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    In laws got all their beans out end last week....

    In laws got all their beans out end last week. South of Aberdeen. Other family members up that way were wrapping up with beans as well.
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    Went out Sunday. Hit a couple different spots...

    Went out Sunday. Hit a couple different spots between Chamberlain and Mitchell. Birds were scarce to say the least. At least in the three spots we went to.
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    Supposed to get cold and wet for about five days...

    Supposed to get cold and wet for about five days after Thursday.
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    In laws farm South of Aberdeen. They said they'll...

    In laws farm South of Aberdeen. They said they'll be lucky to be getting beans out by the first week of October. This was last week before we got another batch of rain.
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    It's not going to go anywhere this fall and...

    It's not going to go anywhere this fall and winter. All the sloughs and every low spot will be saturated. Thus when the snow melts it's going to be even worse next spring I fear.
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    To answer the other question. The survival rate...

    To answer the other question. The survival rate is next to nothing.
  7. Thread: Which Camper?

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    I'd go with the pickup camper as well. Can pretty...

    I'd go with the pickup camper as well. Can pretty much set up anywhere then.
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    Scope should be plenty.

    Scope should be plenty.
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    I've hunted antelope out there before. There is a...

    I've hunted antelope out there before. There is a Facebook group for western SD hunting and fishing that may help you out if you have some questions.
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    Unfortunately it is. I've driven to Philip and...

    Unfortunately it is. I've driven to Philip and back to Sioux Falls the beginning of the month. A guy I deer hunt with is 83 and he said he's seeing water in places he's never seen it before. Also...
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    Drove from SF to Watertown then Hwy 20 to 281 up...

    Drove from SF to Watertown then Hwy 20 to 281 up to Aberdeen Thursday and back the same way Friday. Saw quite a few birds, and deer, out looking for food. Only bad thing is that was probably all of...
  12. Thread: Where to live?

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    Still a pretty great view.

    Still a pretty great view.
  13. Thread: Where to live?

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    As far as deer hunting it wouldn't matter if you...

    As far as deer hunting it wouldn't matter if you lived east or west river. Chamberlain would be a great fit. Fish are always biting somewhere around there. Not to mention smack dab in some great...
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    I'm the opposite. Left handed and right eye...

    I'm the opposite. Left handed and right eye dominate. Only way I've ever used a gun is shooting right handed. Made my dad happy when I was a kid he wouldn't need a bunch of left handed guns. Works...
  15. Thread: Prairie Dogs

    by BigRand
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    Western SD is filled with some very large,...

    Western SD is filled with some very large, bordering on massive, dog towns. When I was a kid, in the 90's, we used to shoot a lot of them on the land that we deer and antelope hunted on. Now there...
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    Went south of Mitchell and experienced exactly...

    Went south of Mitchell and experienced exactly that. All the birds were hunkered in pretty thick. Ran a bunch when spooked. Did manage to flush two roosters in range. Only problem is they were...
  17. Thread: Shooting

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    I used to run into this issue when I was in my...

    I used to run into this issue when I was in my teens and shooting with my dad. He was a bit faster than I was and I know I was rushing. Now in my 30's and hunting with my own dog and notice I miss a...
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    I stopped going hunting opening weekend anymore....

    I stopped going hunting opening weekend anymore. Maybe I should start going fishing that weekend. Heard they are catching some nice ones out there this past week or two.
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    Resident season 2018

    Made it out for resident season today. Found some birds in light to medium cover. Got one group of around a dozen up that jumped up too far away. Got another group of around 20 and picked up one...
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    To sum it up. If the bird gets up within the...

    To sum it up. If the bird gets up within the right of way. Shoot at as long as you want. Whether it's flying over the road right of way or private land. If it takes flight from private land you can...
  21. Thread: Predictions

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    The thing that worries me is look how far off it...

    The thing that worries me is look how far off it is from the 10 year average. Some of those peak years a dropping off now on that average and it's still below. Not good, but improving. Just shows it...
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    The hunting atlas is also available online. If...

    The hunting atlas is also available online. If your planning on hunting just public I would use steel exclusively. There are different private lands with public access that allow lead but it's easier...
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    Large amount of hail went through the Chamberlain...

    Large amount of hail went through the Chamberlain area this morning as well.
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    This stuff should melt pretty quick. The only...

    This stuff should melt pretty quick. The only problem is at this time of year the birds have depleted a considerable amount of their fat reserves over the rest of the winter already. Meaning it...
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    I hunt deer basically right in the middle of the...

    I hunt deer basically right in the middle of the drought in that map. From what people who have been out there living and folks that I have been hunting with that have been out there for 50+ years...
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