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Went out yesterday for the opener to an area not far from town. Walked my behind off until about 2:00 and finally found a few birds. The shotgun is my late father's Iver Johnson single shot that I had the choke reamed out to light modified. I snagged some old Federal paper factory loads 1 1/8 oz. #6's last year at a local pawn shop, which I felt was fitting for the age of the shotgun.
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That's a beautiful gun, I love the combo with the old shells as well.

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That's a nice old gun for sure. And nothing quite matches the smell of a fired paper hull!

I still have my dad's IJ 20 gauge - first shotgun I ever hunted with, and the only one he ever owned.
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Sounds like a great day for you and your Dad's memories. He would be proud, I'm sure.

Used to hunt Beaver Rim for Sage Hens. Just me and my old Retreiver. Drove a bit and walked a bit. Usually found them crossing the two track trails while driving. Also used to go up above Lander to Worthen Meadows after work looking for Blue Grouse. Lots of other places in the area. Hope you have time to go and enjoy before Elk Season starts.

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Sounds like a great day for you and your Dad's memories. He would be proud, I'm sure.

Used to hunt Beaver Rim for Sage Hens. Just me and my old Retreiver. Drove a bit and walked a bit. Usually found them crossing the two track trails while driving. Also used to go up above Lander to Worthen Meadows after work looking for Blue Grouse. Lots of other places in the area. Hope you have time to go and enjoy before Elk Season starts.

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Coincidentally, that's where I found these birds. Probably not as many birds now as when you were here (when was that, BTW?). I hunt blues near Worthen Meadows, but I don't hunt elk anymore. Both my daughters are adults and gone and the wife doesn't eat red meat, so I'm happy hunting birds and deer and antelope. Have two antelope licenses this years, so if I do my part that should be enough meat for me for the year. In addition, the elk hunting is not like it use to be. I may be stepping on someone's toes here, but the increased use of ATV's over the past 30 years has ruined the elk hunting for me. Plus, many hunters from around the state are hunting around here rather than near Yellowstone and GTNP as we haven't many grizzlies...yet. It's kind of a circus IMO.

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Coincidentally, that's where I found these birds. Probably not as many birds now as when you were here (when was that, BTW?). I hunt blues near Worthen Meadows, but I don't hunt elk anymore. Both my daughters are adults and gone and the wife doesn't eat red meat, so I'm happy hunting birds and deer and antelope. Have two antelope licenses this years, so if I do my part that should be enough meat for me for the year. In addition, the elk hunting is not like it use to be. I may be stepping on someone's toes here, but the increased use of ATV's over the past 30 years has ruined the elk hunting for me. Plus, many hunters from around the state are hunting around here rather than near Yellowstone and GTNP as we haven't many grizzlies...yet. It's kind of a circus IMO.
I left in the 90's. There was talk of putting the sage grouse on the endangered species list recently. I'm sure there aren't as many now as then. I still come back when I can draw a license but that's not every year. I remember my last year hunting as a resident. It's a real privilege to be able to buy your license over the counter for a reasonable cost.

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