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    Quote Originally Posted by TBIRD19 View Post
    Can somebody define or help me picture the term "draw". Ive heard it used multiple times on this site and through years of pheasant hunting but I guess I never really asked what that is, until now where guys are using the term and I'm having a hard time picturing what that means in pheasant/landscape language. Not trying to steer away from the original topic of this thread, a short answer works. Help me out.
    Usually describes a linear lower land feature in the landscape. Waterway, small valley, low spot in field that runs a ways...Least that's what it means to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumboot View Post
    Usually describes a linear lower land feature in the landscape. Waterway, small valley, low spot in field that runs a ways...Least that's what it means to me.
    Works for me! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKelly View Post
    I've been wearing a blaze orange hat and a vest with blaze orange on it for the last 23 years. I've also been hunting South Dakota for the last 23 years, and up until the last few years, there has been so many damn pheasants it hasn't mattered.

    I know the place we hunt will be loaded with pheasants again this year, but I think most of them will be wise old pheasants. At the same place last year we tried several unsuccessful ambush attacks on a few small draws. Before we could even get within 10 yards of the draws, the birds were already busting out of the far back corner and I know they didn't hear us. All the draws are lower and I'm sure they see us as soon as we start walking down into the draws.

    I'm having a hell of a time finding a camo vest. Most of the camo vests are for dove hunting and are extremely light weight.
    IMO, sometimes they just know when someone is in their backyard. Call it one of the mysteries of nature.?? Maybe they see ya, maybe they hear ya, both of which is underestimated by many hunters. The more birds in the field the spookier they become. All it takes is one old rooster who's been around the block a few times to recognize when somethings up to bring the rest of them with him.

    I kind of liken it to the days when I used to chase Snow Geese. Everyone used to say they are incredibly smart and weary. We'll ... yes but the other part of the equation is they are grouped up in large numbers with lots eyes looking at ya and some of those older adult birds that have been up and down the flyway so many times that when they spot something that doesn't look right the whole flock listens.

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    I shoot a couple of benefit tower or european shoots a year. Fresh out of the pen flying pheasants will avoid your peg if you wear bright colors or move before they are in range. They are just that smart. Its why they are so fun to hunt.

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    BKelly, I have not taken the opportunity to hunt in CO., I mostly stick to Nebraska and Kansas. I looked at the Kansas regs and could not find anything where blaze orange is mandatory. Since I hunt solo a bunch I might try one of those spots where the birds dump out the opposite end as I enter the far end. I am always quiet and try to walk in the wind. Maybe someone else will chime in on the subject.
    Bilbo Baggins

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    Late season I have had guys hang their blaze orange on fence post and hide in between where they hung them and did quite well.

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    Clever, I've used trucks, never thought of this. A guy can always learn something

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    I like the blaze orange hat trick for posting. I'm always doing the damn back and forth shuffle when posting because the birds are always busting opposite corner.

    I couldn't find anything in the SD hunting regulations regarding blaze orange. I've hunted with the same guys for a few decades, so I'm not worried about them not seeing me, and shooting me.

    If anyone knows of a good non blaze orange vest, I'd love a recommendation. All I have found so far is dove hunting vests.

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    Wing Works makes a non orange vest.

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    I also believe they can see blaze orange.

    Furthermore, one the recent outdoor rags claimed that their feet are particularly sensitive to vibration. So now we have to worry about being seen, heard (because we know they hear pretty well too), and FELT. It's amazing we're able to kill a few.

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