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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteRevvv View Post
    Yup, birds are back in small numbers in areas that they had disappeared from last year. In all of central east river last year we only found two pockets of birds in numbers around Huron and Gettysburg. They are still in small pockets but there are many more of those. Found some birds near Redfield/Tulare, Chelsea/Cresbard, Ashton/Frankfort. 3-4 guys with 1-2 dogs over 4 days got 25 birds. Not enough numbers to consistently see birds out of the cover so Mon/Tue where hard hunting after the rest were educated over the weekend. The rest just disappeared into crops and never came back out. Maybe after a cool down period they will be back out but for now it looks like a long wait for crops to get out and/or snow to see success.
    I guess my take would be that if you shot that many birds w/ 1.5 dogs (ave.), that's fairly successful considering what the conditions have been, number of birds shot being more a function of # of dogs & birds & not necessarily # of guys. 4.2 birds/day/dog. Not bad. For 2 dogs over 4 days to get 48 roosters (6 birds/dog/day; 4 guys' limits), you'd have to be in areas with really good numbers w/ birds that are relatively easy to hunt. But yes, I think the birds are there (most places) & success will come easier later on.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Bird numbers were up and so was the crops, 4 hunters put down 25 birds but tues and wed were very poor weather conditions and shooting was poor, we did get 50 ducks over this time. We were unable to get on our private grounds which were still in crops so the 25 on public grounds was ok. We had great dog work and my pointer did fabulous and my labs and the other dogs did well. It was the poorest looking crops that I have ever seen and our farmer is worried about his herd and he may have to sell animals as they may not harvest crops until December and then he claims he will only get 80-90 bushels of corn per acre instead of the 200 normally. Water was great for the ducks and our ponds were almost full and had good cover around them. Was a better season than last year and will be better later this year. It does not look good for the farmers, one of the grain elevators has closed and it looks like others will follow suit. Seriously have to think about coming back later in the year, if it wasn't a 24 hr drive I would do it in a heart beat

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    Odd behavior from the birds recently. A lot of birds getting up out of the cattails with 4-6 inches of water. Birds are also sitting really tight in the wet areas. One things for sure, the 12pm start and standing corn makes it difficult to get birds before sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackstorm View Post
    Bird numbers were up and so was the crops, 4 hunters put down 25 birds but tues and wed were very poor weather conditions and shooting was poor, we did get 50 ducks over this time. We were unable to get on our private grounds which were still in crops so the 25 on public grounds was ok. We had great dog work and my pointer did fabulous and my labs and the other dogs did well. It was the poorest looking crops that I have ever seen and our farmer is worried about his herd and he may have to sell animals as they may not harvest crops until December and then he claims he will only get 80-90 bushels of corn per acre instead of the 200 normally. Water was great for the ducks and our ponds were almost full and had good cover around them. Was a better season than last year and will be better later this year. It does not look good for the farmers, one of the grain elevators has closed and it looks like others will follow suit. Seriously have to think about coming back later in the year, if it wasn't a 24 hr drive I would do it in a heart beat
    What part of the state did you hunt? Thanks

  5. #15
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    north central

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    2-3-2-1-2 was my bird count each day. It was hot windy and dry. Crops still heavy, maybe 10% off. Most all corn still in and just a fraction of the beans out. Sloughs had water, and so did the ditches. Bring a spare pair of boots and be prepared to walk, walk walk. My fit bit had me over 6 miles per day with a high of ten on Sunday. One dog and 5 days of hunting in the heat bout ruined both of us. See you in December!!!!! If you hunt public lands near Chamberlain and find a Garmin Astro missing the back cover....I bet it's mine, holler to claim your reward money.

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    Default My opener...

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    Limited out in about 20 minutes. Fastest hunt Iíve ever had. This was the hotly contested bismuth hunt for residents only. I flushed the first bird at about 10 yards. A rooster flushed with a hen and I nailed the rooster.

    The other two came about 15 minutes later as I was hustling out of the field due to the wave of blaze orange that was approaching. I was walking up a slough towards the truck when my dog flushed a group of four roosters. I dropped two and that was it for my opener.

    Thatís better than I did ALL of last season. SD has been good to me and my dogs.

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    Isn't that the way it is?Sometimes you walk miles, and don't shoot.Sometimes you walk for 5 minutes, and limit out, you just never know. Has a lot to do with weather, hunting preasure, wind, farming.I know of a huge cornfield out here that has to have a lot of birds, but getting permission will be difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    Isn't that the way it is?Sometimes you walk miles, and don't shoot.Sometimes you walk for 5 minutes, and limit out, you just never know. Has a lot to do with weather, hunting preasure, wind, farming.I know of a huge cornfield out here that has to have a lot of birds, but getting permission will be difficult.
    A sleave of TopFlights & a 12 pk of PBR should cover it GM. Good luck!

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    Lol, I might try the nick Faldo routine on this one, if I can figure out who owns it, then catching him at home.Montana isn't like South Dakota, in that most farms don't charge money to hunt.It is getting more difficult to get on private land, and I'm not sure why.

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