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    Here's the link for reservations. ...

    Here's the link for reservations.

    https://dnr2.illinois.gov/PheasantHunt/ApplyPFCFS.aspx
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    Never been either. Been to Johnson Sauk Trail...

    Never been either. Been to Johnson Sauk Trail like you several times. I've pulled into Greenriver and just from what I can see it looks a little more open than Sauk is. Lot's of woods at Sauk. I...
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    2 of the 3 ditches we were on were so wide you...

    2 of the 3 ditches we were on were so wide you couldn't cross. Beavers have almost every ditch damned up. You can really tell no one is trapping anymore. We saw 4 bucks yesterday just standing...
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    Had a much better trip yesterday. Hunted again...

    Had a much better trip yesterday. Hunted again with my buddy with the young short hairs. We managed to kill our 4 birds by 10 am. Went to 3 spots, and saw birds in each place. Probably saw 25...
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    Made it down for the opener on Saturday. Buddy...

    Made it down for the opener on Saturday. Buddy of mine went with me. Heís got 2 five month old gsp pups.

    It was pretty tough to say the least. Corn is still in everywhere around Milford. It...
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    I mainly hunt by myself. I feel your pain with...

    I mainly hunt by myself. I feel your pain with what you are talking about. One thing I love about hunting by myself is I can be totally quiet. When I approach a piece of cover no matter how big or...
  7. Thread: Story Time

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    It sure was I feel sorry for people homeless...

    It sure was I feel sorry for people homeless don’t get to experience the outdoors!
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    A few years ago I was hunting in SD with some...

    A few years ago I was hunting in SD with some buddies. Me and my dad had just finished hunting a small slough and the other 3 guys we were with had just finished walking a corn strip. The wind was...
  9. Thread: Ipswich?

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    Agree with Hockeybob. Was better than last year,...

    Agree with Hockeybob. Was better than last year, but waayyy down from the last 10 years or so. One thing I really noticed was the lack of cattails. The drought has really made some of the slews...
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    Made my last trip to Milford on Sunday. Got down...

    Made my last trip to Milford on Sunday. Got down at 7:30. First spot east of Stockland I saw 6 hens and no roosters. Dog pointed 3 hens on in the filter strip next to the ditch, the other 3 hens...
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    Went down to Milford on the 26th. Hit 3...

    Went down to Milford on the 26th. Hit 3 beautiful small crp fields that were good to me last year. Didn’t see 1 bird, and my dog never got birdy. I went to an old reliable spot just south of...
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    It’s a nice place. 5 birds for 150 bucks. Rack...

    It’s a nice place. 5 birds for 150 bucks. Rack and Wing in Lamarck; IL is good to.
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    Maybe not quite that high. Karma is a bitch. ...

    Maybe not quite that high. Karma is a bitch. Was down early Saturday morning, and hunted a couple of ditches south of Sheldon that have done well in the past. First one I saw 10 hens and one...
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    I was down on Saturday morning. I do have a...

    I was down on Saturday morning. I do have a couple of hot spots that always have birds. I probably should have hit a couple of spots to do some prospecting, but I was pretty short for time, because...
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    Good to hear. Was up in South Dakota last week,...

    Good to hear. Was up in South Dakota last week, so haven't made it down to Milford yet. Hope to get down next weekend. Kind of strange to see one lone quail. They are few and far between in...
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    Just got back from a 5 day trip. Hunted mainly...

    Just got back from a 5 day trip. Hunted mainly between Aberdeen and Ipswich. Combination of walk in and private land. Just myself and my llewlyn setter. I was pleasantly surprised with the...
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    Any long term habitat projects are positive in my...

    Any long term habitat projects are positive in my opinion. I have seen many of these pollinator fields show up in Iroquois county in the last 2 years. Cover is veeerrry sparse in the first year. ...
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    I have hunted SD 21 years in a row. I still saw...

    I have hunted SD 21 years in a row. I still saw a bunch of pheasants this year. More in 1 day than I'll see all year in IL. I didn't have any trouble shooting a limit every day, my point was the...
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    Lets hope we get some good new with 2018 Farm...

    Lets hope we get some good new with 2018 Farm Bill. Looking at $2.00 corn and no pheasants. Not good for farmers or hunters.

    Murph,

    Thanks for the shout out. My dad spent a lot of time...
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    Nice pic!!!! Hope you killed a few. I didn’t...

    Nice pic!!!! Hope you killed a few. I didn’t make it down this weekend.
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    George, We are referring to man made drainage...

    George,

    We are referring to man made drainage ditches that are all over east central IL. Many of these ditches have good cover and decent bird numbers. These aren't road ditches that you can...
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    Had a good day yesterday. Met a buddy at my...

    Had a good day yesterday. Met a buddy at my mom's in Milford at 8:30 hit the first spot just norteast of town. 30 acre crp field. Got out of the truck and a big coyote runs out the back of the...
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    Sent you a pm.

    Sent you a pm.
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    Hunt the same areas. Killed two on Saturday, but...

    Hunt the same areas. Killed two on Saturday, but had to hunt all day to do it. Really sad to see some of these filter strip on ditches getting plowed under. Unless something changes in the 2018...
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    Just got back from a 5 day trip. Hunted south...

    Just got back from a 5 day trip. Hunted south west of Aberdeen in Edmonds County. Managed a limit each day. In my scientific opinion, I would say birds were down 30 to 40%. Still good numbers...
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