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    Teal hunting for the unitiated

    Nebraska's teal season is entering its last week, so I figured I should share some info on what it's like to chase these tiny ducks with those who have never done it.

    Yes, it's wet.

    Yes, you have to get up very early.

    Yes, you have to haul in gear.

    But, the upside is that you get to wingshoot one of the fastest and shiftiest birds there is. Teal are a blast to hunt because they decoy readily and will often make streaking low-passes over the spread before they commit, offering split-second shot opportunities for those who can make them.

    The past two weeks were stellar, with fast limits achieved on every outing.

    The beauty of teal: they float!



    The 2-man bag



    This last hunt was particularly fun, as I got my teal limit and then shot a limit of snipe. I ended up getting checked by a game warded on the way out of the mudflat. He said I was the first person he's ever checked for snipe and took my picture with my birds to add to his daily log.



    The game warden even took a selfie with me. He was a super nice, but very thorough guy - exactly what you want in this profession. After he saw that my license, bag limits, steel ammo, and plug were all in check, he even marked up my public land map to help me find some sharptail grouse and prairie chicken hunting spots a little way north of this teal hole. Very cool of him:



    Here are a couple of videos from the past two weeks. Both hunts resulted in limits for me and a buddy.

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    You'll notice that the first bird I shot in this second video was a wee bit too close...yeah. Let's not do that again. At least I didn't have to gut it.



    When it all comes together in a good area, you can be limited out in 20 - 60 minutes and hunt something else (snipe is a favorite, as it inhabits the same general area as teal) or you can head home and go to breakfast with the family, watch football, etc. If you've never done it, find someone who has the gear, get some waders and get to it.
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    You gotta give them MORE than three steps, three steps, Mister. Else you'll cut em half.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    Nebraska's teal season is entering its last week, so I figured I should share some info on what it's like to chase these tiny ducks with those who have never done it.

    Yes, it's wet.

    Yes, you have to get up very early.

    Yes, you have to haul in gear.

    But, the upside is that you get to wingshoot one of the fastest and shiftiest birds there is. Teal are a blast to hunt because they decoy readily and will often make streaking low-passes over the spread before they commit, offering split-second shot opportunities for those who can make them.

    The past two weeks were stellar, with fast limits achieved on every outing.

    The beauty of teal: they float!



    The 2-man bag



    This last hunt was particularly fun, as I got my teal limit and then shot a limit of snipe. I ended up getting checked by a game warded on the way out of the mudflat. He said I was the first person he's ever checked for snipe and took my picture with my birds to add to his daily log.



    The game warden even took a selfie with me. He was a super nice, but very thorough guy - exactly what you want in this profession. After he saw the my license, bag limits, steel ammo, and plug were all in check, he even marked up my public land map to help me find some sharptail grouse and prairie chicken hunting spots a little way north of this teal hole. Very cool of him:



    Here are a couple of videos from the past two weeks. Both hunts resulted in limits for me and a buddy.

    Six, how are the snipe to eat and how do you cook em? I've heard they're excellent. But I suspect that's up in fresh water areas with lots of grain. I can't imagine a swamp bird down here being edible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    You gotta give them MORE than three steps, three steps, Mister. Else you'll cut em half.
    Yeah. Once a season, I make a rookie move like shooting a bird too close. This was my checkbox for the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snake284 View Post
    Six, how are the snipe to eat and how do you cook em? I've heard they're excellent. But I suspect that's up in fresh water areas with lots of grain. I can't imagine a swamp bird down here being edible.
    Gonna find out. The breasts are about the size of a dove's, so I chilled my last batch and will combine them with these for a reasonable-sized meal. Rumor I've heard is that ordinary steak rub works awesome and that's what I plan to do.
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    Re: Teal hunting for the unitiated

    Good shooting, Colonel! I haven't hunted teal since I was a kid in the Texas panhandle, and I guarantee I never did as well as you did. Same is true of snipes/woodcock. We have a few in East Texas, but I haven't seen one in a long while.

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    That second picture is the coolest one I've ever seen you post.

    Well done!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bisley View Post
    Good shooting, Colonel! I haven't hunted teal since I was a kid in the Texas panhandle, and I guarantee I never did as well as you did. Same is true of snipes/woodcock. We have a few in East Texas, but I haven't seen one in a long while.
    It's too much fun. You need to give it another go. If you ever want to get into them THICK come up here one season and I'll show you a bloodbath. Snipe will be readily accessible in the same area.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    That second picture is the coolest one I've ever seen you post.

    Well done!!!!
    Thanks a lot! Props to my buddy for snapping it as I asked. We had a split thunderstorm surrou ding us, which made for cool lighting that early in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    Thanks a lot! Props to my buddy for snapping it as I asked. We had a split thunderstorm surrou ding us, which made for cool lighting that early in the morning.
    It is your new contact info photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    It is your new contact info photo.
    Sweet! That's awesome and good call. I may have to update a few of my own with it (Gmail, etc.)
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    It is your new contact info photo.
    Not NEARLY as good as YOUR contact photo.
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    NSFW?
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    NSFW?
    Don't know about that, but it IS nuts.
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    What fun! Despite their size, they still sound like an F-16 when they buzz ya! We don't have a teal season here, but have shot dozens early in duck season. Good job!
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    Hey, might want to delete some PM's.....my latest one got rejected?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Six-Gun View Post
    Gonna find out. The breasts are about the size of a dove's, so I chilled my last batch and will combine them with these for a reasonable-sized meal. Rumor I've heard is that ordinary steak rub works awesome and that's what I plan to do.
    Totally awesome Bro, I want to hunt with you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellcat View Post
    What fun! Despite their size, they still sound like an F-16 when they buzz ya! We don't have a teal season here, but have shot dozens early in duck season. Good job!
    You need to get down here for one of the upcoming seasons. We have literally yet to NOT limit out on a morning hunt down here. Any by "limit out", I mean well before 9AM. It ain't hard living, that's for sure.

    Oh, and PM space has been cleared. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Quote Originally Posted by snake284 View Post
    Totally awesome Bro, I want to hunt with you!!!
    Ya know, I DO have a $250 Delta Airlines voucher that needs to be used up before November. We may have to talk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snake284 View Post
    Six, how are the snipe to eat and how do you cook em? I've heard they're excellent. But I suspect that's up in fresh water areas with lots of grain. I can't imagine a swamp bird down here being edible.
    FYI - I got the snipe cooked up tonight with some barbecue rub. Not bad at all! They are more "meaty" than "birdy" in flavor, which is pretty neat. I won't be turning them away from the table any time soon.
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