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Old 02-09-2017, 08:58 PM
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Pheasants were imported for game birds in the 1800s. Chukkars, Huns and others came later.

Federal regulations are for federally controlled migratory birds OR on federally controlled lands. I know Dakota pheasant hunters that pay extra for a Model 12 because it holds seven and the entire magazine can be emptied with one hand without looking in case the game warden is stopping you to check for loaded guns. Such hunters are MUCH more common than many people want to imagine.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:37 PM
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What Jack said.

I can hunt non-migratory game in Texas with more than three shells (not that I ever really need to), such as turkey and quail. And I think there are some pheasant in the Texas panhandle. Those species don't fall under federal law for migratory game birds.

Waterfowl and doves are migratory and federal law trumps state law. 3 shells max.

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Old 02-10-2017, 04:05 AM
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Model 12

Any gun CAPABLE of holding more than 3 rounds (and not plugged) would be an illegal hunting implement, no? LESS of a crime than actually having more than 3 loaded, maybe. Depending on the warden, that unplugged model 12 might get you a fine whether it's loaded with more than 3 or not?
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Old 02-10-2017, 05:25 AM
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One of those towers was erected near where I live several years ago. For the longest time I pondered its purpose. About 100 feet high, painted barn red with big "window" cut-outs, out in a big field with a circle of round hay bales. First I thought it might be for some kind of fireman training, then maybe some sort of "adventure camp" zip-line or some such.

Finally in a conversation with a friend, I was informed of the thing called a "tower shoot". I thought he was pulling my leg at first, but he said he'd been to one himself. Huh. I never would have imagined. It's legal. If it floats your boat, go for it I guess.
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Old 02-10-2017, 05:52 AM
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Right Jack Woodcock are migratory and can't be hunted with unplugged shotgun, legally.
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:08 AM
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An alternative.

Instead of shooting pheasants from a tower, use chickens, and chuck them into a deep fryer.
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Old 02-10-2017, 06:39 AM
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Pheasants are just chickens, and they do freeze well. Since they are pen raised, they have nice firm meat. I'm marinating 2 for dinner tonight.

Also like the live bird pigeon shoots. But the green weenies have outlawed them in some states because the pigeon is a dove, the symbol of peace! go figure that.
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Old 02-10-2017, 04:42 PM
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It has been that way for 75 or more years-3 shot lomit for migratory game birds.

I dont know about Canada geese since now many dont migrate except from city park to golf course and back.
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Old 02-13-2017, 09:17 AM
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Unless you eat free range chickens, they don't have any taste hence chuck them in the deep fryer. Compared to chicken, I'll take pheasant anytime.

Tough to have a tower shoot chickens as the birds are intended to fly over guns at 50 yards and 35+ miles/hour - chickens don't fly.

Interesting to me how a report on how well some new shell work turned into biases about words, lack of understanding of the published game law and well established customs of wing shooting driven pheasants.

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Old 02-13-2017, 10:35 AM
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Smile Chickens don't fly!

Many people believe, TURKEYS DON'T EITHER.
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:34 AM
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Sheepherder, not really surprising...this is the internet, no knowledge needed here.

After reading your post and cleaning more tower shot birds, I went to Bass Pro. I was surprised to see Federal Prairie Storm shells (#6) 2/3/4 inch shells at a reasonable price.

So I got two boxes to try next time for a tower shoot, maybe last week of this month. Sort of fascinated by the Saturn shot shape. Thinking that the copper clad alone would be a harder shot than lead, and maybe the Saurn shape cuts thru feathers better...will try. thanks for the info.
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