 to 25 kph). Fleece lined pants double socks, thermal sole for my manure kicker rubber boots, and as practically bundled as I could be.  Problem with the rubber boots was when I changed into them they were frozen, feet not happy, but work needed to be done.

    Setup for Glimmer: Prophet Performance Compact set at 110ish bar, JSB 177 Hades at 885 fps which amounts to 18ish fpe.  Altitude 4200 ft above sea level.  Estimating shot count total can be 70-80 with current tune.

    I arrived at the small stockyard where I had success two days ago and the pigeons seemed to wise up on me walking around, so they were less apt to stay on the ground for a clean shot.  Also, because of the wind being like a cold knife I decided to do the "drive by" approach and shoot from the warm truck, and this proved successful. I got a total of 4 birds in around 30 minutes average shot in wind 35-40 yards. (yes we have had a lot of snow this past week.)  Also, i will say, I have taken 14 pigeons off the stockyard, so there is a visible drop in the number.

    As I am learning the Prophet I have to say I am impressed with the CZ barrel, and some of the shots I can take especially being in 177, though I know I am really stretching the 177s capability considering the conditions I have been shooting in this week.  The Hades perform very well in the gun.  Today I realized if I dead aim at 30 to 35 yards then I am dead on target for a pigeon sized.  For example, the white pigeon I got was in a pool of blood with a shot through the chest, I went icky because the hades passed clean through.

    After about 40 minutes at the stockyard I went to the main dairy and did the stalk.  Upon arrival I decided to check out the barn, I saw one pigeon at distance of 25 yards.  The sparrows were ver shy, so no luck there and the damn starlings kept inside the paddocks among the cattle, so a no go for me anyways.

    As I walked around the dairy, my pup buddy showed up, the golden lab of the owner, who loves playing in the snow. No idea what the real name of the dog is, I just call him Buddy.  He is pretty well trained too, he grabbed a pigeon from my hand, I told him to drop it, he did and there on he didn't try to grab them.

    I did my circle of the dairy and had some great shots.  The photo of the pigeon was taken at ranged 53 yards, by this time the wind died down to 5 MPH (9 kph) so I had a better chance to be successful on longer shots.  The pigeon was struck by the hades, flew off then tumbled to the ground, dripping blood when I got there.

     

    I took another 50ish yard shot on a pigeon and it tumbled but needed a follow up shot, same with a dove.  Two doves I was not able to recover because they were stock on roofs.  However, before I left I wanted to try out the Mako slugs in Glimmer.  

    First, the Makos have never been used before in Glimmer, my RTI Prophet Compact, no was I really sighted in, yet, I did a chrony number and using the settings for hades, the slug was traveling at 856 fps making 17.1 fpe for a 10.5 grain slug.  The slugs have to be hand/single loaded, the slug's OD is too small for the Prophet's magazine.  I might be one of Orion's slug / single shot loaders, but I will see.  Around when I decided to try out the slugs the collared doves showed back up for afternoon feeding, they wanted their share.  I decided to try my luck, and get a dove.  After 3 attempts I was successful at a shot range of 35 yards, and the performance of the slug was impressive.  The exit showed massive damage, more than the hades, and again in the icky category.  They show promise and more on inbound from the UK to try out.

    The some total of the day was 10 birds recovered, two not, and 3 fly offs, for a total time of 3 hours.  I used approximately 60 bar for 45-50 shots.

    After I finished and packed up I took off my rubber boots and put my cold toes into the frozen hiking boots, LOL out of the frying pan into the fire.

    Then I arrived at my sister's house for a family dinner and here is how the day ended with family and great food.

     

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    L.Leon
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    Good work on the birds and great reporting of your shooting in such conditions. We understand that not all kills are lightning strikes DRT. You’re definitely making a dent. Now you need a low powered mini carbine for the starlings and sparrows in the paddocks. Happy New Year!

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    Blackpaw
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    @l.leon thanks.  I feel fortunate to have a permission so close with such an easy going owner.  I did try to get another one today at a large stockyard, but the manager just didn't seem to connect I was using a lower powered PCP air rifle.  I mentioned where I have been pesting, the name of the dairy and owner by name, but the guy seemed perplexed that the dairyman would like me shoot around his cattle.  I am cautious as hell and don't take shots with the slightest chance of hitting a cow or damaging property.  Also, he was worried about the pellets going into the feed, yes it is lead but trust me a couple 100 lead pellets spread throughout 500-700 cattle, not much impact and that is the IF the pellet goes into the feed then consumed by the cow.  I did the "I understand, thank you for your time, Happy New Year, handshake and went on my way."  I need to ask the owner of my permission to give me some suggestions, though with the nujber of collared doves I saw show up for dinner means I still have lot of work to do, lol.

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    Hoytwon
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    Nice shooting especially 177 good job.

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    Blackpaw
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    @hoytwon, thank you.  Francisco said he is going to ship my 22 cal barrel kit this coming Monday. I am torn about doing a switch over right away once it arrives because of the results I am having.  However, at the same time, having the down range power I am sure would be more effective in the wind.

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    plingpling
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    We Danes was blessed with the warmest new year day in a decade or so ( 10 deg C / 50 deg F ) so the day before i called my M8 and told him that i would bring my Maverick.

    So i got 3 – 4 hours of lead slinging in but my friend could not be bothered on the day, he did some measuring for other projects, and made sure my rather large ice cube in the glass was wet all the time.

    The day after i was notified that the carbon fiber bottle for the "Bastard"  Maverick i ordered had finally arrived on Thursday and would be shipped to me on Monday, so in appreciation for that i fired off a pellet order too just to make sure the box is stuffed. I am glad to get off the ALU bottle and moving forward only having that as a backup. ( THX FX or Gunpit, who ever made it possible to get shooting 6 months after ordering, and subsequent have a spare bottle even if it is ALU )

    Also learned the rather substantial trench we dug ( 3-4 feet deep and +50 foot long ), already have grass in it, so we agreed upon come summer / better weather, we would do a combined explosion / burn of the entire trench, so thats probably going to cost a few gallons of gasoline and some fireworks 🙂 we make sure to get the event saved in glorious HD and slow motion.

    Really we can not have the pond we also made this year have problems overflowing as if it was not able to drain rain would severely mess up the large scale train layout we are also building / enjoying on the field.

    Snow still look good though, so far my town got 3-4 inches in the start of December and it was soon gone, even if Denmark are actually Canada north on the globe, we are small and surrounded by water.

     

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    woogie_man
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    Great shooting man, and a great area to shoot.

    Has been far to cold here to get out, and honestly I don't like the cold all that much 😛

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    Blackpaw
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    Thanks all, I have my doubts for distance with the 177, and I know 50 yards plus with any wind is pushing it, especially with pellets.  When I get more makos I might try them, or some JSB knockouts, I still want to keep it the lower power bad to be safer around the cattle etc, and there are some houses close by plus the I15, and Idaho law forbids shooting across paved roads.

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    PelletPushingPaisano
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    A little to cold for my bones but, great report and shooting!

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    mimibox
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    good!

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    yonyb
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    Hi Blackpaw…..I really enjoyed your write up over coffee and strawberry crepe at the local coffee shop:). I spent high school vacations shooting doves out of mango groves and residences along the Nile (Khartoum,Sudan) with my trusty Bergman R10 and silver bears.  Looks like you found a more effective combo!  
    Living in MI now the snow pics bring it all home.  Thanks for the detail write up!  Enjoyable reading……

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    Blackpaw
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    @plingpling When I lived around Herning in DK I know it can rain a lot there, and I saw and drove in snow there too.  Though the snow in DK has been nothing compared to the last week here in Idaho. I even went a couple times to a gun club in the air as a guest to shoot skeet.

    @yonyb, thanks.  I have a new barrel coming for the Prophet Compact aka Glimmer next week.  I won't immediately switch calibers though because I want to try a few different 177 slugs in the rifle, before I go to 22.  Hopefully too, I will get out early Saturday for a shoot, and possible youtube video stuff.

    @mimibox Thanks

    @pelletpushingpaisano thanks I try my best and I will work on spicing it up some too.  

     

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    ibohunter
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    New here thanks for sharing

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    Blackpaw
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    @ibohunter, you are welcome.

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    Cheplicki
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    looks the same over here its only 9 degrees today lol

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    Blackpaw
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    39 F here right now and raining after about two weeks and 18 inch of snow

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