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  1. Quick question, why does Iowa feel the need to...

    Quick question, why does Iowa feel the need to charge a ridiculous $146 for non-residents to chase roosters? No other state around here charges even remotely that much. And its not like Iowa is...
  2. Thread: 2019 Reports

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    I wish the DNR would delay the opener by a week...

    I wish the DNR would delay the opener by a week or two and then keep the season open longer in January like Iowa does. Hunting in October has really been poor in recent years because there's almost...
  3. Thread: 2019 Reports

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    BirdDoggin brings up a lot of good points. I too...

    BirdDoggin brings up a lot of good points. I too would avoid highly pressured tracts of public land as a priority. I almost exclusively hunt private land now that is untouched (in other words, I'm...
  4. Thread: Proper choke?

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    Remember that not every choke is OK for both lead...

    Remember that not every choke is OK for both lead and steel. Steel is a much harder material than lead and if you use it with a choke that is not designed for it you will damage the choke. My...
  5. Thread: 2019 Reports

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    Season's over officially. I went yesterday with...

    Season's over officially. I went yesterday with my friend Jason for about 3 hours and we got 3 roosters. Again, standing corn was the key. Right in it, or adjacent to it. At the last spot we...
  6. Thread: 2019 Reports

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    Luckily the snow has stopped falling for over a...

    Luckily the snow has stopped falling for over a week now where I hunt. But its still quite deep. I went on Thursday 12/19 for about 2.5 hours and got my three bird limit. I went right to where I...
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    I think this law is mostly intended for deer...

    I think this law is mostly intended for deer hunting. Although it does not specifically indicate what the "wounded game" could be, my general rule is that if its on private land and I do not have...
  8. Thread: 12/7 report

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    I went on 12/13 in Benton County and the snow is...

    I went on 12/13 in Benton County and the snow is VERY deep up there. Its up to my knees in most spots and some drifts are past my waist. I haven't seen this much snow this early in December in 15...
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    The birds I found on Friday 11/29/19 were holding...

    The birds I found on Friday 11/29/19 were holding tight with the fresh snow. It made for a fun hunt. I didn't go on Saturday with the mix of rain, sleet, and snow coming down. I will be going 1-2...
  10. Thread: 2019 Reports

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    I went on Black Friday 11/29/19 and my friend...

    I went on Black Friday 11/29/19 and my friend John and I snagged four roosters at the first spot. Took us about an hour to hunt it. Raised about 20 pheasants total. The snow made hunting a little...
  11. For those of you that curse about hunting...

    For those of you that curse about hunting pressured public land, I would like to offer some advice: get in your truck, drive around, scout for birds/habitat, knock on doors, and ask for permission. ...
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    PeteRevv's advice was solid. I don't know what...

    PeteRevv's advice was solid. I don't know what kind of ammo you're using but one thing I've found that greatly improves my success is the velocity of the shot. High speed ammo gets there quicker...
  13. Thread: 2019 Reports

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    The hunting will improve as the season goes on. ...

    The hunting will improve as the season goes on. Not much corn harvested yet - they're still working on beans. Last year I harvested 29 roosters between Thanksgiving and New Years and the population...
  14. I'm one of those guys that won't do it. First, I...

    I'm one of those guys that won't do it. First, I deer hunt and the season is only 9 days. So given the choice between bird hunting or deer hunting in this case, I choose deer hunting. I can bird...
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    I haven't hunted before noon in over a decade. ...

    I haven't hunted before noon in over a decade. Most of the time I start around noon or 1 and go until sunset, if necessary. But I also hunt private land so its not like I'm trying to beat anyone to...
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    I think ya'll will be pleasantly surprised in...

    I think ya'll will be pleasantly surprised in about a month or longer at how many birds there are. The crop harvest is really really behind according to the USDA report. I'm guessing Thanksgiving...
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    Its gotta be so wet out there right now. And at...

    Its gotta be so wet out there right now. And at this rate, its gonna be until December before the crops are harvested.
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    I've hunted over some poorly trained dogs and I...

    I've hunted over some poorly trained dogs and I can say for a fact that in those cases I would have much rather hunted without a dog. A bad one can ruin a hunt quickly.

    For years I hunted without...
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    "Hopefully those are more than just one man...

    "Hopefully those are more than just one man numbers...."

    Yes, I hunt with one other hunter or by myself. About half and half.
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    Now that the season is over, I am wondering how...

    Now that the season is over, I am wondering how everyone did overall. 2014 was the low point for me the past decade and it has gotten better every season since then. I went 9 times this season and...
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    I plan to go on the last day (Jan 1). The...

    I plan to go on the last day (Jan 1). The forecast is projected to be single digits and sunny, but minimal wind. I can tolerate that as long as the wind isn't blowing too much. And frankly, I...
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    Some areas I hunt STILL have corn. I have still...

    Some areas I hunt STILL have corn. I have still been hunting with great success though. They can hear me coming now because the snow is crunchy and loud, which isn't helping.
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    I generally don't start hunting until after deer...

    I generally don't start hunting until after deer season is over and most of the crops are out...so I went out twice in the past 10 days and it was excellent both times. I hunt east-central MN on...
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    35% of the corn has been harvested and 67% of the...

    35% of the corn has been harvested and 67% of the beans are out, as of last Wednesday per the Star Tribune.
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    Per the Star Tribune on Wednesday, only 15% of...

    Per the Star Tribune on Wednesday, only 15% of the corn has been harvested statewide and only 37% of the beans have been taken out. And with the wet weather this week, you know they weren't doing...
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