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A gift for me....
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Cindi    Posted 08-18-2003 at 03:39:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a man who hunts with my husband, he's probably in his late fifties, married with a family, owns his own business. He's been out to the house a few times to hunt dove and hogs. Usually shows up on a Sunday morning and stays for bacon and sausage and bisquits and gravy after.

Last time he showed up, Fred was out back in the woods so I got the 12 ga so that the guy could shoot it to signal Fred to come up to the house. I didn't even know what shells went in the thing. I brought him a handful and he picked out the one he needed.

While we were waiting for Fred we were talking about guns and shooting and I mentioned that I love my .410. I don't hunt, but I have shot skeet with it and what's good about it is I'm not afraid of it, It has very little recoil and I'm comfortable with it so I hit what I'm shooting at. Hope that makes sense.

Anyway, this man was at the hunt club for opening weekend. At some point over the weekend he came walking into the living room with a double barrel .410 he'd bought new about forty years ago. He handed it to Fred and said, 'I want you to give this to your wife'. That's it. That's all he said. 'I want her to have it'.

One of the other guys jokingly said...'hey, my wife likes guns too!' He just laughed and said nothing.

Fred handed it to me after he got done unloading and told me the story.

"Why me? Why would he give me a gun?"

"I don't know. He just said it was for you."

"What do I say to him?"

"Just thank him next time you talk to him."

Then he teased me a little about having something going with the guy. He was just joking but I could tell he wasn't clear on the whole deal and I couldn't help him because I had no idea what prompted the gift.

I guess today I'll call him and thank him. I am excited about this gun. I suddenly have an urge to go out and try to get me some doves! I feel obligated to use it, so there may be some hunting in my very near future.

So I could use some tips on dove hunting if anyone has any.

Darryl - MO    Posted 08-18-2003 at 15:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Cindi,

Congratulations on your gift! It sounds like this gentleman is just that.... a gentleman. Perhaps his gift to you was to say 'thanks' for your hospitality, perhaps he has no appreciative heir to leave it to, who knows? Just for curiosity's sake, take a look at the gun. What brand, model? .410 doubles are sometimes fairly valuable, depending on who the maker is. If yours says L.C. Smith, Parker, etc. on it treat it VERY gently. ;^)


Cindi    Posted 08-19-2003 at 04:29:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's a JC Higgins, 101.7 made for Sears back in the sixties. 26" barrel, with dual triggers and auto safety. It's in excellent condition and I have seen similar guns for sale at around the five hundred dollar mark. Not REAL valuable, but nothing you would want to throw in the boot closet either.

STEVEN H    Posted 08-18-2003 at 12:22:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
GLad to her that you are thinking abought takeing up the hunting sports. i have enjoyed most any day i get out hunting and heve yet to been let down by comeing home with nothing but a pocket of shells. in are family we have had every generation of wiman as hunters here. but that might also be because it was neacary to. now i have three female cuz's that think it is sick to hunt. where did we go wrong there? oh well enjoy that great gift and may you have many great memories with it.

Ladyhawk    Posted 08-18-2003 at 09:47:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have many doves on our property. We have some friends that camp out here every season. The first thing they said to me was Patients and a cold drink. They acutually sit in chairs out in the field near the ditch and oaks and shoot. There dogs retrieve them.

Cindi    Posted 08-18-2003 at 13:11:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Neat! Now we need another dog. My dove dog! Awwww!

Maggie/TX***Hey Cindi!    Posted 08-18-2003 at 06:58:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
The dove and dumplings sounds good, but the best thing I have ever eaten in my life is dove breast, grilled on the bbq with a big jalapeno pepper in the middle and bacon wrapped around it, secured with a toothpick. It's got filet mignon beat 6 ways to Sunday!

bill b va    Posted 08-18-2003 at 13:21:04       [Reply]  [No Email]

i've had to eat crow a coupe of times . didn't like it .

Cindi    Posted 08-18-2003 at 08:49:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mmmmm...I'll have to remember that. But let me just quote what I was told by a hunter regarding dove hunting...cracked me up....

"Dove hunting = hitting a twisting, dodging, falling tennis ball the color of mud. You need an anti-aircraft gun and lots of flack shells to get them down.

I reckon I may be in over my head. Lol!

Jimbob    Posted 08-18-2003 at 06:04:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gifts are nice. Some people like to pay their way. The mans pride came thru with all those wonderful breakfasts. Have fun Cindi.

ret    Posted 08-18-2003 at 05:54:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
O boy, now we are going to hear some horror stories from Cindi. Imagine her loose with a shotgun, scares me and I am in Va. Doves, can't imagine shooting and eating them, but can't imagine eating a crawdad either.This is from one that has ate a lot of different things too.Just my thoughts

Cindi    Posted 08-18-2003 at 06:04:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah I never could do the crawdad thing either. From scurrying around in the bottom of a muddy creek to my mouth? Nu uh.

Now dove to me is just a small chicken. Boil 'em up till the meat comes off the bone and put in some dumplin's. Yeah boy. Takes a bunch of them to feed my group, but if they're there for the taking, why not?

Stretch    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:00:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
The #1 tip on dove hunting-buy LOTS of shells.

Les    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:16:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doves??? You mean those pin-headed pigeons?

Cindi    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:29:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les, we turned our goats out into the grove and we feed them out there every afternoon, ground corn and nutrient mix. Some of the doves out there benefit from the leftovers and are so fat they can barely fly, and yes they are like the campbells soup, mmm..mmm...good.

Stretch    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:26:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Call 'em what you want, they sure are tasty.

Then again, I've eat pigeon before too.

Cindi    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:07:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found the dates for dove for Florida...

First Phase - October 5-28
Second Phase - November 16-December 1
Third Phase - December 14 - January 12
Shooting Hours: First Phase - 12 Noon to sunset Second & Third phases - One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 12/24 (including no more than 4/8 white-winged doves)

Does this mean that you can take asmany as 24 but no more than 12 white-winged doves?

Stretch    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:13:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
It means you can shoot 12 total for the day, no more than 4 of which can be white-wings. Never understood that posession thing.

Oh, and congrats on the gift. I think that's great. Sounds like a big thank you for all the meals and such.

C Kulig    Posted 08-18-2003 at 05:21:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
From what I understand possesion is how many you can have in your freezer. It keeps people from going out and shooting the limit day after day and filling the freezer. Gotta eat 'em before you shoot more.

~Lenore    Posted 08-18-2003 at 07:17:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can they enter your house and count things in your freezer?
Surely not! That is a joke, right??

I love chicken & dumplings, squirel & dumplings, rabbit & dumplings; so I am sure dove or quail & dumplings would be great too. It's the dumplings, homemade Yum.

YEP!!!    Posted 08-18-2003 at 10:23:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They sure can and do!!!! normally only to the notorious poachers. However, "possesion limit" has stung many a fisherman and small game hunter who was stopped at a game check station, after several days in the field. Too many fish, rabbit or bird will definately make for a bad day.

Although I enjoy hunting and fishing, I do not enjoy being stopped by a game agent, you never know what obscure fine print you may have overlooked in the NEW edition of the hunting/fishing pamphlet.

Doves taste good, and whoever said they was like shooting a (^&#!%^(() tennis ball, was talking about the really slow stupid doves. The smart one live past the opening weekend, they're the hard ones to hit.


Cindi    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:27:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well whatever the reason I am touched and grateful. I need to take it to the skeet range and test it out I guess before I try hunting with it. I'm really excited. Dove and dumplings. Pan fried dove. Yummy.

LH    Posted 08-18-2003 at 04:55:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now your makin me awful hungry

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