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Offline HaMeR

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CZ712 1st blood
« on: November 13, 2011, 10:51:38 AM »
I got up at 5AM. It was 53* here & there was just a slight breeze. I checked the weather & loaded the 712 & the 870 up with the rest of the necessary toys. I drove to the picked bean field & got set up. And right at the legal shooting time things started going downhill in a hurry.   :censored:   The damn winds began to blow.  :censored: Then they began to blow harder. Then the 20MPH gusts started rolling the decoys across the field!!!!! I was severely  :angry:  by 6:45!!!!!!! But since I was there I just went out & picked up the decoys & put them away. The crows started flying right around 7AM & my handcalling wasn't working good enough to bring them by without the dekes. So I hit the FX3 & got them interested. Without dekes they wanted to stay too high for any shots. Around 8:15 or so I finally had a couple come to the call low enough to shoot & promptly missed with all 3 shots.   :stuart:  A little later a single crow came along & fell down. The 712 had finally drawn 1st blood!!!!




I shot quite a few rounds after that & connected solidly on 3 more for a grand total of 4 "good" crows for the AM.   :2up:

RIP Russ,Blaine,& Darrell!!

Glen

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Re: CZ712 1st blood
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011, 11:49:19 AM »
Nice!  You certainly didn't get skunked, so it worked out well in the end.

How do you like the CZ so far?  I've been considering one in 20ga in the next couple years.

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Re: CZ712 1st blood
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011, 01:27:18 PM »
My brother bought his wife one of those a couple months ago and I felt it was very similar to my sister's tri-star (20gauge as well). I was impressed that there was stainless steel inside the action and barrel. We shot 60 rounds or so and didn't have one problem as well. I'm ready to do a good crow hunt myself. Never killed one yet but have tried several times. But like you said, if you don't have a decoy they don't want to come close(I don't have a decoy). I had about 15 circling me the other day when I tried a little calling and I gotta say it did have a creepy feeling to have all those terribly angry birds wanting to "apparently" kill their "buddy" :devil2: calling. :hysterical: ~Andre

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Re: CZ712 1st blood
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2011, 10:20:05 PM »
KC--Yeah getting skunked on a crow hunt stinks.  :yes: So far I really like it. I was able to swing quickly from one bird to the next on the only occasion that was presented today. I got the 24" barrel just for that purpose. I still need to get used to it tho. I'm learning to shoot it under fire you might say.  :devil2:  I wanted a 20ga myself back when I bought the 870 20ga. But I have been extremely happy with the 870 over the years & after close to 5,000 rds thru it on crows,doves,turkeys,clays & a rabbit or 3 I am glad I have it.

DecoyDude-- I await your crow hunting report!! Don't forget your camera & spare batteries.  :2up: I bet that 720 swings like a dream too!!  They are also chrome lined barrels & actions. I don't know what kind of abuse they will take but I'm gonna find out.  The CZ website shows them shooting doves in Argentina for I think 5 days straight all day long with only 3 or 5 shotguns the whole time.

RIP Russ,Blaine,& Darrell!!

Glen

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Re: CZ712 1st blood
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 11:21:48 AM »
I've been watching several hundred crows all week here. Finally got a shot at them this AM. I started out with the handcalls & just got covered up!!!!!!!! There was about 100+ crows circling over top & too high to shoot. Murder one left without incident.

I waited & listened for the next crows which didn't take long. I hit a different more mellow hand call. Covered up with high flyers again!!! Murder 2 on it's merry way without incident!!

Within 10 minutes the 3rd wave came to a different hand call. Another mellow sounding call. Every damn crow showed up again. This time was different tho. A couple actually circled low enough for a 40yd shot.   :duck:  So I took a couple shots & they all flew off unscathed. Oh well. I can smell burnt powder now at least!!  :bigup:

The action changed right after that. The crows would now be coming in groups of 20 or less for the most part. With a lot of 4-5 crow groups. Now we're getting somewhere. I ended up with 12 for the day. The pic shows 10 because there was no way I could get the camera out & turned on before the 2 that hit the river were washed downstream.

RIP Russ,Blaine,& Darrell!!

Glen

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