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    I have a friend in Iowa who travels a lot for...

    I have a friend in Iowa who travels a lot for work. He enjoys pulling over to send me pictures/videos of pheasants he's seeing because he thinks it gets me worked up. It doesn't get me worked up too...
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    I know how you feel. My grandfather grew up on a...

    I know how you feel. My grandfather grew up on a farm east of Eagle Grove. The farm no longer exists, but my daughter found an old plat map from years ago and we located it. I had been driving back...
  3. I think back in the day, with paper wads and...

    I think back in the day, with paper wads and dirty burning powder the shot patterns weren't as good as they are today with the modern powder and plastic wads. Maybe we needed tighter chokes to hold a...
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    If you hunt a patch of cover a couple days in a...

    If you hunt a patch of cover a couple days in a row you have to expect diminishing returns. You chased X number from it on Day 1 and shot a few. Those you chased out went to other cover, possibly on...
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    Sounds like you had a great trip. I've done...

    Sounds like you had a great trip. I've done those, too, but much shorter distance and time. I'll do it again. Explore new lands I haven't seen. Scout and hunt different ground each day.
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    My young setter gashed his chest open on a barbed...

    My young setter gashed his chest open on a barbed wire fence. Trip to the Vet and stitches. He said pup was done for the week, not to hunt him. After a couple days I took him out for a short field,...
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    That's a startling comment from a warden. Most...

    That's a startling comment from a warden. Most Wisconsin deer hunters I know are legit, ethical hunters. Sure, there are always slobs out there, as there are in any sport, but "never"?

    We got...
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    Lee: I've also done the public land route...

    Lee:

    I've also done the public land route through SD a couple times. Had great hunts. One one trip, with a buddy, we hit walk-in areas around Webster. Moved over to Aberdeen and hunted north of...
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    There aren't any pheasants up here in northern...

    There aren't any pheasants up here in northern WI, but I've had a good season on grouse and woodcock. Woodcock reproduction was outstanding this year and with a pointing dog they're a lot of fun....
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    Abso-freakin-lutely dogs point by scent and not...

    Abso-freakin-lutely dogs point by scent and not sight! Had a guy along on a hunt once who had never hunted with a pointing dog. My setter slams into a solid point, standing in open ground, carpet of...
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    I've been out in Vilas County 4 times now over...

    I've been out in Vilas County 4 times now over the last two weekends. I'm shooting limits of woodcock, but have flushed only one grouse. Good thing we have woodcock and it looks to me like woodcock...
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    I hunt with a Charles Daly 12 ga. ultralight. I...

    I hunt with a Charles Daly 12 ga. ultralight. I love it. I don't feel recoil while hunting. It's not an issue. My issue, like birdshooter suggests, is it may not fit me the best because I'm tall with...
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    Paper hulls, paper wads, and the older powders...

    Paper hulls, paper wads, and the older powders made the need for Hoppe's and some tough scrubbing to get barrels clean after shooting!!!
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    My experience in Iowa is that if there is good...

    My experience in Iowa is that if there is good cover, there will be birds. Iowa is farmland, with the occasional patch of good habitat. You know how it is? There are places you can see for miles,...
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    With increased exposure to live birds, the pup...

    With increased exposure to live birds, the pup will eventually figure it out that the birds are what you're after. We train in a controlled environment, they start holding point as they should. Then...
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    Yes, this site has been pretty quiet. I've been...

    Yes, this site has been pretty quiet. I've been asked why I, and others aren't on here. It's been suggested because people know bird numbers are down, etc..

    I'm back at my desk after hunting east...
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    Too hot to hunt and another summer weekend in...

    Too hot to hunt and another summer weekend in store. Hunted a little opening weekend to get the dog some exercise. Walked trails wearing shorts and tennis shoes. Next weekend we'll get serious.
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    I've hunted grouse and woodcock in that area, but...

    I've hunted grouse and woodcock in that area, but not pheasants. I would guess there aren't a lot of pheasants in that area.
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    I hope your son is doing well. How is he?

    I hope your son is doing well. How is he?
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    Having stopped in Wisconsin there's a chance your...

    Having stopped in Wisconsin there's a chance your dogs contracted Blastomycosis. I lost my last setter at age 5 to Blasto. It's a fungus that lives in certain soil conditions. With my pup, he started...
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    Changing the subject just a little, but what...

    Changing the subject just a little, but what about male dogs?

    Everything I've read says the dog needs to be mature, male or female.

    And what about an older male dog, such as one that was in...
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    I have an 870 Express that I only use for turkeys...

    I have an 870 Express that I only use for turkeys and carry on trips as a backup. 3" mag Turkey loads come in boxes of 10 rounds. 2 rounds for patterning. Leaving 8 turkeys I can shoot before needing...
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    A couple things I noticed in this video that are...

    A couple things I noticed in this video that are instructive:
    On one of the early birds, when it went down, you didn't take your eye off the spot it dropped as you walked in to find it. A lot of...
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    Not just with the prostate, but in other health...

    Not just with the prostate, but in other health areas, as well, those of us who are a few years older need to be proactive with our health. At age 50, my first cousin, who I grew up with and 12 years...
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    Saturday evening, the Mrs. and I drove out to one...

    Saturday evening, the Mrs. and I drove out to one of my productive young Aspen stands. Hoping to see male woodcock performing, we walked an old skid trail back into the woods, but were there too...
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