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  1. Thread: 2017 conditions

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    Sorry I haven't gotten back on how Central IL has...

    Sorry I haven't gotten back on how Central IL has been this spring, darn work keeps getting in the way.

    The long and short of it is a very wet April to May then it's been spotty since. Dad in...
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    No worries, I could talk about this for hours...

    No worries, I could talk about this for hours upon end. Really has turned into a passion of mine.

    Did they mention nest raiders and which ones were doing the most damage? What percentage of nests...
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    Aslong as you have a good stand of grass, leaving...

    Aslong as you have a good stand of grass, leaving them idle is not an issue. Weeds/trees/invasives will always be choked out by a well managed stand of grass.

    On the topic of multiple hens per...
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    Yes the 360K acres is the total state work, this...

    Yes the 360K acres is the total state work, this also includes rest areas which are part of the upgrades and high visibility areas.

    Sadly the 100-200 acres is what the state as a total will be...
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    With the results from the study, the state has...

    With the results from the study, the state has created the Habitat teams which are basically boots on the ground to complete these 'renovations' at PHA's. One of the largest things they are doing is...
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    State meeting this weekend shed a lot of light on...

    State meeting this weekend shed a lot of light on this. State DNR is going through major overhaul of PHA's based on the research shown by a U of I grad student. I've seen the presentation many times...
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    I volunteer and work with the Illinois River...

    I volunteer and work with the Illinois River Valley PF chapter. We cover both Peoria and Tazewell counties. That was partly why I was upset to see it leave Peoria, though I grew up not far from...
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    Yes I do believe it is aimed more at committee...

    Yes I do believe it is aimed more at committee members (which I am for my chapter), but our chapter also allows chapter members (not just committee members) to attend. I'd rather see 1000 people...
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    Just got this information yesterday. If anyone...

    Just got this information yesterday. If anyone has some free time in January and wants to go to Springfield for a full day of seminars and discussions see the information below.

    Illinois...
  10. Thread: Bird sightings

    by 100%IL
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    Every field I have hunted so far has had great...

    Every field I have hunted so far has had great numbers. We have seen our fair share of CRP coming out but also some going back in. Still having issues with ditch mowing so hopefully that can stop....
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    I saw this video just the other day as well,...

    I saw this video just the other day as well, wonder where they are hunting? State ground? Almost looks like it could be Saybrook PHA
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    Me and a buddy braved the rain today in central...

    Me and a buddy braved the rain today in central Illinois to hunt a private 160ac crp field. I knew it would be a good day when we pulled up and 10 roosters were standing there looking at us....
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    Slow morning, only got to hunt about 3ish hours...

    Slow morning, only got to hunt about 3ish hours do to the dog being really out of shape. Never got into any pheasants but jumped 3-4 coveys with 5-6 birds each. Only scratched one though.
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    Plan on hitting one of the very very few walk in...

    Plan on hitting one of the very very few walk in areas here in central Illinois. Numbers have been good where the good habitat is but have been seeing a lot of recreational mowing the last few days...
  15. Thread: Bird sightings

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    I've already been seeing some reports from guys...

    I've already been seeing some reports from guys here in central IL that have seen nests that have hatchered. All good sized nests as well and the weather for the next few weeks is looking sunny and...
  16. Thread: Bird sightings

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    Weather has them a little confused right now, but...

    Weather has them a little confused right now, but have still seen good numbers. Checked two places we will hunt this fall, both had partial burns this spring which made it easier to see the birds...
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    Did this bill fail yet? Oh wait, that's right,...

    Did this bill fail yet?

    Oh wait, that's right, our 'part time' representatives who make 65k a year got the month off to go home and campaign on the taxpayers dime.

    Too bad we can't take some...
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    Whatever the machine wants, it can get. I find it...

    Whatever the machine wants, it can get. I find it interesting that even if you have permission from the land owner (who should be the only person you need permission from besides the Mrs) that they...
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    2015-2016 Season thoughts...

    With the season now closed for both north and south, wanted to hear everyone's comments on how they thought the season went and their hopes for the future of pheasant hunting in IL.

    My season...
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    One of my buddies struck gold and we drew Sibley...

    One of my buddies struck gold and we drew Sibley for last Sunday. Ended the day with a five man limit, plenty of birds still out there as well. Did better on that hunt than the three days in SD.
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    I got out for our PF chapter youth hunt today....

    I got out for our PF chapter youth hunt today. Have to say I wasn't sure what to expect but I had a great time. Nothing like seeing the young ones shoot their first birds. Also some good bonding...
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    Thanks! It's actually my hunting partners 3yr...

    Thanks! It's actually my hunting partners 3yr old GSP. She's definitely a hard worker since she's our only dog. I'm not quite sold on GSPs but would love a Brittany.
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    We hit some walk in public ground and was able to...

    We hit some walk in public ground and was able to get 2 birds. Ended up being a pretty good day. The others made fun of my new wing shooter Irish setter boots, but by the end of the first walk I was...
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    Yep, we are hoping to get out on some public and...

    Yep, we are hoping to get out on some public and private ground here in central Illinois. Most if not all the crops are out which will really help, hopefully we get a little cool down as well.
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    Numbers are finally out, looks like more of the...

    Numbers are finally out, looks like more of the same, no real increase over last year. Seems like where the good habitat is, the birds have survived.

    Also saw the small increase in hunters and...
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