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    Quote Originally Posted by quail hound View Post
    We had a very successful opening morning today. We got our limits and my puppy tracked a rooster over 100yds before pinning it for her first ever rooster.

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    Congrats. Where at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewmanCA View Post
    Congrats. Where at?
    Up north. Hunting Kesterson tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quail hound View Post
    Up north. Hunting Kesterson tomorrow.
    Hi Robert,

    I think you will do okay at Kesterson. Stay away from China Island. It was really bad. We only saw one bird in one spot that were flushed by a large group. Otherwise nothing. Only 5 pheasants taken on the opener at China Island. That is really bad. I should have known better with the refuge flooded out last winter it was going to be a bad year. I am going to try San Luis NWR later in the season.

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    There were definitely birds out there, it was just too warm to hunt too long. Lady ran 15.8 miles, pointed two covies of quail, and had a point that produced eight hen pheasants. As they had our attention two roosters snuck out the end just out of range. We also had two more roosters that flushed wild as lady tracked them. No shots fired today but it sure beat going to work.

    Here's lady pointing a single quail after the covey rise.

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    We had our asses thoroughly kicked yesterday. Hunted the old dog for an hour and the pup for three without moving a bird. My spots seemed pretty good and seeing some weedy standing wheat in some of them was a nice change but we just weren't there when the pheasants were. The day ended when I tweaked my knee a bit in a furrow that I couldn't see in a pasture. That's hunting for you huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quail hound View Post
    We had our asses thoroughly kicked yesterday. Hunted the old dog for an hour and the pup for three without moving a bird. My spots seemed pretty good and seeing some weedy standing wheat in some of them was a nice change but we just weren't there when the pheasants were. The day ended when I tweaked my knee a bit in a furrow that I couldn't see in a pasture. That's hunting for you huh?

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    I have had similar experiences thus far for pheasant season on the Grassland refuges. I am hoping it is just too dry and an intersection problem. Then again, I am always overly optimistic. Most people who aren't pheasant hunters and have tried it think I am completely insane. Then I take them chukar hunting and they KNOW I am insane.

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    That was the first time I remember not seeing a bird but I know they're there so we'll take the goid with the bad. Much better than staying home anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quail hound View Post
    That was the first time I remember not seeing a bird but I know they're there so we'll take the goid with the bad. Much better than staying home anyways.
    Absolutely. The dog doesn't know the difference and they are just having fun being out there and looking for scent. I should take a cue from my dog and just enjoy the wetlands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enzinn View Post
    Absolutely. The dog doesn't know the difference and they are just having fun being out there and looking for scent. I should take a cue from my dog and just enjoy the wetlands.
    I was tempted to take the springer back out and shoot a handful of snipe for him, poor dog is getting the short end as I've really been running the pup a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quail hound View Post
    I was tempted to take the springer back out and shoot a handful of snipe for him, poor dog is getting the short end as I've really been running the pup a lot.
    So you noticed the same thing I did - the snipe are in early and there are shit tons of them. I am going to try to work the cover for pheasants along the slough on southwestern Salt Slough WA tomorrow, starting right at the check station parking lot and working north. I am sure the dog and I will be hot and exhausted after three or four hours of that (supposed to be 75 degrees tomorrow). I am going to bring a box or two of #7 steel and head for Parking Lot B after that - they hogged out all the cover northwest of the parking lot and are currently flooding that up, with the end result being hundreds, if not more, of snipe using that area. The dog will be absolutely ecstatic at the shooting and hopefully I can hit a few to give her a retrieve and have an appetizer for the evening.

    Of course, now that I said that, I will head out there and they will have moved to somewhere else.

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