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    I've never understood why so many accuse the...

    I've never understood why so many accuse the state of South Dakota of planting birds. Any state expenditure of that magnitude requires politicians to vote and authorize the program. That information...
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    South Dakota specifically asks responders to not...

    South Dakota specifically asks responders to not include preserve birds in their harvest numbers.
  3. Thread: Harvest Timing

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    Just began seeing beans coming out in central...

    Just began seeing beans coming out in central Iowa. Farmer friend says a lot of beans are ready but the fields are still too wet. Says they're two weeks behind. Tried to take some corn yesterday but...
  4. Thread: Iowa Huns

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    I think I'm one of the luckiest non-hun hunters....

    I think I'm one of the luckiest non-hun hunters. I shot one a few years ago in Nebraska when pheasant hunting. Flushed from the edge of bean stubble and I knew it was a Hun right away. Anticipated...
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    All the other mid-western states have released...

    All the other mid-western states have released actual bird numbers per route. "Better than 2018, and improved numbers" from Kansas aren't convincing enough for me to commit my vacation time. I...
  6. Thread: Iowa Huns

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    Hun's as an Iowa "bonus bird".

    I would agree that the NDR's discription is outdated. Huns were a true bonus bird 25 years ago. But today they are a rarity that their ridiculous 8 bird per day bag limit defies. I imagine that there...
  7. Thread: Iowa Huns

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    Chances are slim but I shot a pair out of a nice...

    Chances are slim but I shot a pair out of a nice covey west of Fort Dodge 3-4 years ago. Also shot three out of a covey in eastern Iowa last year. Both times I was hunting pheasants and realize that...
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    I've shot a lot of chickens. Mostly in Nebraska...

    I've shot a lot of chickens. Mostly in Nebraska but also Kansas and South Dakota. I would never rely on pass shooting due to the success demonstrated in the above posts. Just go to Fort Pierre...
  9. Thread: First broods

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    Thanks McFarmer! I heard from local hay cutters...

    Thanks McFarmer! I heard from local hay cutters that there were good bird numbers in central/northcentral Ia. this summer. I drove 80 miles of gravel at dusk in two days and saw 0. Maybe they were...
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    I've hunted scaled quail in N.M., Mearns &...

    I've hunted scaled quail in N.M., Mearns & Gambles in AZ, California quail in NV, OR & ID and bobwhites in the Midwest. All with Labs and Springers. In good quail number years, I've never had...
  11. Thread: Midwest Quail

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    You're correct, California/valley quail roost in...

    You're correct, California/valley quail roost in low tress and brush and Bobwhites on the ground.
  12. BB, Where are the brood sightings? This is...

    BB, Where are the brood sightings? This is becoming a lonely forum.
  13. Thread: First broods

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    It's a sad day when the sighting of a single...

    It's a sad day when the sighting of a single brood is good news. We should be at the peak of the hatch and yours is the first sighting I've heard.
  14. Thread: Brutal Winter?

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    Yes, it's pretty bad over most of the pheasant...

    Yes, it's pretty bad over most of the pheasant range. Iowa DNR says anytime we have more than 30" of snowfall the pheasant pop. drops the following fall. Well, we're at 58" so far. I've seen three...
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    Most states have a reciprocity law regarding...

    Most states have a reciprocity law regarding license sales. If more states regulate NR's then those NR's will require their DNR regulate NR in turn. Be careful what you wish for. I don't know why I'm...
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    Number of shots fired are seldom an indication of...

    Number of shots fired are seldom an indication of birds killed. Most of the guys I've seen shooting at quail could dump a box of shells and never hit a bird.


    Now if you really wanted to...
  17. Thread: Roadside Count

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    Thanks for posting. The west central sounds like...

    Thanks for posting. The west central sounds like it will be fair, but the traditionally good southwest was hurt by those early rains.
  18. Thread: Predictions

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    I don't know if Minnesota has compiled enough...

    I don't know if Minnesota has compiled enough info to determine birds per section based on road count, but I doubt it. More likely that they're comparing previous harvest numbers with road counts....
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    There are few "upland guides" in northern NE....

    There are few "upland guides" in northern NE. Waterfowl, deer and turkey yes. You really don't need access to private land for grouse or chickens. The CRP Map and state/federal lands are virtually...
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    Iowa might have 1.5 mil. CRP but only 25,000...

    Iowa might have 1.5 mil. CRP but only 25,000 acres of public access to that private CRP. And few of those 1.5 mil. acres are large tract. Mostly buffer strips along creeks and dredge ditches with...
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    I must be the luckiest guy, cause I've hunted the...

    I must be the luckiest guy, cause I've hunted the sandhills from Oneil to west of Valentine for 30 years and never booted a dog. They quickly learn to avoid cactus and I only find significant sand...
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    If you want to know if hot and dry affects bird...

    If you want to know if hot and dry affects bird numbers, ask anyone who hunted the Pierre grasslands for prairie grouse last year, ask anyone who hunted the Valentine NE area for prairie grouse in...
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    Prosepctive of Freelance Non-residents

    I don't believe the original poster's comments were meant to offend, just to caution. I believe the gripe is that as free-lance, non-residents, we have a choice on which state we choose to hunt. Our...
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    Even after 2 years the meat is still good to the...

    Even after 2 years the meat is still good to the point there's really no difference between the meat of the older birds vs the freshly killed birds. The feathers/skin seem to act like a buffer...
  25. Thread: I shot a hen!

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    I agree that a dog can tell the difference...

    I agree that a dog can tell the difference between wounded/dead and healthy birds. Most of our dogs couldn't retrieve half of our "kills" if this were not true.

    My first dog, a Lab, picked up nine...
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