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Finally got out for my opener.

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Hunted for a little over an hour today. Moved 5 birds. Lots of corn up. The farmers are opening fields now so hopefully it'll start coming down.

The dog pointed right on the corner of a corn field in a small patch of grass about the size of a little kiddie swimming pool. It was one of those pretzel points. Body facing one way with the head turned back toward the tail. Out came a little bird but I couldn't tell what it was until it peeped (yes peeped) with the same cadence as a rooster would. Dropped it in some tall grass. After some good searching by the dog and a nice retrieve Team Gspman has it's first bird of the year.

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I had similiar results on Friday afternoon. Moved 3 roosters on the edge of a big corn field. The first bird flushed too far out. The second flushed a few yards further up but unfortunately my O/U barrel selector was stuck in the middle so I could not shoot... My Griff looked at me like what's wrong with you... Pretty funny. A bit later she came on point right at the end of the field in tall grass.. I then flushed a nice big fully mature rooster and harvested the bird with one shot... All in all a really nice afternoon..

Onxe the corn is in it should be much better...

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Way to go man. Isn't it cool to see the dogs in action???

Be prepared for a lot of young roosters. I've been flushing up a few birds I thought were hens, just to realize they were roosters after a few seconds of staring at them.

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I know what you are saying boilerguy. I shot one this morning that let out a tiny little cackle which proved to be his downfall. My brother shot one this afternoon that could be his brother. I've got a good pic of the one I shot. I'll try to get it posted.

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I second guessed yesterday on a couple. Pretty hard to tell and I figure it is early and I can maybe find them again when they sport a little more color!

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Isn't it cool to see the dogs in action???

Be prepared for a lot of young roosters.

Always great to see'em pointing. I'd rather shoot one over a point then 5 any other way.

Young/old... It doesn't matter as long as they're pointed.

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I know what you mean about shooting roosters over a dog on point.I hunt over two choc labs now but used to have a g. shorthair was really fun to see her on point.

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