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Old 02-09-2017, 05:22 AM   #1
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tower shoots, semis and prairie storm - oh my

Thought I'd relate an experience I had a couple weeks ago.
Been a pheasant hunter from the Midwest since I was 12. Now at 61, I have used high brass 4 and 5s for late season pheasants for many years.

At a tower shoot (my first ever) they toss 300 hens in the air (they fly better than old fat roosters) and 22 people at locations around a circle (think numbers on a clock face) shoot at them as they fly over. You move stations every 20 min or so. One bird, a black rooster, the money bird worth 420 dollars is tossed sometime during the shoot.

I did not know which gun to use, lots of dressed up people in tweed use doubles. Being from WI and used to hunting in blue jeans for meat, I picked a Benelli Montefeltro with the plug out. I used a modified chock,. To open, no. I used Prairie Storm shells (#6) 2/3/4 inch and they recommend IC or mod. Turns out I shot some 19 birds with about 14 one shot kills. One at 65+ yards which turned out to be the money bird. I have never seen a shotgun shell kill pheasants at distance like these shells did. People around me and my partner were also amazed. I am a good shot, but the PS shells make me seem great cause they don't just hit the bird, they knock them from the sky. The penetration and impact on viscera is amazing. Yes if you shoot at them when they are too close you'll pay the price - but that is not what they are designed for. Over dogs you would only load a PS for the last shot or two depending on how the birds are holding.

Don't know if it is the pellets or shell cup which associates with the pellets longer for better patterns down range. 70% of the pellets are copper coated lead and 30% are lead that looks like the planet Saturn: rings around the equator.

I know you can knock down pheasants with Federal high brass or Fiochi golden pheasant. Nothing hits as hard as PS which lists 1500 fps for velocity.

Try em.......................
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Old 02-09-2017, 07:45 AM   #2
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It will be Turkey season in May sounds like they would work well for that.

Where did they have that shoot? Surprised there weren't protests from the Maggie crowd.
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Old 02-09-2017, 09:06 AM   #3
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The shoot was in Hillsboro, NH. A great couple have taken over an old failing game club, call Wilderness. Its new name is New England Upland.

Nice club house with bar. Scott is a great cook and a 5 or so course meals comes with the tower. Shoot. You can also clean up missed birds and other residual birds on the property. This is both Sat. and Sun for tower shooters.

No Maggie people, must have followed her to DC.

There were dogs and their handlers from the local Ducks Unlimited. Great retrieving and much fun for the dogs. One, Chessie in particular, Mouch got lots of work.


The next shoots are on the 18th of Feb. and March.

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Congratulations on an excellent day, and profitable too!
Enjoyed learning about the shells you used even though I have never been pheasant hunting. I understand they are very tasty birds. The closest thing to a pheasant around these parts would be an anhinga that eats fish out of my pond.
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I lived in Hillsboro and went to school there in the 8th grade. Imagine it has changed some in 55 years.

Sounds like a fun time and they are trying hard to promote the club. I probably would have used my O/U because that is what I shoot he best.

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