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#1 Chip Shot

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 08:09 AM

Decided to go to Nevada to give swan hunting another try. Went three times before and didn't score. Got to Fallon Nevada and went to Stillwater NWR. Got set up and about 15 minutes later a group of swans were flying by. We managed to pull one swan out of the group- he locked up and came right in to our dekes and got a face full of 3 1/2 inch BB's and went down like a rock. Man those birds are huge. I tagged that bird and went out again the next day to try for another. Unfortunately no swans were flying but had three redheads come in and I shot one. Turned out he was banded and when I got home I entered the info online and it said it was banded in Aug. 2001 in Colorado! What a great bonus and an awesome trip

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 08:26 AM

Wow, that is one big bird....have seen many in flight, but never seen any up close like that....impressive.

Does something like that go on the wall? Need a big space for sure.

Congrats on achieving your goal.....sounds like you paid your dues.


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Posted 19 November 2010 - 09:07 AM

QUOTE (Cazador Suerte @ Nov 19 2010, 08:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow, that is one big bird....have seen many in flight, but never seen any up close like that....impressive.

Does something like that go on the wall? Need a big space for sure.

Congrats on achieving your goal.....sounds like you paid your dues.



I'm gonna have it made into a standing mount- too big to hang in my house

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 09:17 AM


That's Awesome, good job!

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 09:38 AM

Huge frickin bird and beautiful to boot, Thats gonna make a great mount! Congrats on connecting!

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:00 AM

Dude, Chip Shot you are like a band magnet... great job on the band and the Huuuuuge bird!
KILL THAT BIRD!!

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:11 AM

I have definitely been lucky so far this year- got a banded mallard a couple of weeks ago and now a banded redhead. It's probably gonna be 10 years before the next one, but happy to have got these two. The redhead was probably over ten years old!

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:12 PM

That is one cool picture of you holding that swan in the frozen ground with setting sun....looks great!
"They said you was hung?"..... And they was right!

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:46 PM

Thanks Catch- however, the ground is not frozen- it's salt.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 01:56 PM

What's a Swan like to eat. Pretty much like a goose?

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:00 PM

Don't know what they taste like- this was my first and he is at the taxidermist right now. I heard they are good.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:07 PM

So when they are taxied you loose the meat?

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:09 PM

Too cool! Congrats!!!!!!

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:22 PM

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So when they are taxied you loose the meat?

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No you can still have the meat if you make the arrangements with the taxi.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 03:23 PM

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Very Nice on the swan they are some big suckers + a banded RH smiley_10sign.gif

I got a swan in MT. a few years back some Georgia boys who were upland hunting deep fried it came out good.

Had swan tag soup this year.




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