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Offline Henrydog

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Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« on: December 29, 2016, 10:20:34 AM »
I have a pair of snowshoes, my bird spot has drifts and it just about killed me walking last week.  Have anyone every chased birds in snowshoes?  Or if the snow is that deep do I say the heck with it and wait a week for the Spokeman shoot to start for my shotgun fix?

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2016, 10:22:12 AM »
With a camera....

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 11:01:06 PM »
Head more towards the center of the state where there's less snow.  :dunno:

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2016, 11:06:56 PM »
I went out this week for the first time with my snowshoes. There was about a foot of powder snow and my Tubbs shoes that are pretty lightweight worked well without poles. Terrain was moderate and the sketchiest part was going down steeper sections

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2016, 05:40:37 AM »
Thanks guys I might give it one last trip.  I never heard of anyone doing it, so I was not sure if it was one of my crazy ideas that get me in trouble or not

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2016, 08:29:56 AM »
Sounds like a good idea to me.
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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2016, 08:32:22 AM »
Sounds like fun and a fun way to target bunnies.

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2016, 12:13:07 PM »
Hunted birds this past week in northern Minnesota in about a foot and a half of snow. All I could think about was about how much easier it could've been with some snowshoes. I'd say give it a shot, what's the harm

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2016, 12:29:19 PM »
I've never seen an upland bird with snowshoes. I guarantee that were I to see one, I would chase it.
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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2016, 12:52:04 PM »
I was waiting for that.  My money was on @DOUBLELUNG

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2016, 01:38:44 PM »
Yeah I used the MSR lightning ascents just yesterday going across giant cut cornfields and chukar hunting the last couple days.  They work good.  I also have crampons in my pack for steep rocky stuff.

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Re: Anyone chase upland bird with snowshoes?
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2017, 05:05:34 PM »
I've never seen an upland bird with snowshoes. I guarantee that were I to see one, I would chase it.
While I love a good grammar joke, one of the really cool things about the grouse subfamily (of the pheasant family) is that they DO grow snowshoes each fall and shed them in the spring.  The scales on their toes grow lateral projections seasonally that allow them to run on top of snow when other gamebirds sink. 
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.