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Varmints (including badgers) cause a lot of damage, spread disease and bring an imbalance to the ecosystem...that's why most states encourage hunters to shoot them on site.
I recently had raccoons burrow into my roof trying to make a nest. If I wasn't within city limits, I'd shoot a raccoon on site just to protect my property. Varmints do even more damage to crops and livestock herds.
So you shot a Badger that you "think" may have rabbies, however you are touching said badger around the mouth area? You do realize that is how Rabbies are contracted right? If you just wanted to shoot a badger for a pelt just say it. Don't use a wildlife disease that can kill you withing two weeks as your excuse.
He shouldn't be using an open choke pheasant hunting. Modified or full is better, unless he is a shitty shot, and plans on winging a lot of birds. And yes I am a hunter, but he should have just admitted he wanted to take a badger.
This...and this... http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/licenses/general/default.aspx
Sorry if some of your sensibilities were butthurt. The damn thing was less then 20 yds. from me. It needed to die. As the OP I enjoyed reading the 4 pages of comments both good and bad. I was told by my brother-in-law who traps animals that the fur was worth 60-80 dollars. I really wanted no part of the animal and would have completely left it alone if it had not kept approaching me. Farmers in SD would generally appreciate dispatching all raccoons, skunks, porcupines (not many there), and coyote found while on farm property. We do what we can to enable us to enjoy the spectacular bounty of bird hunting in SD. It was the first badger that I had ever seen in the wild and I had no compunction under those circumstances of killing that animal. The fact that it was so close to the dispatching of Badgers by our Spartans was ironic and I was pleased to share that irony with you all.
What's wrong with an open choke? Especially for pheasants. They'll wait until your standing on them to jump sometimes. Open is fine for a 10-20 yard shot.
I have brought pheasants down at over 50 yds with the open choke on a 12 gauge. You do need good dogs on the retrieve and we have lots of them. We had one of our best hunts ever in SD last week. We saw thousands of birds, took our legal limit, and had great fun with old friends. Go Green!
Lately they seem to run more and flush wild. So the Modified or full gives me a longer range. But it is all personal preference. Like the op says a good bird dog will help on winged birds.
Of course this is when Michigan had a decent amount of pheasants. I need to make a trip to South Dakota, I love Pheasant hunting and miss it in Michigan. Even if I go and see a couple I feel bad shooting them because the population is so low.
It is always a thrill to see hundreds of pheasants in the air, even when you only need one to fill a bag limit. It was unbelievable this fall in SD. Better put the trip in your bucket list. All of the crops are out this year and the pheasants have concentrated. It was the second week so the birds were spooked. It will be even better when the snow falls.
I no longer pheasant hunt in MI. I do like grouse hunting but haven't done much of it as that season also falls in MSU football season.
this wasn't hunting....this was shooting a harmless animal for fun. And then posing for a picture next to it's bloody carcass. nothing "sporting" about it - nor is their any benefit to it other than demented cheap thrills for the sicko who gets off on it.
When I was a young kid we had a English Setter that was great on pheasants, she was trained on the put and take birds. As I got older and the pheasant population has gone to almost nothing, I have a beagle for small game. I want another bird dog, but like you, I won't pheasant hunt in Michigan anymore, and I wouldn't be able to grouse hunt enough to keep a good dog trained. With my beagle I can run him anywhere and keep him trained and in shape, plus I love to hear him howl on a scent.
But yes SD pheasant hunt is on my Bucket List. I had a spot up in St. John area when I was at MSU that was actually great. I would walk the drainage ditch by myself and get two roosters, the one time we had a dog out there we got to the end of the ditch we had about 25 birds up, but we couldn't shoot because of the hens getting up as well. The only time I have ever witnessed it.
DMB, you really need to get to South Dakota. Been there at least a dozen times. Funny story, we were hunting some land late in the year where there were lots of birds but they were definitely wiley due to hunting pressure and seemed to always take off out of range. We went into town at lunch and stopped at the hardware store in Winner, SD. Came out with 1-3/4 ounce copper coated #5s. In the afternoon it was game, set match. That type of shell should be illegal. Not due to the killing capacity but to protect the hunter from the fucking kick of the gun!
This post was edited by jjspartan 17 months ago
Is it State Land? Or do Farmers just let you hunt? Trust me every year I want to go, next year I am planning on making a hunting trip, either to Iowa or Wyoming for Deer or South Dakota for Pheasants. Need someone with a good bird dog to go Pheasant hunting with though. But it would be cheaper then the Deer Trip. Plus I enjoy small game a lot more then deer hunting because I can actually walk around. I get bored sitting in a tree stand for hours at a time.
All my officiating money is going into a a pot to pay for next years trip, so I should have a few grand. Maybe I can do both while I am out there.
I just want to know how they taste. This thread has a lot of shit in it but no mention of how they taste
They go excellent with cheese curds.
Pheasant are awesome! Badgers probably not so much, carnivores/scavengers usually taste horrible. Hunted/trapped for the pelt.
Unbelievable I went through FOUR pages of this tripe.
Only comment missing was "how would you feel if the badger shot YOU ?"
Come on, how the fuck is a badger ever going to hold a gun? We're not even that stupid.
more excercise would do you some good....
more walking..less pizza
My condolences to OP for starting a thread meant to jack up the Spartan populace against a hated enemy, and watching it turn into a tRCMB exercise on ethics.
Oh, what a world.
Thank you, Denicos.
this thread is what makes this place so great.
Shut up and go cry to PETA, pussy.
Bump...see page one
This post was edited by Mighty Loadking 15 months ago
Read this whole thread and was shocked that no one even thought to bring up the very real possibility that the badger faked the whole thing. OP, think carefully, did the badger dramatically roll over dead BEFORE the shot?
Don't post poop!
Yep. OP is a POS. I come from a family full of hunters. True outdoorsmen respect nature.
I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
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