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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtTheMurph View Post
    I have people tell me all the time that there aren't any birds left.
    Me too Murph. I think it's due to seldom, to never seeing the buggers crossing roads anymore, or cackling out in the open during the spring time mating seasons. The birds we have today are ghosts. To see them they need to be flushed.

    Obviously bird numbers are way down from what they were, but you are correct, they are out there. Proof is in your photos

    Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miforester View Post
    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.
    I have heard that there are a number o birds in NE Indiana. I've even seen two dead cocks on the side of I69 north of Fort Wayne in the last couple of years.

    I have never seen even one on the side of I65 in NW Indiana, nor have I ever seen a flying pheasant in that area, and I know there are birds there. (but maybe they are all chopped up by the windmills?)

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    Today was the last day of the Indiana pheasant season.

    Got a chance to get out with 3 guys in Benton County. Didn't kill any birds but saw about 25. Badly missed one cock that should have been a gimme but was taking off my gloves when POW, off he goes.

    Saw three deer, a coyote and surprise surprise, 2 quail! Yes only 2 but in Benton Co I haven't seen any quail in years. Nice to see and hope there were more around that we didn't bump.

    And my dog chased down a running hen, pinned it and held a frozen point while we walked 200yds to him. (should have had a camera.)

    A few more weeks to hunt IL then the season will be over far too fast.

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    I was able to make it back to Indiana this past weekend to hunt with my dad and son. Weather was way to nice, pushing 70. We hunted 3 hours Saturday and 2 hours Sunday at pigeon river. Never saw a single bird. Deer hunted evening and morning in good bird habitat but never heard any cackle either. However, birds would have been nice but it was about being in the fields with 3 generations of bird hunters.
    River - 2 yr old English Setter
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    Bella - 4 yr old Brittany
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    Ellie - 5 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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