What can I do with a shooting jacket . . . beside kill things?

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  1. OlSarge

    OlSarge Senior member

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    Well, aI admit my viewpoint is probably skewed by the fact that I live on the West Coast. However, there is a coterie of the well-dressed out here, (Andy Gilchrist among them) who think highly of jackets with action backs. I shall be having one made this autumn out of Casentino cloth, myself, and think that it makes a fine suburban/countryside sort of thing. We don't shoot in them. American bird shooting simply isn't done that well dressed, unfortunately. But for quaffing the occasional pint, cutting into a well-marbled steak, walking the dog or window shopping beach towns in what passes for winter around here, they're unbeatable. Anyone who would look down on so fine a garment is a complete prat so ignore their disdain and march on.
     


  2. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Senior member

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    Agree with the second part Sarge. But as far as functionality involving bird hunting in America, it just isn't. Might get by wearing it in a few open places pheasant hunting in SD-

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    But even there you are often plowing through reeds and cattails taller than your head. Ruff grouse hunting in Mn., Wi, or New England would rip that jacket to pieces in under an hour. But totally agree it would work for many social occasions wonderfully.
     


  3. OlSarge

    OlSarge Senior member

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    And let's not even imagine the effect on so lovely a jacket of a day in the desert after Gambel's quail! Cat's claw, cholla, mesquite . . . it's enough to make a sporting sartorialist sob into this beer.
     


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    Perhaps the OP could use it in adverts for Bernard Matthews turkey products..... Bootiful!!!
     


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    Well you can't remodel it as a suit, so it really is just a shooting jacket.
     


  6. Cold Iron

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    And those jumping cactus! I used to carry a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the needles out, often they ended up in my knee caps which was the most painful.

    Has me thinking about using such a jacket for shooting clays. I remember well that in the early 70's many still shot clays with a suit or sport coat and tie. Now if you showed up at a trap field, skeet or sporting clays wearing such a jacket everyone would think you were a strange duck. Which is very sad. Here is a picture of a trap team in Washington State back in the day. Maybe I should try to start a new "old" trend. And I could even wear saddle shoes like a couple of these gentlemen [​IMG]

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    Fishing and hunting clothes in America are closer in appearance to NASCAR drivers uniforms.

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    You could certainly wear it when in the country.
     


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    Are you in this picture? I agree though. I hunt up in SD around ten times a year, and I have never seen a shooting jacket in the field. (this includes the governors hunt - the one place you might expect it)
     
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  10. Cold Iron

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    Yes that is me with the Toller, closest to the camera. We hunt out of the North Central part of SD up on the ND border. First 2 weeks of November there are 4 of us all retired Navy which rent a farm house. Depending on circumstances a retired Air Force gentleman and a retired LEO (Army, Nam vet) also. We call it the Veterans day hunt. Also hit SD other times of the season depending on the weather. I spend most of October camping and grouse hunting in the Mn. Arrowhead between the North Shore of Lake Superior and the Boundary Water Canoe Area. Here is the Toller after a rare double on ruff last year:

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    Headed to Nebraska for the Flatwater shoot at the end of next month. And another shoot in the Catskills of NY in July. As CRP land decreases I am starting to hunt more in SD, I'm afraid the best of the pheasant hunting days in America are right now.
     


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    How do you like the Toller? How do you use him?
    Very cool breed.

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    Love the breed. My FIL was the rescue coordinator for the NSDTR in the North East before he passed away. So I've been around the breed for ~30 years. This is the first one for me however as I had English Setters in the past. He has strong prey drive and is great on all birds. The retriever part is extremely strong which I want in a hunting dog. They are extremely intelligent which sounds good, however what it really means is he can find ways to get in trouble and keeps me on my toes. If I'm not careful he will end up training me instead of the other way around even at 8 years old. They learn fast and hunt hard. Being a working dog he needs a job and I spend from 5-6 AM every morning throwing a ball for him. I'm starting to look at getting another and got some sticker shock when I did. Once they became AKC recognized the demand increased dramatically and so have the prices. Hard to imagine having another breed after having him though.
     


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    Wow!

    A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever!

    One of my two favorite breeds, the second being Epagneul Bretons [French Brittany Spaniels].

    While I have strong affections for Weimaraners and Chessies, the dogs I grew up with, I tired of the constant need to reinforce their training despite their incredible endurance and performance in the field.

    I much prefer the outcomes one gets from the effort put into training, Brits, and Goldens which are much less stubborn while being just as smart and functional as the dogs of my youth. Do you have a breeder that you would recommend? I recently lost a Golden Retriever that was my heavy lifter for waterfowling and could use a dog or two to take her place in the marsh and the boat.


     


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    I live in NE but I have never hunted anything but deer here. I have always hunted up near Mobridge and some areas north of Pierre (Gettysburg area for one) They said they had a rough year last year due to all the water, but I'm hoping this mild winter is allowing them to bounce back. I'm curious, did you notice low pheasant numbers this year?
     


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