Pennsylvania Game News - September 2015 - 34

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Triple Play

RARE PLAY in baseball, I wonder if a triple play is even a more elusive
feat in the wingshooting world. Many upland bird hunters covet a double,
especially on ruffed grouse, but a triple is a whole other "ball game."
I love dove hunting, almost as much as deer hunting. I love the weather in late
September (plus I was born in September), and if some of the crops are down
by then, the hunting can be spectacular. Dove hunting is relaxing. Just sit back,
well-concealed, of course, and let the game come to you.
Many years ago, when I lived in Washington County, near the Westmoreland
County line, in southwestern Pennsylvania, I was lucky enough to experience
some of the best dove hunting I've ever had.
I can't remember how I even found out about the place. I think someone who
hunted it let it slip out in casual conversation, and I was all ears. It wasn't even
until late in the season that first year when I visited the place. Boy, was I glad I did.
It was a stone quarry that was actively being worked, but the workers quit at
5 p.m. I got permission to hunt, and bagged some birds the few times I hunted it
that first year, but it wasn't until the following year that I began hunting it every
chance I got.
For the next two years, I hunted that stone quarry a lot, taking limits, 12 birds
back then, on the opening days and several times after the opener each year.
The birds loved picking up grit and there were always several puddles of water
in various spots that attracted them. Surrounding the quarry were fields of corn,
sunflowers and pastures.
Back in those days, because I shot competition skeet, I used a 12-gauge
Remington 1100 semi-auto "skeet model" with a 26-inch barrel and skeet choke.
I didn't take shots past 30 yards or so, but boy, could I shoot with that gun, and
the three shells it could handle came in handy, at least once.
It was the second year I hunted the stone quarry on the dove-season opener
when I achieved my triple play.
It seemed at the quarry, more often than not, the doves would fly in groups
of five or six birds rather than a single here and there like they do at the places
I hunt nowadays.
One such group came winging in right at me. I dropped the lead bird 30 yards
out, got a second as it flared and veered right, and dropped the third dove when
it was directly overhead. I had to duck out of the way of the third dove that was
dead in the air before the first dove hit the ground.
I never duplicated that feat; probably never will, but I remember it like it was
yesterday.

Bob D'Angelo

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