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  1. #21
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    I had little luck Saturday. 1 rooster bagged. I had 8 miles logged. Trigger had at least double that. Felt bad we couldnít get more. Thatís terrible to hear spirit lake area is struggling as well.

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    Went a hair bit south today and put down 3 roosters. We flushed 6 but only had shots on 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanstiss View Post
    I had little luck Saturday. 1 rooster bagged. I had 8 miles logged. Trigger had at least double that. Felt bad we couldnít get more. Thatís terrible to hear spirit lake area is struggling as well.
    Kanstiss, how long does it take you to hunt 8 miles & what kind of dog is Trigger (assuming that's not your horse)? Just curious.
    Thanks!

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    That was hunting from 8-12 with maybe 15 minutes or so if break in the middle. We probably went 3/4 of a mile once we got back to east side of the state and hunted until 4:30. Trigger is a chocolate lab.

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    Finished with 4. Put up a bunch more roosters. Seems like theyíre holding in groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanstiss View Post
    That was hunting from 8-12 with maybe 15 minutes or so if break in the middle. We probably went 3/4 of a mile once we got back to east side of the state and hunted until 4:30. Trigger is a chocolate lab.
    Kanstiss, please don't take this as being overly critical. Just trying to be helpful. I fully realize I have no idea what your experience level is, what types of cover you were hunting, or prevailing bird numbers. And I'm not sure I understand your pace, but it seems like you're saying you did 8 miles in about 4 hours. Or 2 miles/hour. If so, you might consider slowing down a bit. Not to sound like a braggart, but I'm usually pretty successful hunting alone w/ my springer. Much of my hunting results in my average pace being 1.5 mph or even less. Doesn't sound like much until you think about it. In only an hour, you'd be at least 1/2 mile ahead of me. I'm by no means an expert on hunting pointers, but I do know flushers. You've got to let them hunt while you just follow along & watch....VERY attentively. When you say Trigger may have put on twice your mileage, I have no idea how accurate that is. But I'm guessing my springer puts on easily 5 times my mileage. I'm not saying springers cover more ground than labs. I'm saying I go real slow (and quiet!!) & let him hunt. Which kind of leads to a related topic. You'll hear lots of guys say, "Always follow your dog." My interpretation of that is NOT to let him out & blindly follow him wherever he happens to go. You've got to be the one who puts him in the right type of cover at the right time and keep him on track. But along the way, always TRUST your dog!! That's my interpretation. If he goes "over there a little", it's probably for a reason & you've got to stay with him. But then come back & pick up your route. If he's stuck on a particular clump of weeds & doesn't want to leave the area, it's probably for a reason. Let him tear it apart until he's satisfied. There's a bunch more strategy I won't get into here. But there's my long-winded way of suggesting that you try slowing yourself down a little. Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A5 Sweet 16 View Post
    Kanstiss, please don't take this as being overly critical. Just trying to be helpful. I fully realize I have no idea what your experience level is, what types of cover you were hunting, or prevailing bird numbers. And I'm not sure I understand your pace, but it seems like you're saying you did 8 miles in about 4 hours. Or 2 miles/hour. If so, you might consider slowing down a bit. Not to sound like a braggart, but I'm usually pretty successful hunting alone w/ my springer. Much of my hunting results in my average pace being 1.5 mph or even less. Doesn't sound like much until you think about it. In only an hour, you'd be at least 1/2 mile ahead of me. I'm by no means an expert on hunting pointers, but I do know flushers. You've got to let them hunt while you just follow along & watch....VERY attentively. When you say Trigger may have put on twice your mileage, I have no idea how accurate that is. But I'm guessing my springer puts on easily 5 times my mileage. I'm not saying springers cover more ground than labs. I'm saying I go real slow (and quiet!!) & let him hunt. Which kind of leads to a related topic. You'll hear lots of guys say, "Always follow your dog." My interpretation of that is NOT to let him out & blindly follow him wherever he happens to go. You've got to be the one who puts him in the right type of cover at the right time and keep him on track. But along the way, always TRUST your dog!! That's my interpretation. If he goes "over there a little", it's probably for a reason & you've got to stay with him. But then come back & pick up your route. If he's stuck on a particular clump of weeds & doesn't want to leave the area, it's probably for a reason. Let him tear it apart until he's satisfied. There's a bunch more strategy I won't get into here. But there's my long-winded way of suggesting that you try slowing yourself down a little. Best of luck!
    I am a very fast walker, I will start by saying that. My wife wont even walk with me at malls/stores because I move pretty quick haha. I dont disagree with anything you're saying. The dog may have put on 5 times as much. Im not too sure as I dont track it with a GPS collar. There was some other individuals in the field as well. We tried to cover the areas the best we could without interfering with the other individuals. Once the other hunters would leave an area we would come into the same area a little later and try our luck. Some resulted in hen flushes. The other individuals were also having a slow day as well. One other hunter bagged one bird out on that land that morning. A group of hunters came out around 11:30 or so and took some shots at some roosters near a creek on the property. Im not sure if they bagged any or not. We also walked that creek line and the dog didnt get any birdiness around the area. I did see some birds wild flush across this creek though earlier in the morning, so I planned on hitting the other side up later in the morning when we made it back around, well those other hunters beat me to it and I'm assuming they were shooting at said roosters that we seen earlier. As far as experience level, 3rd year pheasant hunting. So not very seasoned. Still learning and getting around to areas.
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    I'm going to cheat and copy and paste a reply I posted in another thread...

    Snuck out today again (big public area)... big fat zero. :/ Haven't had one of those in a while (I hunt all over). Saw a few but not much. Expected to see a few more birds with much of the corn out.... but that certainly wasn't the case. The kicker is there was nobody else down there other than another single and a group of five hunters I saw on the way out. I hunted for about 4-5 hours running two dogs (10 miles for me... 10 miles for my old pooch and 17 miles for my 2 yr old). I've had ok luck in the past... but boy, today was tough. I made one other trip that way last week and about the same... came home with the only bird I had a chance to shoot. Likely won't be heading back until winter settles in with tougher conditions and see the majority of the hunters hanging it up for the season. I'm starting to believe our numbers aren't what some have said... I put in enough miles on foot that we generally always come home with our 3 birds even in the toughest conditions... and I've only shot 4 in our 3 trips this season, weird. Not trying to be a Debbie Downer... lol... just speaking of my experience so far.

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    I hunted a 1/2 day Tuesday in South Central, IA on some public; just me walking into the wind slow and steady, no dog. I kicked up 4 roosters and one hen. No shots fired as three were just out of range and one had flew dead between me and a guy on his tractor on some adjacent private ground. Oh well, a great day to be out anyway and nice to see some birds. I'm sure I walked by quite a few more. I need to get my "newer" pup out one of these days with me.

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    just one piece of advice.............slow down. Your dog will sense your pace and move even faster......i guarantee you, in tough scenting conditions especially, you and your canine are walking by birds!!

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