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  1. TMAC Limit in SD is 3 roosters per day, possession limit of 15. Birds flush like grasshoppers up there. Hope you can give it a try some day. Worth it, I think, if you're a pheasant hunting afficionado. These birds DO NOT behave like pay-to-hunt birds. Tim
  2. Tucker, Sent you a PM. The photos were taken with my cell phone, so they're not great. Tim
  3. This hunt was awesome. The weather cooperated. Cold, but no wind, which is remarkable for late December in South Dakota. Enough of the birds were holding tight that we had no trouble limiting out. Friday, in 2 hours, Saturday took a little longer…6 hours, and Sunday I hunted from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 and limited out again (SD limit is 3 roosters.) My German Shorthaired, Katie, had numerous awesome points. Usually, they were hens, but two were on roosters and I closed the deal both times. Just wish she'd retrieve, but I guess I never spent enough time with her on that (she'll r
  4. The standard Condor does not have a barrel selector. It always shoots bottom barrel first, which, honestly, is not that big a deal. For trap singles, load one shell in the bottom barrel. For trap doubles, skeet, or sporting clays where two shots are required, load both barrels, and just pull the trigger twice like a semi-auto. Make sure you release finger pressure off the trigger in between shots. Good luck. Tim
  5. Released birds in a game farm, 7-1/2's work OK. Wild birds, I use 4, 5, or 6 shot. Late season, I use 4 or 5 shot.
  6. Haven't looked lately. I bought a case of Remington Game Loads (1 oz. of #6 shot at 1200 fps) about 3 years ago, and haven't bought anything since. I'm about the only guy I know who shoots 16 gauge.
  7. Hey, I have an Ithaca 37 in 16 gauge too. 1952 model, fixed modified choke, no rib. Love that gun, though honestly, my Stoeger Condor fits me a little better. I had trouble with Fiocchi shells in my Ithaca 37. When I pumped it, two shells would come out of the magazine tube, jamming things up. Works fine with Remington Game Loads, though. Quail decline, quite honestly, is usually due to loss of, or lack of, suitable habitat. Good habitat (right kind of foliage, etc.) allows them to elude both airborne and ground predators. Of course, development kills habitat. Tim
  8. Daily limit in Kansas is 4 roosters. I also hunt Nebraska and South Dakota. Daily limits in both are 3 roosters. Made pheasant tortilla soup last Sunday. YUM! Even my wife liked it! Here in Kansas we also have a pretty fair population of bobwhite quail. Way fun to hunt too. Love it when my shorthair goes on point on a covey, then they bust and it scares you to death even though you knew it was coming! We also have prairie chicken, or so I'm told. I've never seen one, though. Fiocchi makes a nice pheasant shell too. I use my own reloads. 1-1/4 ounces of 5
  9. Chad, No doubt those Remington shells work fine, but its been my experience that it has more to do with the nut behind the trigger putting birds "feet up," as you say, than the brand of shells you use. If you're killing pheasants, you're doing most of the work. The shells are just helping. If you're hitting the birds in the lips, so to speak, you'll kill them. Damn, I love pheasant hunting. Wish I could afford to do it more. Tim
  10. Been out twice in the past month myself. Western Kansas near Ness City on the weekend of the 16/17/18 November. Hunted Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday morning. Waaaay too hot to be pheasant hunting. Way too hot to be mid-November. But between 7 of us, we bagged 15 roosters. I had 2 solo kills plus at least 3 where I "contributed." Went out yesterday near Atchison KS, on State land that requires a drawing to hunt. Bagged one rooster, plus two bobwhite quail, one male, one female. Good hunting, and waaaay better than being in an office at work, that's for sure. I use
  11. Novaking, Agreed. Carlsons is one of my favorites. They put tubes in my Zoli sporting clays gun. Excellent work, and less costly (and faster turn-around) than Briley. Tim
  12. Lisa, There are a large number of choke thread types, including those on guns that come from the factory, and those that are designed by aftermarket companies, such as Briley, Trulock, etc. Briley is probably the biggest name in choke tubes, and they are probably the brand you have seen with color coding, specifically their "Spectrum" brand. The reason color coding hasn't caught on is that it's kind of specific to Briley (though there may be others who color code.) Plus, there are so many types of choke threads. Remington RemChoke, Browning Invector, Browning Invector
  13. There's a "flawed theory" in trap shooting that a more open choke will get you a few targets you otherwise would have missed with a tight choke. Again, I say, this is a flawed theory. Patterns thrown by more open chokes aren't really that much bigger than patterns thrown by tight chokes. They just have more pellets out at the "fringe" of the pattern, which means fewer pellets in the middle of the pattern. When you shoot trap, your goal is to break targets where the middle of your pattern hits the target, not just "somewhere" in your pattern. Most of the very best trap shoote
  14. Deciding on chokes is a funny thing and not as easy as just deciding which one you want to use, or which one other folks suggest. A modified choke from Browning won't throw the same pattern as a modified choke from Beretta, which won't throw the same pattern as a modified choke from Briley. The "BEST" thing to do is to take a bunch of 48" x 48" pieces of paper out to a range and pattern your chokes with the target loads you want to use, at a distance of about 35 or 40 yards. I would start with modified, improved modified, and full. I would not recommend anything more open tha
  15. CanadianTrap, Ken, in a roundabout way, brings up a good point. Regardless of which gun you choose, you will shoot the best with a gun that fits, and shoots where you're looking. Gun fit is extremely important to good scores.
  16. CanadianTrap, Depends on how "deep" you want to get into the sport. I am "involved" but not "committed" to the game. I shoot maybe a couple thousand registered targets each summer. Frank Hoppe, legendary trap shooter from Nebraska described the difference between involved and committed as looking at a breakfast of eggs and bacon. The chicken was "involved" in preparing breakfast, but the pig was totally "committed" to the breakfast. I'm Class A/25/B which means my 16 yard singles average is about 95%, I shoot handicap from the 25 yard line, and my doubles average, which I seldom
  17. Alex, Save up for a Browning Citori, XT, or a Beretta 682. Used guns are a great bargain, so don't narrow your focus to new guns only. You will not regret it. If you want to make a step up from your pump gun before you have enough money for a good quality O/U, you might consider a Beretta 391 autoloader or a Remington 1100 autoloader. Both are commonly used in competiton, and are excellent guns. I shot a lot of competitive trap with an 1100 before moving on to an O/U. Good luck with your shooting! Tim
  18. Depends on how "into" you plan to get into sporting clays. If you'll just dabble and do it once in a while for fun, the Condor will be fine, though a Remington 1100 might be a better choice. If you plan to get into the game, and shoot registered NSCA events, I would strongly recommend a higher quality gun. Maybe a used Browning Citori. Tim
  19. A youth 1100 or 1187 with light loads will kick so softly he won't be able to tell it's kicking.
  20. I've been using this method for years. Very handy. In fact, you don't "need" to use a scissors to cut along each side of the backbone. If all you have is a knife, just score the meat on either side of the backbone with the knife, and pull. Works almost as well. Tim
  21. I guess my opinion on this is different, but it depends on how "into" trap shooting you are, or want to be. If you shoot trap for fun, like in a weekly league, and not for registered competition, then shoot what you like. Your Nova will work fine, though I doubt you'll be able to find an aftermarket trap barrel for it as there is no market for such a barrel. Nobody who shoots trap competitively uses a Benelli Nova, or anything made by Benelli for that matter. They're not made for trap. They're made for hunting. If you are looking to get serious into competitive trap shooting, the
  22. Not trying to be a jerk here, but why on earth would you want a ported trap barrel (or a non-ported trap barrel for that matter) for a Benelli Nova? The Nova is not a trap gun.
  23. I agree with what the others have said. You may find your best bet is to go to the club and tell them you're brand new to shotgun sports, need some help getting started, and you'll be amazed at how many people will offer to help.
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