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    Snipe Hunting

    Most of us remember someone asking us to go snipe hunting and "hold the bag." Well of course it doesn't work that way, and we went away thinking snipe hunting was only a joke. Well, it isn't. In fact, it is a lot of fun. Not long ago, I had the opportunity to go snipe hunting.

    So far, the ground is still not too wet, so rabbits are able to stay in holes in the ground. While rabbit hunting, I noticed a few snipe in the real wet areas. I began pursuing them and had very good luck so I thought I would share the experience.

    Although snipe are not the easiest bird to hit, they are easy to locate. When is the best time of year to hunt snipe, you ask? It is during the months of January and February when most of the other seasons are closed.

    Snipe like wet, fairly open areas such as pasture or areas of open ground in heavy vegetation, including marsh. They like to be able to view their surroundings to avoid predators. Wet, open areas adjacent to a lake, river or marsh with standing water are ideal habitat. From the Tombigbee River bottom to the Mississippi River bottom to the Gulf Coast marsh, much of this type of habitat occurs throughout Mississippi and Alabama.

    Snipe are a lot more available than many think. They are not hard to hunt. Of all the game birds that are flushed (i.e., quail, pheasant, grouse, etc.), snipe are best suited to the hunter without a well-trained bird dog. As a matter of fact, breeds that point (i.e., pointers, setters, etc.) are not desired for hunting snipe since they do not hold well for a dog. Furthermore, they usually will fly out of range when spooked.

    A well trained retriever, which my Mt. Cur is not, can be extremely valuable for retrieving downed birds. The natural camouflage of a snipe allows it to "become invisible" on even a closely cut pasture damaged by the drought of 2006. However, if the hunter will mark the downed bird and walk straight to it and ignore other snipe that are flushing, which is easier said than done, he or she will usually find it. Although it is hard to pass up a potential double or triple, the time gained from marking your bird will pay off in the long run.

    By far, the simplest and most common technique for hunting snipe is for hunters to walk through good habitat until the bird flushes. In the open areas that they prefer, they're not hard to see and hear when they flush.

    If a snipe flushes and flies out of range, watch it carefully and mark the spot where it landed. It will usually be where you spotted it and at times there will be multiple birds at the location.

    In addition to snipe bringing back memories of the "good ole bobwhite days," most folks will find their taste is somewhat similar. Also, there is not much difference between the taste of a dove and a snipe. Anyone with a good dove recipe should have no trouble creating a tasty snipe meal.

    Snipe may not be as common as quail hunting, but they are very much desired by those who have found the challenge of this late season game bird. orchidhunter

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    Wanna know what's even easier to hunt than snipe?

    Trolls.

    Dogs aren't needed to hunt them because they don't blend well with their backgrounds, so are easily picked out. They run poorly.

    Many of them are also fairly unintelligent. Like armadillos, they tend to try to run across highways and get squashed.
    They even jump up when a car runs over them ... er, when they are identified on Internet forums.

    They make clucking sounds, but little of it makes sense even to their own species.

    Most are pathetic, parasitic creatures.

    Plus, they're inedible.

    Just not worthy of a hunt.

    Last edited by Nematocyst; April 25th, 2009 at 05:15 PM. Reason: a slight adjustment of tone in keeping with higher roads
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