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Hi again boys,

Last week select elements of the TCP had the honor of joining Skip Woody on a crow hunt in the Midwest.  Between the three of us we traveled in excess of 7200 miles via car and air to make this hunt a reality.  As it turned out, Matt took one shot at a pair of crows at almost 500 yards and the result was a miss short last Tuesday.  That was the only opportunity to engage crows on the 3 days “in theater“ with the Field Marshal.

Now it turns out Skip’s low yield crow hunt offered additional targets in the form of prairie dogs a plenty!  It was revealed once underway that Skip has a “particular set of skills” like Liam Neeson’s character in “Taken”, in additional to his legendary run and gun crow hunting ability.  Over the past ten years our TCP “Hero of the Crow Struggle” has covertly developed a mobile PD assault technique that resulted in the best varmint hunting that Texas Matt and I have ever experienced in our lives.

Skip’s mounted precision rifle fire with his .17 Fireball, .223 Remington, .20 Tactical and .20 VarTarg custom bolt guns was most impressive while Texas Matt acquitted himself with his .223 Savage earning him “Rookie of the Year” honors on well placed shots out to 300 or so yards.  Me.  My performance toggled between woefully inept and painfully incompetent, but my fun meter was pegged throughout the hunt.  Skip did consistently fight the “power of the steering wheel” to set me up for short range shots in my wheelhouse and I appreciate his thoughtfulness.  It certainly offset his crippling criticism of my shooting skills and equipment, but I was inured to that based on two prior crow hunting trips with the Skipper.  His constant refrain was “Joy or No Joy” indicating success or lack thereof on our PD targets.  Mucho joy was felt by the TCPer's present, indeed.

Another particular skill that I knew Skip processed was the ability to capture action photos of bullet impacts as well as any professional photographer.  He does not use video or a burst camera mode, but rather a well timed “snap” with his digital SLR and stabilized, telephoto lens.  The results are awesome, as you can see below.

If any of you are fortunate to get an invitation to hunt with Skip, I would suggest you reply in the affirmative since it appears to this reporter, based on personal experience, you will be in for a great time and a lifetime of fond memories!

Flying PD 1

On site with Skip and Matt

Flying PD 2



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Great report Gadget Bob and a big thanks again to Skip and his well refined combat photo skills. A quick and final end to those dogs as depicted by the photos you have provided is most important as often they do charge when woundedbiggrin

 

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-- Edited by M12Shooter on Tuesday 14th of August 2012 05:41:53 PM

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Nice story and pics!

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Hi Ted and Justin,

It should be noted that 1007 PD's charges were stopped cold by the 3 of us over 3 days.

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Gadget Bob wrote:

Hi Ted and Justin,

It should be noted that 1007 PD's charges were stopped cold by the 3 of us over 3 days.

Take care,


 

Did you add an extra 0 in there by accident?  Just kiddin, but those really are impressive numbers. Nice work!



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Hi Justin,

If I wasn't such a knucklehead, there might have been another "0" at the end!

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Nice action shots GB & Texas Matt. I'm sure you had fun with Skip. Hey, how hot or cold was it in SD when you hunted? SD can get pretty damn hot in july & august.

Skip & I hunted together many years ago and my truck quit on me. So Skip stayed with the pickup and I took a nice two mile hike to the nearest farm house. This was in the dark with the yotes howling all around me that evening.

That was a nice report of your hunt.

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Spectacular pics!

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man, that first picture was impeccably timed! Pretty awesome

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Great report!

Sounds like you had some good shooting but I'll bet the number of laughs outnumbered the kills.

Thanks for sharing.

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Big Honkers: You are very observant!!  smile

 

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smile Guys: Bob's colorful "reporting" of last weeks "crow hunt" and subsequent prairie dog massacre was typical Bob and his creative writing skills which I suspect are always enjoyed by CB members! Fact is.. if anyone gets invited by BOB and the TCP...  be sure to do the necessary to go. The event will be both educational and full of humor..  not a bad combo! Secondly, Bob's self-evaluation ( woefully inept & painfully incompetent ) must be addressed for the record.


Gunner Bob occupied the back rear waist gunner position to great effect. His Les Baer .223 "rattled" all the time taking out dogs at ranges that would make any shooter proud. This is true. In the heat of action it is also true, he sometimes had a hard time of "turning it off"blocking Texas Matt and my view with flying .223 brass! No problem!! This was not an ammo conservation hunt! Texas Matt fired the most number of rounds ( slightly less than 800 ) in the 3 days and is a fine spotter and marksman.

While we did not dispatch any crows, two were fired upon at ranges approaching the Soviet Space Station with "no joy". As for the "dogs" as Bob would say.. many of them got a house call from Dr. Vmax.... stat! It was, by any measure, a fine expedition/experience with fellow CrowBuster members and an honor to have been one of them.

Skip



-- Edited by Skip on Saturday 18th of August 2012 05:02:11 PM



-- Edited by Skip on Monday 27th of August 2012 01:18:25 PM

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Skip:

A fine appending to the TCP reports!   I've expereinced Both Gadget Bob and Texas Matt on tens of hours of mobile hunts, day and night, and will candidly aver they are both safe, effective and fine riflemen (and noted pistoleros) against all varmints at any range!  They are pretty good on scatter guns too but they use those new-fangled gas autos and so should be relegated to the 'cheater' class,



-- Edited by Lone Star Phil on Saturday 18th of August 2012 03:29:00 AM

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Hi guys,

Thanks for the nice comments.  One thing I have not been able to figure out was why Skip kept referring to me as Art Arfons or Craig Breedlove when I was driving his SUV on the way up.  Very confusing...

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Simple: Because you were wearing a helmet with MACH 1...  written on the side!



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Yep, its official. I'm jealous.

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Here are a few more pics from the trip.  



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Great pictures... and clearly, two properly equipped sinnister assissins! Big smiles= big TBC.

 

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Hi again guys,

Hunting with Skip is very educational, too, in addition to being very productive.  For example, he expanded Texas Matt and my volcabulary with a new word - defilade - to properly describe his clever usage of the topography such as rises, depressions and terraces to hide our firing position from prying prairie dog eyes.  The cagey Field Marshal is certainly a master of the defilade maneuver!   He used a similar sounding word, but I suspect to have an entirely different meaning, to describe my ability to quickly find PD's in  my high magnification Leupolds!

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New TCP hats? I like'em.

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Hi Jason,

Yes...  Special issue by Field Marshal von Woody for special ops...  They are his personal new design and really look sharp.

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ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PETA people are projectile vomiting!!!!!!!!!!!biggrinbiggrinbiggrin



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