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  1. Unlikely to be much liquid water in December. ...

    Unlikely to be much liquid water in December.

    All the 'bring your ark' hype this year is way overblown. Yes - the water table is high, and a few roads are still flooded, but there is plenty of dry...
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    Not sure I follow the comment. No charge for the...

    Not sure I follow the comment. No charge for the (thousands of acres of) public land in SD, other than the license.

    I also don't understand the implication that people/businesses (farmers or...
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    I have always maintained that early season...

    I have always maintained that early season hunting is overrated. Still a hoot - don't get me wrong - and I will continue to do it, but opening day challenges are not unusual. If its not too wet, its...
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    Pretty spot-on here. Mid-day birds will be more...

    Pretty spot-on here. Mid-day birds will be more challenging than golden hour or opening hour, but they can certainly be had. We have not had to hunt past 1 pm yet this year. The birds will loaf...
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    Did well on Youth opener - kids limited out in...

    Did well on Youth opener - kids limited out in short order. Public land.
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    I'm sure its different across the state, but my...

    I'm sure its different across the state, but my observations and thoughts were in the opposite direction where we hunt (N Central): Lots of corn and beans standing - very green and in soggy fields -...
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    I agree - No birds out there. Everyone should...

    I agree - No birds out there. Everyone should read the roadside survey and cancel their SD plans accordingly ;)

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    We hunt the Bowdle area and did fairly well last...

    We hunt the Bowdle area and did fairly well last year. 2017 was tougher, but we managed. Like I have said previously though, had to abandon our old hunting areas and find new ones that worked for the...
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    Interesting trend: MN, IA, and SD all down...

    Interesting trend: MN, IA, and SD all down exactly 17%...
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    Report is out now:...

    Report is out now: https://gfp.sd.gov/userdocs/docs/PBR_2019FINAL.pdf
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    I'm with you on that... Good news is usually...

    I'm with you on that... Good news is usually quick to be published. I can only suspect GFP will be reviewing it in the Spearfish meeting at the end of this week - might be some wordsmithing to...
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    I have to agree - last year was not too bad (for...

    I have to agree - last year was not too bad (for us, at least). It's not like the 2003-2010 boom years, but those were more unusual (on the positive side) than where we are now. Seems that a lot of...
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    I noticed that the brood survey report is on the...

    I noticed that the brood survey report is on the agenda for the GFP Commission Meeting in Spearfish, Sept. 5-6. Not sure if that means it will be discussed (after being published) or if it will be...
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    They do the same routes every year. 9334

    They do the same routes every year.

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    I'd like to have benelli-banger give his...

    I'd like to have benelli-banger give his prediction on the roadside count for 2019 - He nailed it last year.
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    I was told that MN farmers are being paid for the...

    I was told that MN farmers are being paid for the 50' buffer area - making more than they were if was put in CRP.
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    Welcome. Not sure what upland game...

    Welcome.

    Not sure what upland game opportunities you will find in Florida. My dogs get hot enough in early season South Dakota weather - can't imagine hunting them in the Florida heat/humidity....
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    Don't think such a thing exists. PetSafe makes...

    Don't think such a thing exists. PetSafe makes one for your yard, but you would need to wear it on a backpack w/ a 120VAC power source.

    Might also want to consider if you really want to teach the...
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    I added a dog this year and was faced with the...

    I added a dog this year and was faced with the same decision. I looked at the 1825, but was worried about being able to quickly switch the toggle (and knowing which way to flip for each dog) while...
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    I think we have settled the OP question of...

    I think we have settled the OP question of whether Pheasants see color - they do. Does it affect hunting success - maybe. I cannot see how blaze would help. I can certainly buy that a flying bird...
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    Good words of wisdom and I will be a bit more...

    Good words of wisdom and I will be a bit more cautious next time (if there is one). This experience was a real downer for an otherwise great hunting trip (on public land). If I had responded to his...
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    We had an interesting experience recently in SD,...

    We had an interesting experience recently in SD, close to Aberdeen. We hunt almost exclusively public land, but as we were driving around saw a birdy-looking little cat tail by the road. There were a...
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    Thanks for the report. Similar to what we saw -...

    Thanks for the report. Similar to what we saw - heat and standing crops make it difficult to judge the true population. Opener started well, but the heat moved in and all the public fields had been...
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    Same here. Nearly everyone in the group filled...

    Same here. Nearly everyone in the group filled out opening day, but it slowed down after that with the hot weather. Averaged about 2 per person each day.

    A lot more crops out around Aberdeen than...
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    Hunted one field Saturday morning, public ground....

    Hunted one field Saturday morning, public ground. 2 guys, 4 roosters bagged fairly quickly.

    Surprised (and encouraged) to hear all the reports of hens. We only saw 1 hen and 6 roosters.
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