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    Default SD upland bird info needed

    We are headed to SD to do an upland hunt this season. We are after pheasant, quail, prairie chickens, partridge, and grouse. I have hunted pheasant, quail, and chickens before, but never partridge and grouse. What tips can you provide that will help us with our hunt? What type of habitat do they like? What do you look for in a flush to properly identify them? Are they in coveys or singles usually? Any tips are appreciated.

    Also how does your dog react to these different birds? In low to no wind, my dogs will point a quail at 5 yards, pheasant at 10 yards, and a chicken at 20 yards.

    I am not looking for your honey holes. I am looking for general information that would help someone who is new to these birds. We will be traveling around the state.

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    Wish I could help you more. First year to Sd last year. Had many grouse or chickens get up only to pass because I thought the were hens. Seems like they would get up or get a point in very thin cover, that you wouldn't think would hold a pheasant and were not paying attention to to get to next cover area. Had some luck find partridge in tree lines, which they would promptly fly bind!

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    Thanks for the info.

    All the chickens I have found in the past have been in really short grass. It always would take one or two to flush before I realized they were chickens. I always saw the rounded tail, not pointy like a hen pheasant and once they flew away I always said to myself it flew like a quail.

    What do the grouse and partridge look like in flight?

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    In SD quail are almost non-existent so don't plan on finding any of those. Most sharpies and chickens are closer to the Missouri River or west of the river. You may run into a hun once in a while but they are few and far between. Good luck.
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    Thanks. I always worry about what shot to use when I am hunting quail in pheasant territory or hunting pheasant in quail territory and both seasons are open. I guess I won't worry about it on this hunt and just go with the larger shot.

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    Yep, #5 or #6 shot will do everything you need out here. In a 12 ga. I like #5 and in the smaller gauges I prefer #6.
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    I bought a new SxS 20 ga for this trip. I will get some #6. What chokes do you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stinkbelly View Post
    I bought a new SxS 20 ga for this trip. I will get some #6. What chokes do you recommend?
    I assume your SxS probably came with 3 tubes. IC, Mod & Full. It depends a lot on conditions, type of dog (pointer or flusher), the birds you are hunting, etc. I would probably start out with IC/Mod. If you find the shots are a little on the longer side I'd probably switch to Mod/Full. Putting the most open choke in the barrel that fires first.
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    The SxS came with 5 chokes (C, IC, IM, M, F)and I am hunting over two Deutsch Drahthaars (versatile dogs). They will point.
    Last edited by stinkbelly; 09-19-2013 at 12:25 PM.

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    If your hunting public you need to use steel shot.

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