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  1. I shot a browning humpback for many,many years, first in 12 ga, then in 20 ga. I tried a Citori O/U in 20 ga. and I LOVED the way it threw up, the way it carried and the balance between my hands. I haven't shot an autoloader since. FWIW I am a mediocre shot at best, but I flat out suck when using a SXS. I have tried several and I can't hit squat with them. Yes it is me, but it is what it is. Some years back I bought a CZ O/U in 28 ga. for my grandson, as his first birthday present. It carries, handles and swings even nicer than my Citori. I shoot birds over pointing dogs and that little 28 kills 'em dead when I do my part at those ranges. My grandson will be 10 on his next birhday, so I won't be shooting it much longer. Stocked pheasant with 6's or 7 1/2's, chuckar with 7 1/2's and quail with 8's or 9's and they hit the ground dead pretty much every time if I am on target. I also think CZ is a lot of gun for the money. Their O/U in 28 ga. is pretty sweet. I might just have to get one of my own. RayG
  2. nickmarch - If you are indeed a lawyer, you are a piss poor one. If you read the NJ regs on possession and liberation of wildlife... it is ABUNDANTLY clear that the focus of the statute is to protect the environment from release of unwanted species. There is virtually nothing in the statute regarding release of gamebirds. The fact that one is specifically permitted, under existing regulations, to release legally obtained gamebirds on state WMA's for training purposes, including killing of those birds, under specified circumstance...OBVIATES the ability of an individual to do the same on private land. Further...No CO would waste their time prosecuting a person for releasing legally purchased gamebirds on private land...because it would get thrown out of court... AND the CO would probably get ther A$$ reamed for wasting everyone's time and embarassing the Division. Anyone can be a sh!thouse lawyer and argue that the world is flat. But we all must ultimately live in the real world. Yes... you can buy gamebirds from a properly licensed supplier and with a receipt from that supplier, keep the birds for a reasonable time and release them on Training WMA's any time of the year and other WMA's within the specified timeframe. You can also release those birds on private land where you have permission to do so. NOTHING in the regulations says you cannot...which means YOU CAN. If you get a written statement from the Division of Fish and Game that +ays different...post it here. Otherwise...Get over it. RayG
  3. I don't have a dog in this fight, but, as I understand it, in NJ you do not need a permit of any kind to have birtds for , I think, 48 hours and as far as a permit to release those birds on private land, for training or hunting, I think a conservation officer would not even respond to a complaint of that nature, as they have far more important things to do. I know this...in all the years i lived in NJ, I never had a permit to keep or harbor birds and I never had a permit to release them on private land. I always bought birds from a legal supplier and had a receipt. I think back and a CO came to me at Colliers Mills ONCE...and asked me about the birds I was using to train. I showed him a receipt from the bird supplier that was about week old and he said thank you and left. I had NEVER been asked by anyone when I released birds on private land for training or hunting and that is over a span of about 40 years. I now live in DE and have all the required permits...most of which are free for the asking. I can also shoot training birds 12 months of the year on the WMA's designated as dog training areas and, under permit, can shoot training birds 12 months of the year on private ground. The rules in NJ may have changes since I lived here, but I don't think so. If I had a question, the division folks were generally quite happy to give me an answer over the phone when I called the regional office. RayG
  4. I used to run my dogs down at Colliers Mills for the purpose of conditioning them to the heat AND to get them to come back to me when called, with the reward for coming in being a good squirt of water. Pointers, especially trial bred ones, have a tendency toward independent search. The awareness of the fact that I am the one carrying the water will tend to modify that tendency somewhat. I found that when you am the one who saves them from "dying" of thirst in the field, they tend to want to listen and come back in when you call. You gotta watch them like a hawk though, especially youngsters under two. They put it all out there and have no sense to give them caution. They can run out of gas VERY quickly in the heat and bad things can happen if they do. RayG
  5. Delaware has implemented a funding solution that may be worth investigating. In essence it is a parking permit for WMA's and ( I think) some other state areas. Anyone who buys a hunting license gets a parking permit for free. Anyone else has to buy a permit to park their vehicle on these state facilities. At present, there are very few changed accomodations to horseback riders, bikers walkers, etc. For the most part, the rules concerning use of the WMA's have not changed, at least not that i am aware of. I don't know about NJ, but in DE, use of a motorized off road vehicle is strictly prohibited on WMA's without a handicapped permit. I suspect the same prohibitions exist in NJ, but it is a question of enforcement. RayG
  6. I am sorry guys. This thread got me thinking of my grandfather and the times we went deer hunting together down in south Jersey. I couldn't help chuckling. It went something like this about three different times as I recall: My dad picked up my maternal grandfather, who was in his mid to high eighties, and one of my uncles and we all drove to the diner , had breakfast and then drove on to the hunting area, getting there about a half hour before dawn on opening day. My grandfather would put on his overalls and coat and we headed out to our ground stands to wait. About an hour after dawn, my grandfather would shoot at a deer...and miss.... His eyesight was horrible, but he refused to wear glasses, or even get an eye exam. Bottom line...he couldn't hit the ground with his hat... but he was too darn stubborn to do anything about it. When I got to where he was, I could usually see the deer tracks literally walking right up to him... often within 25 yards or so. As often as not there was the stub of a DeNobili cigar somewhere close to where my grandfather was standing. In case you do not know, those are about the nastiest smelling cigars known to mankind. I was pretty young...under fifteen. And YES, that was a loooong time ago. What I did not realize at first, was that his overalls and coat hung in a stall in his barn 24/7 and they STUNK from cow manure, pig manure, chicken manure, mud and and random assorted barn smells. They could literally stand up all by themselves, they were that nasty. Nobody stayed down wind of him for long. Apparently the deer were curious and felt that he was no threat. When I read or hear about some of the gyrations folks go through to hide their scent...or, worse yet, started thinking seriously about doing some of it myself... I cannot help but remember Grandpa and his nasty smelling coat and it makes me smile. RayG .
  7. Smitty - Many years ago, a fellow had a shorthair that he trained to be dead steady to flush and shot. Since he hunted pheasants in cover...a lot... he also trained the dog to take ONE step towards the bird...on command ...and then lock back up. This was an awesome tactic for the single hunter, allowing the hunter to position themselves for the best possible shot. With two hunters, the bird usually did not have a chance. Inky(the GSP) would take one step at each command. Just one. Heckuva dog...heckuva trainer. I was young and stupid and did not think to ask exactly how he did it. He is long gone now and his knowledge is lost. I think I know a way, but I've never tried it. If you know someone who trials in England or perhaps in Europe, they may know how to train this behavior. RayG
  8. There are three top notch Brittany Clubs in the area. Anthracite Brittany Club Del Val Brittany Club North Jersey Brittany Club The folks who run these clubs are absolutely serious about field performance, as are many of their members. They have some VERY nice dogs, and they are dialed in to just about anybody in the Brittany world in this general area. The Brittany breed and its participants are heavily committed to the dual dog, one which excels in both the field and the show ring. Soooo, the chances of you being able to find just the kind of dog you want for your needs is pretty high, I think. I am quite sure many of them will be able to advise and assist you in finding the kind of Brittany you want. There are a fair number of high quality Brittanys in this area. There is every type of breeding you could possibly want... horseback field trial stock, walking field trial stock, hunt test stock and companion/ hunter. I suggest that you contact one or more of the officers/directors of these clubs. I know a good number of them through participation at field trials and I am sure that many will be quite pleased to advise and assist you in your search. RayG
  9. Both are still true, I think. When Al Gore started trumpeting the global warming thing, I moved to central DE, which is only a few feet above sea level, some years, back. Perhaps I will have beachfront property someday soon. \ OR NOT!! RayG
  10. That may be true, but which of you are volunteering to leave? I darn sure am not. RayG
  11. I don't know if it is too far for you, but the fellow I get my birds from is in Earleville, MD. He makes a nice quail. I beleive he has some at this time, but I'm not sure. PM me if you want particulars. RayG
  12. DO NOT do that. If you go into the woods with a bow and arrows.. you are "technically" hunting. You do not need the grief. RayG
  13. Sounds good to me. I don't know how "key" the job is or will be, but it appears the new appointee has the expertise and willingness to represent the interests of the hunting public in the face of the anti's. Trophy hunting , especially in Africa, is a HUGE economic engine and is one of the activities which meaningfully supports wildlife conservation in many of the sub-Saharn countries. Without trophy hunting's economic stimulus, the wildlife diversity in Africa, and many other areas in the world would be adversely affected. But that ain't the story the liberal media wants the public to hear. RayG
  14. Bones - That is AWESOME. You are so very lucky that your little girl enjoys the dogs and the hunt. Enjoy these times. There are NEVER enough of them. Keep those fires burning in that youngster of yours. They are our future. Thank you for sharing. It brought back some fond memories. RayG
  15. I have seen several very nice foot hunting type bird dogs out of Bo that hunt the country, but also want to stay with you. Have a ball. RayG
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