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    Default Habitat Burns

    Crews have been in both SE and SW Michigan the past few weeks doing habitat burns for pheasant cover. More crews are down there this coming week too. I have attached some photos from the burns I was on in SW Michigan. Reports from the crews more bird were seen in SE Michigan.
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    River - 3 yr old English Setter
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Bella - 5 yr old Brittany
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Ellie - 6 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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    Very encouraging! I'd like to see even more controlled burns - long overdue.
    Thanks for posting!
    Frank

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    It should go on for the rest of this month and possibly parts of May. Generally one team in SE and one in SW. Such a great tool to manage habitat.
    River - 3 yr old English Setter
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Bella - 5 yr old Brittany
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Ellie - 6 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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    Nice work and pics. Burns are simply great management. Many have fears out there but that is human nature.

    Nature used burns before we did. Big lesson there.

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    Thanks UGUIDE, fire is such a great tool. Amazing how our habitat changed once we started suppressing fire on the landscape. But you are right fire is a nasty four letter word that scares a lot of people.

    Just returned from burning just shy of 600 acres in northern Michigan, not pheasant habitat but our grouse and woodcock will like it. Hope the spring out there is going well and conducive to good nesting.
    River - 3 yr old English Setter
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Bella - 5 yr old Brittany
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Ellie - 6 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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    Where were the burns in SE?

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    Several games area such as verona and fish point among others.
    River - 3 yr old English Setter
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Bella - 5 yr old Brittany
    http://gundogcentral.com/view_pedigr...&generations=5
    Ellie - 6 yr old Yellow Lab
    Jazi - 12/30/2005 -- 10/13/2017
    Kaci - 3/23/01 - -10/8/15

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    they been burning Verona for the last 3 years. It needed it.

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    Was up there this weekend. Seen and heard the fewest turkeys in a long time. They have been burning fields the last 3 years. Sometimes too late. Found a field on sat that was recently burnt. Found a burned up turkey nest eggs were charred, now I know why I have seen less turkeys every year. Plus they have a major coon problem in that area.

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    Tom, what species of grass we talking in these burns? Looked pretty flat before it burned. Are the vortecs indicating unstable conditions during the burns? Couldn't tell from the pics if they might have been 2 fire lines coming together or instability. Keep after it!
    Trust the dog!

    Troy Smith

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