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    Default Report on our Annual DIY Trip

    4 Adults, 1 kid(11 YO) 2.5 dogs, 3.5 days in the field, Vic Pierre, Agar, and Cheyenne River Reservation. Some Private land otherwist all Public Access.
    We saw birds every day, Sharptails and Pez. We harvested 7-8 Roosters and 3 Sharpies. We failed to connect on ~6 Rooster we shot at. All told, we probably saw about ~35 Pheasants, and 15 sharpies.
    Rooster:Hen ratio favored rooster ~ 1:4. The numbers are based on what I can remember as I type, not recorded data.
    We pretty much walked 1000 to 1700 daily, except when moving to a new field. Based on the past 4 yrs of hunting the same basic areas, we would typically see more birds. (~150?)
    If there is no improvement next year, we're not sure we'll continue to hunt like we have been. Perhaps a Uguide facility, or an acquaitance just returned from a Big Game Outfitter in Montanna that has an excellent population on the property he manage/leases. Ringnecks and Goldens. It would add considerable expense to our current method but the Kid will be 12 next year and we want him to have the best chance for success. Plus, dogs (and hunters) get disappointed after putting in all those miles with little action. We quit 2 days early and left for home. We did get some good dog work. The last bird of the trip was a perfect Point, Flush, Shoot, Track, and retrieve from the dog in my Avatar. 10 years old and still going strong ( Thanks Previcox!) This was the only bird out of 1/2 section CRP grass WIA field with Standing Sunflowers on one side.
    The tradition will continue somewhere next year as we Blood the kid with his first real hunt(He has walked for the past 3 years). We hope its in SD but time will tell.

    PS. A telling point: We make a stop at Cabelas in Mitchell as part of the tradition on the way out. For the past 3 years there was always some level of a crowd in the Bargain Barn waiting in line to buy licenses. This year there was no crowd. I saw 1 guy buy a license.

    PPS. Can you believe Cabelas was out of stock on chest protective dog vests 2 weeks into the season!! I asked our helper who got fired over that one! We (dogs) suffered thru OK and we stopped back in on the way out, still no stock. We found them in stock online and they accomodated with free Shipping to home so Kudo's for that but sheesh, really?! Also only about 1 case of Prarie Storm remaining.

    Evans Tekoa sunrise
    "Sam"
    If you think you're important, try telling somebody else's dog what to do!

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    If Cabela's sold all the ammo and dog vests, someone must have been there.

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    Good report, thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Buck View Post
    If Cabela's sold all the ammo and dog vests, someone must have been there.
    Yea, I thought of that. I figured the shells went to the residents during the early days. Vest had to be poor inventory mangement. The Cabela's "outiftter" said they just didn't have any/many to begin with.

    We didn't see many groups in the areas we normally see them. The WIA land east of Agar always has a few groups actively hunting and we saw just 1 other group over 2 days.

    I understand this is all ancedotal observation and timing is everthing. Just relating what we saw.

    Evans Tekoa sunrise
    "Sam"
    If you think you're important, try telling somebody else's dog what to do!

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    It has been a little wierd. On the opener we hunted all public and never saw another hunter on the ground. Possible only about two traveling. On the third weekend, we saw quite a few. Go figure.

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    Carpfisher...that is a good and honest report. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 519vx View Post
    Carpfisher...that is a good and honest report. Thanks for posting.
    This website got us started with good information 4 yrs ago so I give back when I can.

    We did a local Preserve hunt today and had a blast. One hunter brought his 10 MO Springer and she got her first taste of real hunting. She has been training in Close quarters and the trainer siad she was ready. It was great to see a young dog come into her own. The bird drops were flagged so we knew where to lead her in to. We put here on 5 birds and she found and flushed them all. On the shot she found dead and would stand there and bark at the kill to try and get it to fly. She did carry a couple for a while. Retrieving is in the future.

    Evans Tekoa sunrise
    "Sam"
    If you think you're important, try telling somebody else's dog what to do!

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    I stopped at Bass Pro in Iowa. Limited shells and expensive. Then we stopped in Yankton, SD at Dakota Archery to buy licenses. Better selection of shells, CHEAPER than Bass Pro. Wonderful people.

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    We altered our plans several years ago. We no longer hunt pheasants in South Dakota. A very generous friend took us to a pheasant hunting preserve this year. Had a fantastic time. Pretty much duplicated a wild pheasant hunt at this place. Three people hunting, three dogs...cost less then two licenses in South Dakota. A win, win IMO. South Dakota isn't what it once was. IMO, those days are not coming back. Big Ag has taken precedence over any conservation. Public areas are grazed and hayed flat. More and more ground is put under the plow. Homesteads and tree's are being pushed into piles and burned. nearly everybody wants $150-$4-500 a gun per day. I'll spend it at a preserve where I know I'm going to see and harvest birds. This is a 180 from my former position on released birds. It becomes a financial decision along with success.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onpoint View Post
    We altered our plans several years ago. We no longer hunt pheasants in South Dakota. A very generous friend took us to a pheasant hunting preserve this year. Had a fantastic time. Pretty much duplicated a wild pheasant hunt at this place. Three people hunting, three dogs...cost less then two licenses in South Dakota. A win, win IMO. South Dakota isn't what it once was. IMO, those days are not coming back. Big Ag has taken precedence over any conservation. Public areas are grazed and hayed flat. More and more ground is put under the plow. Homesteads and tree's are being pushed into piles and burned. nearly everybody wants $150-$4-500 a gun per day. I'll spend it at a preserve where I know I'm going to see and harvest birds. This is a 180 from my former position on released birds. It becomes a financial decision along with success.
    agree, it really is just as you say.....the drive especially, if i have to drive that far and hunt all day to kill 2 birds..maybe 3...i will stay much closer to home and kill 1 or 2 each day, maybe even get skunked..and that's hunting wild birds..plenty of stockers to work the dogs on too.

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