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    I like hunting NE but as others have said the...

    I like hunting NE but as others have said the numbers are not on par with SD and the birds do get pressured.

    They have a really good hunter access program called Open Fields and Waters that...
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    Thanks Miforester. Much appreciated.

    Thanks Miforester. Much appreciated.
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    Thanks for the report and photos. Really enjoyed...

    Thanks for the report and photos. Really enjoyed it.

    What kind of shape were the roads in this year? Hunted the same general area last year and some of them were basically impassable.

    Was...
  4. This is a generalization but I believe is pretty...

    This is a generalization but I believe is pretty accurate. PF Chapters are able to keep and spend all $$ locally that they raise locally (think banquets etc.). They choose their own leadership and...
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    I have had good luck with Phycox Max soft chews...

    I have had good luck with Phycox Max soft chews for my soon to be nine year old English Cocker. Gave him two chews a day for a month or so (per directions) and then one a day for maintenance. Also...
  6. MN public land hunting can be frustrating at...

    MN public land hunting can be frustrating at times. There is good habitat and it produces birds but they are pressured and opportunities can be in short supply compared to say SD public land...
  7. Enjoyed the write-up and pictures. Hoping I can...

    Enjoyed the write-up and pictures. Hoping I can get to SD soon but life & work have been relentlessly getting in the way this year. May end up targeting a late season hunt if the weather cooperates...
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    I suspect with the crops up the birds are...

    I suspect with the crops up the birds are spending a lot of time in the standing crops (safe from avian predators, easy escape from ground predators). Probably moreso now after also being pressured...
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    I do like how MN is able to steadily add...

    I do like how MN is able to steadily add permanent habitat with a lot of help from the Land & Legacy Amendment and groups like PF. It is incremental for sure but in a generation it will be...
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    [sarcasm]South Dakota Tourism is having the SDGFP...

    [sarcasm]South Dakota Tourism is having the SDGFP re-write the survey results and buying time until they can secure an order for another 1000 semi loads of pen raised roosters[sarcasm]
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    There has been a lot more big block (1/4 section...

    There has been a lot more big block (1/4 section or larger) CRP acreage lost in the last 20-years than CREP or public land acquisitions added. I get your point though that as habitat acreage comes...
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    Used to hunt Marshall, Day and N/NE Brown county...

    Used to hunt Marshall, Day and N/NE Brown county almost exclusively starting in 2003 and through the end of that decade. Lots of public land and relatively few hunters until the word got out in the...
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    Cautiously optimistic. Prime nesting season...

    Cautiously optimistic. Prime nesting season weather looked good and am thinking that the areas not planted (if left fallow) could actually improve the brood rearing cover. Just my observation but...
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    I treat sharptail breasts like a cheap steak. ...

    I treat sharptail breasts like a cheap steak. Marinade in your favorite concoction (chipotle, cilantro, seasonings & canola oil for me) at least overnight. Cook to medium rare on a hot charcoal...
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    Weather reports I'm seeing in the area I hunt...

    Weather reports I'm seeing in the area I hunt have looked warm and not too wet this month. Definitely could use a year with a nice big hatch.
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    Doesn't meet the I-90 criteria or have the MO...

    Doesn't meet the I-90 criteria or have the MO Breaks but the pothole region has excellent fishing opportunities (walleyes, perch, smallies, panfish etc.), exceptional waterfowl hunting & while not...
  17. Good tangible benefits like this could get the...

    Good tangible benefits like this could get the program expanded. Would really help address the shortage of nesting/brood rearing cover that has resulted from the last decade's CRP acreage reduction....
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    The original HEVI-Shot recipe that was actually...

    The original HEVI-Shot recipe that was actually heavier/denser than lead was an awesome pheasant load. Used to shoot 2 3/4" #5's out of open chokes. Those loads patterned pretty well, had good...
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    It has been a few years but have seen PF burn...

    It has been a few years but have seen PF burn crews in western MN south of Ortonville. Not sure if they were sponsored by PF or if PF actually bought the equipment and staffed the crews with PF...
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    Is there a shortage of traditional good winter...

    Is there a shortage of traditional good winter cover around? Might be the best option the DNR has to provide nesting, brood rearing & protective cover for the birds on those parcels?

    I will take...
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    Don't agree with the above. I think the lodges...

    Don't agree with the above. I think the lodges have expanded (moderately if you look at the numbers) because they do a great job marketing themselves as an actual hunting experience vs. what many of...
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    If you were hunting in March you must have been...

    If you were hunting in March you must have been hunting at a licensed shooting preserve (otherwise illegal). They release birds and while it would be possible to shoot a wild bird in that situation...
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    The preserve harvest I believe is included in...

    The preserve harvest I believe is included in total harvest numbers but SD GF&P does not attempt to hide much when it comes to preserves, what the harvest is and how many birds they release. ...
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    The planted birds thing is way overblown. Yes the...

    The planted birds thing is way overblown. Yes the SDGFP says 264,000 of the total 829,000 roosters harvested in 2017 were released birds. Thing is those released birds were shot on 227 preserves...
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    Thanks for continuing to perpetuate the myth....

    Thanks for continuing to perpetuate the myth. Lessens the pressure on the wild roosters I chase.......
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