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  1. #1
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    Default Opening day reports?

    Tough start for me by Burlington. Just didn't seem to be that many birds around. Residual snow from last storm lasted half the day, and saw very few tracks even. Others I spoke to seemed similar results.

    Managed to scratch 1 out on 3 chances. Always good for exercise and good time with the pup.

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    Same story for me, without the success. Hunted in the Haxtun area, flushed 1 hen and 1 rooster all day. The rooster flushed about 10 yards from the edge of the road and flew across the road so no shot.

    I have a 7 year old experience lab who is a very good pheasant dog. Didnít see much for sign and only saw one bird driving in early this morning. Must have been some hail this spring/summer.

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    Can't speak to the Holyoke area but can talk about the Yuma area. There were a ton of hunters out there and I saw some WIA's getting trod upon 4 or 5 times during the day. I heard quite a few shots early but they lessened as the day went on. Most people I met had no luck and there was a few singles and doubles here and there. I did a lot of driving and looking for some new spots, basically went from Anton to Burlington and from Hwy 34 to Hwy 36 and I can tell you that there is a ton of corn still standing. I watched a friend of mine while he combined a corn circle and I saw a lot of pheasants pop up in front of the tractor only to drop back down into unharvested corn. It will get better when the harvest is complete but until then you will need to burn some shoe leather.
    Just a boy and his dogs.

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    We saw a lot of birds. Scratched out three. Only three guys and one dog. Hunted my first hemp field. Kicked around 30 birds out of that.

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    What area were you guys at?

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    Hunted the Burlington area, saw 2 hens all weekend and did not hear much shooting at all. Saw very little sign in the snow, looks like another tough year in that area.

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    Saw a lot of birds but only got 3 between three guys? Where the birds you saw in fields you could hunt or just saw them while driving? Generally I see a lot of birds on lands not open to hunting, but I did not even see that this weekend.

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    Started near Fleming, drove up to my first WIA 20 minutes before start time and there were hunters already out in the field.... same story on the next 8 WIA properties. This was the first time I've gone on opening day in 6 years and I think I'll pass in the future. It was an absolute zoo in Logan and Sedgwick counties all day. Kicked up a few hens and 1 rooster way out of range.

    Was on the corners of a crop circle after noon, 1 of the corners was private. Finished up on the 3rd corner and both dogs got real birdy heading into the 4th. Saw my dog lose a bootie so I went to go snag it and sure enough, both were on point and as I called them off a big ol rooster flushed. Absolute layup shot. Could have thrown my 12ga at it. Anyone ever had a crisis of morals? I chose the holy path, although that rooster is still haunting my dreams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smdmz View Post
    Started near Fleming, drove up to my first WIA 20 minutes before start time and there were hunters already out in the field.... same story on the next 8 WIA properties. This was the first time I've gone on opening day in 6 years and I think I'll pass in the future. It was an absolute zoo in Logan and Sedgwick counties all day. Kicked up a few hens and 1 rooster way out of range.

    Was on the corners of a crop circle after noon, 1 of the corners was private. Finished up on the 3rd corner and both dogs got real birdy heading into the 4th. Saw my dog lose a bootie so I went to go snag it and sure enough, both were on point and as I called them off a big ol rooster flushed. Absolute layup shot. Could have thrown my 12ga at it. Anyone ever had a crisis of morals? I chose the holy path, although that rooster is still haunting my dreams.
    that was a huge deal.........you did the right thing.

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    I went to Phillips county and not luck at all, I don’t see any birds looks really bad.

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