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  1. #11
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    Feb 2011
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    Grimes, IA
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    4 trips for 4 limits and in 209 Main for lunch. Finding great numbers of birds on private and my setter has been on fire lately. Thanksgiving weekend was a bust but for some reason it always is....

  2. #12
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    Nov 2010
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    fort dodge iowa (webster county)
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    I have been out a few times been extremely busy...a couple times the birds was flying way ahead of me was walking ditches...this weekend I went out and walked some tall crp fields I shouldn't have done it...got a rooster up made good shot on him he came down I seen right where he came down at I walked all over looking for a downed bird could not find him was kind of bummed would have been my 2nd one ever shot...no I do not have a dog I'm on my own that's why I stick to ditches

  3. #13
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    Nov 2014
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    Benton County, IA
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    Hunt all public, mostly in the Benton county and surrounding area. Really has been very dependent on where I am, hit and miss. With the exception of a few areas that I pretty well know are going to be busts (just close enough to the house for short hunts/exercise and who knows, might get lucky) I have been able to get birds up. Hunting young dogs so, being somewhat choosy on what shots I take (doesn't seem to help my shooting too much though), I usually get a decent shot on a bird every few hours of walking sometimes better. Hit some good looking areas couple weeks ago (including some beautiful looking IHAP) and could have limited before lunch with better shooting all on good points (sorry pups). Been several hunts where limits could be had on wild or bumped birds, (maybe I should revisit my shooting policy) seems I mostly get out for short hunts before or after work when here in Iowa. It has been enough to keep me interested while I'm around, seems on my days off I end up elsewhere. Did have one hunt in NC IA, airing the dogs before dark on a road trip to Montana killed one and had a jam on the double attempt and passed on a pretty close wild flush all in an hour or so with a few hen/runner points spread throughout probably saw 10-15 in a field that just looked ok, just pulled over and put the dogs down, never been there before. Got some days off unexpectedly the next few days, itching for maybe a SD trip, maybe hit an area or two on the way across the state. Hope everybody's season is treating them well.

  4. #14
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    Jul 2014
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    Iowa
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    I wasn't believing the DNR roadside counts indicating a decline here in SC Iowa over the summer since the conditions were so good, but everyday that I walk I am starting to think they may not have calculated enough of a decline in the numbers. We (2 guys) are averaging a rooster (this would be a as in 1) every 6.7 miles(2x6.7=13.4??). We may try walking 6 miles to our hunting spots to increase our chances.

  5. #15
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    Oct 2009
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    I'm south central iowa also,,, runnells area not good at all around here. went out today and nothing not one single point. all the birds ive shot this year have been around north central iowa. this includes private land it hasn't been much better. with all the habitat loss over the years and 5 years of harsh weather,,,im thinking this may be the new normal. I hope I'm wrong.

  6. #16
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    Nov 2014
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    Benton County, IA
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    Spent ~3 days over this past weekend up in NW/NC IA. Initially was heading to SD but on the way decided to make a trip out of public land Northern IA. First evening got out at ~0230 Hardin Co., wind was blowing with a few snow flurries hunting patch of CRP with nice little belt of cedars in middle, birds were wild not sitting for point older dog and 1.5 yr old had one pinned pretty good but by the time I reached them the rooster circled to the road ditch and got up behind me, just saw him as he was out of range. Followed the shelter belt on down and had a miss on a wild flush. Put the pup on the ground and she worked a bird, pointing and relocating, for about 75 yd. He got up a little ahead but, not seeing me, circled right back in range. Circling back to the truck saw a bird get up that looked a little crippled so marked him and circled the pup downwind to a nice point, shot and retrieve. Next day, cold morning, started with a few spots in Clay Co. focusing on the cattails and cut corn with little success, three spots all before noon with no points and one miss on a wild flush. Moved on east to Emmet Co. put the oldest dog down and started into an area of crp/cattails around small ponds bordering crop ground. About 5 min had a point on the edge of some cattails. Got up there and the dog released and started forward and bumped up first bird first shot missed, second down. As I headed to down bird second got up out of cattails and dropped him. Day ended with probably best point of the day by 1.5 yr old as I was headed out and about 10 minutes after shooting hours, bummer. Saturday morning in Kossuth , cold with snow starting to blow, tried dodging deer hunters to not impede on anyone's shotgun season. Found a little marshy spot that produced some good hen points and one wild rooster who almost swung into range. Moved south to a nice area of cattails nestled in some crp and draws, snow really starting to come down, birds wild with the exception of a couple hens, two roosters bumped in the cattails within range one missed one down. Probably saw ~15 birds, 3-4 roosters. Went east to an area I had hit in the past, snow had the grass laid over and the hens were holding up underneath. Worked a few good hen points then a rooster gets up under my feet, knock him down send the 1.5 yr old for the retrieve and the pup comes from downwind and hits point for a second when rooster 2 gets up and I wing him. Pup does a good tracking job and delivers the bird pretty well, done at about 2:00.

  7. #17
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    Nov 2014
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    Benton County, IA
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    Last morning Winnebago Co. ~5 in of powder on the ground head into a marshy draw, shrubs and cattails, within three minutes rooster gets up wild or bumped and ~5 hens altogether come out. Hit another little cattail patch with no success. Move south to an area of similar cover see 1 rooster and have a few hen points ~10 birds seen. Drive on to Hancock Co. and hit an area of crp with some standing corn around 11:30. All three dogs down, pup hits point about 50 yds in, hen gets out of snow laden grass. Continue hunting grass patches all 3 dogs hitting hen points (~5) then successive rooster points by oldest dog and pup first goes down second goes free on a little unsteady backing and my worst shooting of the trip. Continue skirting the corn in grass patches and get about 8-10 more points on hens and oldest dog bumps up another rooster in range. End around 2:00 with 2 and a bad miss that should have been 3. First time I have ever had to reach down and pick up a wild hen and toss her to keep the dogs from getting her.

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