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  1. #81

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    Finish my season yesterday with a three bird limit, one real bruiser with hooked spurs(wish I knew how to share pictures to this site). I felt the season was a success with plenty of bird contacts throughout the season. Good luck for the last few days of the season be safe and have fun.

  2. #82

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    Just my opinion, but the DNR needs to open the season a week later in October and extend it a week longer in January. In a warming climate, we are having much more mild Octobers than we used to, not to mention its a sea of corn. Its time to adjust the season accordingly. Iowa and South Dakota both open later than ours and stay open a week longer in January, there's no reason they can't do that here.

  3. #83
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    I agree with you, except they should just extend it. Little harm to the birds to open it when they do, and its nicer to hunt then.

  4. #84
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    I completely agree with you on this gimruis. It seems like the last couple years most of October was pretty much worthless. Between the heat, and crops still in the field it isn't worth your time. I feel like many states go through MLK day. In WA they always started around the second weekend in October and went to MLK day. I like the idea of opening later and going one more week. The cold sucks right now but I would rather hunt now than the conditions we have been having in October.

  5. #85

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    I agree that a longer season would be nice some years. In fact I'm old enough to remember when pheasant season opened a week later than it does now and closed in early-mid December. I believe they moved the opener up a week (around the late '80s?) so it would be open for the MEA Thursday-Friday break, since that's such a traditional hunting weekend in MN, especially for school-age kids. I've been hunting MEA weekend since I was 12 or 13 years old and it continues to be an awesome 4-day October hunting weekend which I look forward to to this day. I always took my son hunting at that time, still see other youth out there with their Dads enjoying the break. I wouldn't mind a week longer season as some years the weather is decent, but I for one would really miss being able to hunt pheasants on the MEA Thursday-Friday since I traditionally take that whole week off for a duck/pheasant combo hunt in western MN. It's a numbers game and always will be. Not many hunters are out there in December, and shaving a week or two from October and adding it in January would surely result in even less participation, and less license sales, fewer PF memberships, etc. -- which means less money for habitat and ultimately less pheasants. I can recall many late pheasant seasons like this year when it was all but impossible to get out at all due to below zero weather, frigid wind chills, and/or deep snow with many side roads drifted shut, cattail sloughs with 6 foot drifts surround them, etc. -- some even when the season closed in the second week in December. I do love late season hunting, but I don't agree that October is worthless for pheasant hunting. Seems we still have some cool, frosty mornings most years, and I enjoy hunting in 50-60 degree temps in light easy to walk grassy cover, light clothing, jumping some bonus mallards from a creek, taking a naps in the afternoon sun, etc. October for me is always very productive. In fact this year I failed to shoot my 2 birds on only one outing. I stay well away from the corn and always seem to find plenty of birds feeding on other foods. The wide-spread belief that "all the birds are in the corn" is BS in my opinion. And don't forget that a there are a good many of us who love the variety of being able to hunt ducks in the morning and pheasants in the afternoon. Same goes for many ND hunters - they even open earlier than we do. I would support a week or two longer season as it wouldn't hurt the population and some years the weather does allow us to get out there, but shortening the season in October would be huge mistake and I believe most hunters along with MNDNR would agree.
    Last edited by Smokyhillsguide; 01-04-2018 at 11:12 AM.

  6. #86

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    My bet is the DNR would not consider extending the season or delaying the opener - but how about having a split season like we do for ducks? Close the season for nine days during deer season and add those nine days to January. A lot of pheasant hunters wouldn't miss those nine days because they also hunt deer, and I know of pheasant hunters who avoid deer season for several very good reasons. Safety is the main one. Drives, deer running helter skelter, slugs flying around - not the best place to be out with your dogs. The other is that many land owners allow pheasant hunters, but are very protective of their property during deer season. Best to keep the farmers happy and avoid any conflicts. A bunch of hunters and dogs can really mess up a deer hunt. I've made it a point in the past to remind farmer friends who let me pheasant hunt that I won't be around during deer season. I even avoid working private land the week before deer season so as not to chase deer off their property. I know of at least one other state that closes pheasant during deer season. Makes a lot of sense to me.

  7. #87

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    No need for splits.

    Splits are used for waterfowl because the Federal Government dictates the number of days that each state can be open for ducks. Liberal season (good to excellent duck numbers and anticipated reproduction) for MS Flyway states such as Minnesota is 60 days. Minnesota is free to set the their season dates from mid-September through end of January. Splits allow season to span longer across the calendar and some may argue allow ducks to rebuild populations in heavily hunted areas. By creating zones and splits a state can have longer seasons ... but still 60 days in any given spot.

    Pheasant season is state controlled. Start the season when most roosters are mature enough to identify and some crops are coming off. Close the season when you think the population has had enough pressure.

    Opener date is fine for MN.

    Extending the season later is up for debate. If they extended the dates further into January and snow cover / temps allowed me to hunt, I would go out.
    Last edited by BRITTMAN; 01-04-2018 at 05:28 PM.

  8. #88

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    What state closes their pheasant season during deer season ??

    For that matter ... what state has split seasons on any upland game specie ??



    I kill quite a few (very high success rate) roosters during deer season (week day hunts only). Mostly public land and have never seen a deer hunter out after 9AM. There are some deer hunters out on stands later in the day ... but then so are a few bow hunters during other times in the fall ...

    Never seen a deer drive where I hunt pheasants during deer season. Never a conflict. Never been in a position of feeling unsafe for people or dogs.
    Last edited by BRITTMAN; 01-04-2018 at 05:30 PM.

  9. #89

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    I'm well aware of the reason for waterfowl splits. Just know our DNR well enough to be pretty sure they wouldn't go for a longer season than we now have. Especially since it has already been extended considerably in the past. Just saying that if we had to give up some days to extend it at the end I could easily give up deer season since I never hunt then anyway. Where I hunt there have been landowner conflicts involving pheasant hunters during deer season. I'll never forget the time an adjacent farmer to yhe land we were hunting approached us with concern of the upcoming deer season as he had permission to hunt the same land for deer. When I assured him we would be gone well before deer season he breathed a sigh of relief, smiled, and said we could hunt HIS wetlands for pheasants and ducks whenever we wished, opening up a whole new spot to us! Go a bit north in WC where there's more deer and there can be conflicts with deer and pheasnts. Not sure where, but I believe I recently read about a state with a closed pheasant season during deer - maybe it was Texas? I'll try to find where I saw that.
    Last edited by Smokyhillsguide; 01-04-2018 at 06:21 PM.

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    Pennsylvania has split seasons for small game including ruffed grouse and pheasants, presumably due to deer season. There may be more..

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