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    Default 2015 Season

    Didn't get out for IN pheasants but gave some SE Indiana quail a chance last Sunday.

    Hunted three spots and kicked up one covey. One of our perennial hot spots has been bush hogged to nothing with no grain fields nearby.... Nothing but a deer bed now.

    Heading out to pheasant hunt next Wed in Newton and Benton counties. Hoping for good weather and good luck.
    Last edited by AtTheMurph; 11-19-2015 at 04:48 PM.

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    Let us know how it goes and Good Luck!

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    The first three Indiana cocks ever posted here! A 4th was bagged shortly after this photo was taken.

    Hunted in 30-40mph sustained winds. Couldn't hear but we were able to get close enough to bag 4 birds. I suspected the total would be zero. Usually where we hunt if it is that windy the birds flush wild and are out of range in .2 seconds.

    3 birds were from 1 ditch in Newton County (pictured) and 1 came from 2nd place we hunted in Benton Co. The one in the center was a mature cock with 20 inch tail feather.
    Last edited by AtTheMurph; 11-19-2015 at 04:49 PM.

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    That's some fine hunting!

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    Thanks for sharing..we have been waiting a long time for a picture of a Indiana rooster! Sounds like you earned them the hard way!

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    Very nice. Congrats on your first IN roosters

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    Murph (or whoever is doing it for you) is getting dangerous with posting photos. lol

    Nice birds. Your right too. This is the first posted wild Indy birds---I think on the web. I remember google/imaging wild pheasants/Indiana a couple years back and nothing came up. Maybe that's changed since.

    Nick
    "Through license fees and excise tax on arms and gear, sportsmen contribute over $200 million per year for wildlife conservation programs" (U.S. fish and wildlife service)

    http://www.pheasantfreaks.com

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    Good looking birds, when I was at Purdue we ventured up to Fowler and had really good luck, but that was back in the late 80's.
    River - 2 yr old English Setter
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Bella - 4 yr old Brittany
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Ellie - 5 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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    The last spot we hunted was 7 miles from Fowler close to the state line.

    I have people tell me all the time that there aren't any birds left. I always wonder if they are comparing the present to the past or if they don't know what a bird looks like any longer?

    We always find birds. The hard part is finding cover. One of my favorite ditches has almost no cover left. But driving around the area I see plenty of places that I know will hold plenty of birds, but I don't have permission to hunt and it's very hard to get.

    But I think that means far fewer hunters. The only other guys I have seen in three days was one group opening morning in IL, NE of Milford, IL. That might have been Hudgens.
    Last edited by AtTheMurph; 11-23-2015 at 10:45 AM.

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    When I left Indiana the population was pretty good in the northern tier of the state, I hunted alot of private in NE Indiana as well as pigeon river and we always did well. That was back in the early 90's. Haven't been back since to hunt birds. Hoping to get my dad and so out this December for a 3 generation hunt, may be one of the last times my dad is able to get out.
    River - 2 yr old English Setter
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Bella - 4 yr old Brittany
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Ellie - 5 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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