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    Quote Originally Posted by ehudgens View Post
    It was pretty tough to say the least. Corn is still in everywhere around Milford. It was warm and muddy to.

    We hunted 4 hours. Went to 5 spots. Saw birds in 4. My setter pointed 11 hens. One of the pups had a nice point in a small crp patch. Just one of those days where nothing went our way.

    I’m in South Dakota now. Killed a limit today. 95% of corn still in and all the sloughs are full of water.

    It’s been a crazy weather year!
    We'll see how things turn out after the crops come out. We keep getting snow up here in this part of the state, then a melt-off so like most of the state and midwest, harvest has been slow. 3-5 inches tonight and tomorrow possible.

    I hunted Green River Nov. 3rd/Friday. They open the season a day sooner than the rest of the state. Kinda wanted to hit the wild birds before the pressure hits. Saw one young bird. No tracks in the snow. I was surprised. One of the habitat workers out there said he saw a good number of hen's with broods this past summer so they're out there somewhere.

    I hit another area near the Illinois/Wisconsin boarder for wild birds. Again, snow on the ground. No tracks. This was a first for this area (with not seeing birds or at the least tracks). I think the snow may have moved the birds out or had them hunkered down somewhere.

    God willing I'll get out again this coming week.

    Anyone else get out at all and Ehudgens how did your SD trip turn out over all?
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    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 total, so not bad. His young female pointed her first bird, and fortunate enough to be a rooster, so that made the day.

    Corn is probably 95% out. Still a few fields in, but it was nice not having standing corn everywhere. Glad we got done early, started to drizzle about 11, so took a couple of hours to just drive around, and do some scouting. I need to secure a few more places to go. I really don't like hunting my sweet spots more than 2 to 3 times per year. Haven't been able to make it to my best honey hole yet. Standing corn opening weekend, and just a little too soft to drive to. I'm to old to get stuck.

    All in all a really fun day with some great dog work from my veteran, and the pups are coming along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehudgens View Post
    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 total, so not bad. His young female pointed her first bird, and fortunate enough to be a rooster, so that made the day.

    Corn is probably 95% out. Still a few fields in, but it was nice not having standing corn everywhere. Glad we got done early, started to drizzle about 11, so took a couple of hours to just drive around, and do some scouting. I need to secure a few more places to go. I really don't like hunting my sweet spots more than 2 to 3 times per year. Haven't been able to make it to my best honey hole yet. Standing corn opening weekend, and just a little too soft to drive to. I'm to old to get stuck.

    All in all a really fun day with some great dog work from my veteran, and the pups are coming along.
    I was out west of Kentland yesterday. Heard some shooting in Illinois and thought it might be you.

    We got a couple of cocks before the drizzle. Didn't see 10 total but that beat the skunk we had last year at these spots.

    Cover was better but had corn up next to it. Still a little snow and good # of tracks.

    Saw a nice buck and 4 beavers.

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    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 with does in the middle of fields. One was even laying down 200 yards from the road. Bi big bucks, but all respectable. They are definitely rutting. We were by the stateline north of Prairie Green, and around Wellington to.

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    Saw the first two pheasants I have ever seen on my family's property in Henry Co. today. Had two coveys of quail two years ago, but this year only one covey. At least it was a healthy covey +\- 15 birds. Missed the rooster getting up as I was watching the hen fly off in the other direction with my mouth agape. Scratched down 1 quail over a nice point, and decided to leave the singles alone for next time.

    Prior to the last three seasons it was a solid 10 years of never seeing one bird. Some CRP and a little sweat equity have paid off a little. No one would call it great hunting but its something.

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    That is great, need more of us to put in some sweat equity and make quality habitat. Great work!!

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    Thanks for posting all your reports. Please keep them coming when you get a chance. Maybe a few photos too if possible. Great to hear about the two pheasant on your families property Makintrax.

    Below are a few photos from a couple hunts here in N. Illinois thus far.


    The bird on the left has Manchurian blood lines hence the white cheek patch by his wattle. The bird on the right comes from the same area, but genetically from older/original bloodlines (of the wild pheasants) from this area. Both from this years hatch.

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    Uplandhntr/Mike shot this beautiful 2 year old wild rooster with me last week.
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    Beautiful colors.
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    Is he ready yet??
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    Quote Originally Posted by UplandHntr View Post
    Is he ready yet??
    Lol. Give me just a little more time.
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    Flying to the left again
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