As you guys know I have taken a ton of photos over the years and some really stand out among all the rest. Here are some of them, they span over 30 years.
i think this is the best photo and it tells it all!!
Bob says "Big thumbs up for the 6's"
Bob wrote:10 gauge,Thats something how you moved my head from one photo to another; plus having my thumb going up, hey since my thumb is inverted how come the 6's didn't become 9's? Just having a little fun with you is all. Bob A.
10 gauge,Thats something how you moved my head from one photo to another; plus having my thumb going up, hey since my thumb is inverted how come the 6's didn't become 9's? Just having a little fun with you is all. Bob A.
....and whats wrong with 9 shot on crows?
Here are some more of "the best of the best"Bob A.
M12Shooter wrote:....and whats wrong with 9 shot on crows? Ted
Nothing, works great, if you like limiting your shots and having more hit that fly off.
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I found a few more really good photos for you guys.Bob A.
Here are some more that capture the feeling of being out there.Bob A.
nhcrowshooter wrote:M12Shooter wrote:....and whats wrong with 9 shot on crows? Ted Nothing, works great, if you like limiting your shots and having more hit that fly off.
NHCS, you are absolutely right! Nothing on this world works great all the time or for everyone...except maybe cold beer on a hot day. But, for myself seeing as I shoot about 90 percent of my crows in the 30-40 yard range... or closer, shot up heads, beaks, busted wings, shattered legs all speak volumes for small shot, proper gun mount, shooting technique and good pointing.
Ted & NG,There are 386 in the photo but 506 were shot the day before, the yotes ate over a hundred of them just over night. I went back the next day to setup the photo with good lighting. All were shot with a 20 gauge and a 7/8th ounce load of # 8's. Bob A.
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Here are a few photos of a 585 bird shoot; it would have been over 600 very easily if I were not taking action photos that afternoon.Bob A.
You know your picture is on a wall in every Crow Post Office!!!
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Lone Star Phil wrote:Bob:You know your picture is on a wall in every Crow Post Office!!!
...and plenty of crows on the back of milk containers!
I love the pic with the guy holding the crow with a huge hole right through the goodies! priceless. I have a pic somewhere of a wood duck that I shot and the top of its head is gone, its just got a beak lower jaw and neck. Funny how when you shoot one like that people quit talkin smack about your shooting. We give each other a pretty hard way in the blind most of the time.
A SUPER 90 and a crow in range, life is good. A good sandwich and bag of M&Ms doesnt hurt either.
Bob, appears I would have gotten along with your friend Boyd as well, that is with shotgun choice anyway. I still shoot the lions share of my crows and other winged game with M12's. I often shoot doubles as well, or almost as well as those sporting autos. A lot has to do with choosing which bird to nail first. I call it "reading the flock". Further, IMO the only place a quality pumpgun such as the smooth cycling M12's are lacking is when hunting in windy conditions. After the first shot crows open their wings and they're gone. With an auto a good shot can often double under these conditions.
In the late 70s here soemthingc hanegd dramatically. While up here we do not have naything like your area naturally but there was soem hot shooting to be had but oddly the crow sstopped using their old flyway answitched to the eastern part of the state which wa svery odd but tehreason they were in the western part was because we used to have dumps ....when they folded into 'recycling cneters' it killed this area along with all the then pheasant hunters now showing up...and asking stupid questiosn while incoming crows hung out there a quarter mile or so...or simply bypassing the area altogether. too much of that and the crows moved out much like your Ft Cobb area only no where near the numbers of course you are used to seeing (when Ft Cobb was hot).....
The crows used to roost at a place they were most unwelcomed indeed....during this time period. Now their winter roost is about 45 minutes north of that area where the people don't mind having their neighborhood covered in that black and white goo...of a neighboring state...then the flights were breath taking for someone like me at the time when i was a lousier shot too. Oddly there is plenty of feed for their migration even when they return after winter is over. Well the goose hunters are there and the duck hunters so there are guns going off often enough and the presence of hunters I had to figure encouraged them not to hang around at all.
Back then you could hunt one field one day and in the same general area a different field the next and any place with open land had corn on it. It was incredible. For this area at the time there were crows everywhere. The local flock for this region was about 350 birds and at times much much more-maybe double that-which is of course far too little compared to what you know. Anyways the migration shifted to the eastern portion of this state explaining why the shooting is just no good anymore where I am.
So what do you think made the Ft.Cobb area change?
i am guessing whatever did it to Ft,Cobb also happened here. this was before the phony origin of the virus called "West nile virus' which originated here in America notably plum Island,NYS..NOT Africa! I don't think the virus devastated the crow population as much as it about wiped out the blue jay up here along with a good many songbirds and waterfowl..just don't see the ducks like we used to.
Additional note: The crows here move just enough to find a plentiful food source just an hour or two away further south in a neighboring state. and don't come down from Manitoba and the northern states of your area meaning they don't travel thousands of miles...maybe not but i never shot any banded birds so...
Are they still dynomiting the roosts in kansas and elsewhere?
Could the formerly incredible roosts that formerly haunted specific areas in Kansas and Oklahoma be wintering back in Canada?!
Gadget Bob,Here is a photo that you & Matt have not seen from your visit.Bob A.
Killed this poor fellow this morning along with 44 of his buddies..Talk about some nasty looking talons... Any idea what this is? Anyone seen this before?
I am ceratinly not an expert, but the area of the US where he was shot doesn't get that cold...The places on his talons look as though he had some type of growths.. My buddy said he had been shot in the past and he probably had lead in his talons.. Maybe some #8 shot that didn't have enought energy to kill him, only to damage his talons??
This picture was taken just after he was killed this morning.. I had him sitting on my thigh..
Bob wrote:Hey Ted,I was just at the post office yesterday shipping out some crow wings to a fella and the gal behind the counter says to me, "this box stinks, it smells like something is dead" I told her I got the box out of a trash hopper, that satisfied her curiousity. LOL. Bob A.
Hey Ted,I was just at the post office yesterday shipping out some crow wings to a fella and the gal behind the counter says to me, "this box stinks, it smells like something is dead" I told her I got the box out of a trash hopper, that satisfied her curiousity. LOL. Bob A.
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Just how I like them "low and slow"