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    Cattails are made for labs and Goldens. Just plan...

    Cattails are made for labs and Goldens. Just plan on getting wet, this year was exceptionally bad, got wet in places I have never gotten wet at before. Large patches don't scare me, just take shots...
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    This year I was able to hunt a variety of areas...

    This year I was able to hunt a variety of areas in several states over extended periods of time. Heard the same stories, that they are in the corn, wait till the corn is in, etc. Well in one area I...
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    Sounds tough for you this year. My wife and I...

    Sounds tough for you this year. My wife and I managed some okay hunting just before the Thanksgiving storm, the cattails were tricky as we fell through several times and with the more snow you're...
  4. It is a death of a thousands cuts. Loss of crp...

    It is a death of a thousands cuts. Loss of crp hurts, the switching to corn over other grains hurts, changing farm practices hurt, west nile virus etc. Than there is the weather, climate change is...
  5. Interesting. I guess I fall into the old...

    Interesting. I guess I fall into the old category, been chasing birds in America(lower 48) since the 80's, maybe you could say the 70's if you counted the years in college in Wisconsin. PF could be...
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    Just got back and found "okay" hunting. The area...

    Just got back and found "okay" hunting. The area we hunt had almost all the crops in so that was not the issue. Overall we saw way less birds than we did last year(which wasn't stellar). We had snow...
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    A good pointer is a joy to watch, so is a well...

    A good pointer is a joy to watch, so is a well trained flusher. At this stage in my life I love to keep up with my flushers. When I get really old, I mean really really old I will get a pointer. Till...
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    Well I 'm certainly glad that I decided not to...

    Well I 'm certainly glad that I decided not to head down until later. But than my decision was based on the premise that it would be too warm for my dogs. Go figure. Hope it straightens out soon, now...
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    I'm going to take my second retirement trip. Last...

    I'm going to take my second retirement trip. Last year was MT, ND and SD. Came home when the stock market went down in December, saw the credit card bills and went back to work. Now I am really going...
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    Hey good point on the vented boots, I can see how...

    Hey good point on the vented boots, I can see how that could cause problems. Thanks
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    Dog boots

    Plan to be in an area that has cactus and sand burrs. Long ago I used a rubber dog boot(Lewis?) that seemed to work well. What is the state of the art in booting dogs now? Are rubber boots still...
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    Thanks for the info and the PM's. We like to move...

    Thanks for the info and the PM's. We like to move around a lot, stay 3 days in an area and move on. Never hunt the same area twice. Finding a friendly motel is one of the hardest parts. Last year we...
  13. So we know that crowing counts are not...

    So we know that crowing counts are not representative as to what the numbers in the fall are. But we also know that roosters will chase hens out of cover in bad winters and have better survival...
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    Dog friendly

    I'm going to be passing through southwest Nebraska this fall planning on a couple days of hunting. I have an old dog who went blind that I will not leave home. He needs a real dog friendly motel,...
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    jonnyB what brand of electric glove do you use?...

    jonnyB what brand of electric glove do you use? My wife's fingers go white when she goes into the frig. She has to quit when it gets cold.
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    I don't see much farmer bashing on this forum,...

    I don't see much farmer bashing on this forum, but than I'm insensitive and clueless, at least according to my wife.A big thumbs up to inviting the OP to come and hunt. That is what should happen...
  17. Are ties and clean boots required?

    Are ties and clean boots required?
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    I think DU or Delta waterfowl (?) did a study on...

    I think DU or Delta waterfowl (?) did a study on this a few years ago and found it to be effective, but labor intensive. Might be worth a shot, could give some high school kids some spare change and...
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    Arrghh Is it just me or have the powers that be...

    Arrghh Is it just me or have the powers that be decided that somewhere in my past I have something that I should be punished for. Finally mostly retired and can spend more time hunting and the birds...
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    Very insightful and thought provoking. Farther...

    Very insightful and thought provoking. Farther west with 6 drops of rain you can't navigate many of the secondary roads, yet alone think of driving off road. That said laws are sometimes made...
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    Okay some of this is going over my admittedly...

    Okay some of this is going over my admittedly hard head. As is now much of North Dakota is posted and to be properly posted the landowner's name and contact information has to be visible. What's not...
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    snake prevention

    So I am thinking about trying a chukar hunt. Snakes worry me. Supposedly you can snake proof a dog. I've watched the videos and it seems to be basic E-collar work. Here's the rub. There are no snakes...
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    Snake breaking would be a great option, but there...

    Snake breaking would be a great option, but there are no snakes in Alaska and I'm not sure about the legality of bringing one in. Then there is the problem of very few days when the temperature would...
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    Thanks for the update. We can only hope that...

    Thanks for the update. We can only hope that there is enough common sense to not mess with something that wasn't broke.
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    What is the status of the bill now? Last that I...

    What is the status of the bill now? Last that I heard was it was still in committee.
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