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Snipe hunt in sherburne

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Me and 2 buddies knocked down 18 snipe this morning in sherburne. There a blast to shoot! anybody know why one was such a light color? out of all of the snipe ive shot ive never seen one like that.
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it is NOT a snipe...
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then what is it??? it have every other characteristic of a snipe just a little lighter in color.
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   pecka
Kinda looks like a shore bird to me.
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   Charley
I don't think it is a Snipe, it looks like one of those shore birds that fly like snipe and are the same size as snipe. I see them all the time while duck hunting. Look close at the bill, the shape is a little narrower than the snipes.
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It's hard to say for sure without seeing all of the plumage, but I say a Dowitcher or a Stilt.

I had an excellent snipe hunt last weekend on public land. We try to do a few every year at this time.
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   Charley
It has just been so windy and seems like the birds just jump to seen when it is windy.
Those guys sure make you a good shot though!!
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   Guy L
I haven't shot a whole lot of them, but the group shot look like snipe to me. The one on the left in the pair shot looks to be a different species. Post the pics here so these guys can see them and you'll get more opinions.
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someone said its a first year hatchling???
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   BUDFISH
Did it taste like a snipe?
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havent ate it.
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   BLKSHEEP
I'm not sure what the light colored 1 is but the rest are Woodcocks, a snipe is a sub species of Woodcock,I "think" what we are hunting here are Woodcock? Anyone know more about this??
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   Charley
The light was is up in the air but the rest are not Woodcocks. I've shot a ton of snipe and those are all snipe. Woodcocks are bigger and fatter, the snipe are slimmer more like a shore bird and they make a distinct screeching call when they flush, no mistaking them. As for the whole subspieces that could be true I don't know, but they are 2 totally different birds where they live and everything.
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the rest are definently snipe... the other one looks like some dove/snipe mut. you can see the whole body in this video...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W562xQVvzcU
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   pecka
Im 99% sure that the odd one is a shore bird. No hybrid, young snipe or snipe in molt. Check out the link and look at picture 47. Many shore birds look just like snipe. Ive had to double take a few times with these birds. If it would have been a single bird I might have shot. The ones I see fly in tight patterns that gives their identity away.

http://www.all-creatures.org/aw/shorebird.html
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   smasher
how were you hunting for those snipes?
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