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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyB View Post
    Where hunting - SW? W? Can you help us a bit?

    Thanks
    no big deal, you asked where I was hunting and if I could help out a bit...again, I know it is a big area, but you get the point...again, I would prefer below average areas that had corn out at this point...unless you want to wait for the last 30 minutes of the day...

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    Or better yet.. I always hit areas with NO corn nearby early in the season..most beans are out and good cover near cut beans means birds in the bag. And I often opt for large wild cover areas with no crops around at all- and regularly kill roosters feeding on hoppers, weed seeds, wild berries, etc. This is going to be a great season!! My lab and I limited in 7 minutes Saturday and in 20 minutes today. Flushed lots of birds-mostly young ones - with no corn in sight..😊

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    our group of 8 ran two labs for about 4 hours Saturday before the rain started. We flushed probably 10-12 birds total and put 5 in the bag. got a bit of a late start however as a cousin dropped a nice 8 point buck with the bow right after sun up so we helped him get that thing cleaned up and hung before starting to push birds.

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    I saw three other groups of hunters in the area I was at. I wasn't hunting the pheasant hot bed. I was actually surprised to see that many. I stuck to hunting around the family farm because I knew with the number of hunters out for opener and the amount of crops still standing it probably wasn't worth my time driving 3 hours to fight for spots. Hunted a mix of public and private. Saw 4 roosters, 6 hens in about 5 hours of walking. Rain forced me to call the day short. Got one rooster. It was a young bird. I know there were more but with the crops to hide and run into it was tough going. My dog really wanted to go out into the beans but those birds were on the move and with one guy I had no shot. I did see one rooster that got up about 70 yards out. It was a really nice bird. Definitely not a first year bird. I guess there is a reason he is still around. Overall I think this is going to be at least as good as last year if not better.

    B-B Not sure about JonnyB's true motives but I took his asking more as a feeler on where there was a density of hunters out and about. Just seems odd that in some areas there are a plethora of hunters and in another virtually none. I will be getting out to the SW portion later this fall but I am waiting until the crops are out.

    Great start to the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokyhillsguide View Post
    Or better yet.. I always hit areas with NO corn nearby early in the season..most beans are out and good cover near cut beans means birds in the bag. And I often opt for large wild cover areas with no crops around at all- and regularly kill roosters feeding on hoppers, weed seeds, wild berries, etc. This is going to be a great season!! My lab and I limited in 7 minutes Saturday and in 20 minutes today. Flushed lots of birds-mostly young ones - with no corn in sight..��
    Congratulations! Good suggestion re hunting No Corn areas...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rude One View Post
    I saw three other groups of hunters in the area I was at. I wasn't hunting the pheasant hot bed. I was actually surprised to see that many. I stuck to hunting around the family farm because I knew with the number of hunters out for opener and the amount of crops still standing it probably wasn't worth my time driving 3 hours to fight for spots. Hunted a mix of public and private. Saw 4 roosters, 6 hens in about 5 hours of walking. Rain forced me to call the day short. Got one rooster. It was a young bird. I know there were more but with the crops to hide and run into it was tough going. My dog really wanted to go out into the beans but those birds were on the move and with one guy I had no shot. I did see one rooster that got up about 70 yards out. It was a really nice bird. Definitely not a first year bird. I guess there is a reason he is still around. Overall I think this is going to be at least as good as last year if not better.

    B-B Not sure about JonnyB's true motives but I took his asking more as a feeler on where there was a density of hunters out and about. Just seems odd that in some areas there are a plethora of hunters and in another virtually none. I will be getting out to the SW portion later this fall but I am waiting until the crops are out.

    Great start to the season.

    you are probably correct...my apologies...i spend a lot of time on Upland Journal.com, and "hot spotting" is a major sensitivity...no epiphany, I realize, but the farther you get from decent sized towns, the better...there were other hunters staying at the motel where I was, but not too many...maybe 7-8 groups, according to the owner of the motel...I did chat with a few of the guys...
    Last edited by benelli-banger; 10-16-2017 at 01:21 PM.

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