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    Quote Originally Posted by BeirlSetters View Post
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    I think you may hit things perfect. Crops are coming out quick. Combines and grain trucks everywhere doing their thing.
    That sounds great, I'm bouncing off the walls and hoping this week goes by quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog View Post
    We finished harvest up yesterday west of Mitchell. While eliminating the cover, I don't personally see a marked improvement in the number of birds seen in the corn or the milo. Hunter numbers seemed way down in both upland and deer.
    I will correct my statement from yesterday. I think once the corn is out the birds in any general area will be more condensed. I think right now birds are spread out all over the map. I haven't seen any larger groups of birds through 3 days of hunting. Am I disappointed at this point, no this is SD pheasant hunting today, it's not like 10 years ago. Like I said there is corn standing all over and its has to factor into the equation somehow. I will be back later in December for a comparsion to the current trip.

    The dogs and myself are hunting hard and putting a ton of miles to see what we have seen so far but thats pheasant hunting. On the hunter side of things we have ran into more guys already than I did last year. There are people out pounding ground looking for birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeirlSetters View Post
    I will correct my statement from yesterday. I think once the corn is out the birds in any general area will be more condensed. I think right now birds are spread out all over the map. I haven't seen any larger groups of birds through 3 days of hunting. Am I disappointed at this point, no this is SD pheasant hunting today, it's not like 10 years ago. Like I said there is corn standing all over and its has to factor into the equation somehow. I will be back later in December for a comparsion to the current trip.

    The dogs and myself are hunting hard and putting a ton of miles to see what we have seen so far but thats pheasant hunting. On the hunter side of things we have ran into more guys already than I did last year. There are people out pounding ground looking for birds.
    Chad, If I was coming out, you could take a break for a day and fish with me, but life seems to be getting more in the way for me this year, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.. Maybe December.

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    Yes sir will keep in touch. Yesterday was a very tough day a lot miles very little contact. I have been at this game for years and can normally find birds but struggling at the moment. A lot of corn is coming down so hopefully it will help. Not worried about killing a ton of birds. I have some young dogs that are running hard and I feel bad I can't get them the contacts I want them to have. We have five days left so hopefully after going through a pair of boots and a bottle of ibuprofen I can get them some more exposure. We are heading for Jim's today to visit and hunt so hopefully we will see some birds....

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    there is no doubt, there are areas that are almost devoid of birds......or very, very few....got to be willing to change your area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter94 View Post
    there is no doubt, there are areas that are almost devoid of birds......or very, very few....got to be willing to change your area.
    I cover at any point in time roughly a 60 mile stretch east to west. I know you need to be willing to travel to find birds if in a bad area. It's hunting pheasants not shooting pheasants.

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    Headed out myself on Saturday. Can't hardly wait. Can't hardly think or see straight right now. Come late Sunday afternoon when we unload the dogs in SD for the first time, I do believe my sight will return. Safe travels to all going and coming. Already looking forward to posting pictures and stories. And on the day before Thanksgiving, I am Thankful to the state of South Dakota and all the fine folks that share similar beliefs and accept out of state hunters. sjohn

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    Hunted south east SD this week on private land, lots of corn still standing. Should have came about Dec 1st. Great weather now, corn is being harvested furiously. When I was there water was standing in the fields and ditches were full of water. Worst year I've experienced in over 20 years. The hunting wI'll be a lot better by then. Most of the corn will be out in the next 7-10 days. Still enjoyed the experience but dismal numbers of birds due to the vast amount of cover.

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    Well another day on the books and finally into some birds. Had to move some 30-50 miles out to locate some numbers. Yesterday hunting was like it should be and my younger dogs got to experience the real South Dakota. The last three days of this first trip should continue to be good now that we have located some birds to get the dogs on. Corn is disappearing by the hour combines and semi's are as common and a car running down the highway right now, give them the room they need if you run into them. Reddog you were correct and I can admit it, the corn coming out made no material difference in the numbers in the main area I hunt. I walked some sections that had the corn harvested the day before expecting to see numbers and at least get the dogs wound up and we were still lucky just to see a hen walking the edge. I believe I have very good dogs that have years of experience and have seen just about everything and we couldn't buy a bird. The key here is if you aren't seeing birds move, move, move...…. Good luck to all heading this way and be safe!
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    Hunter94- There is a big void in the main area I hunt. Its the worst I have seen in years. I wasn't willing to accept the fact it was that bad and I put on a ton of miles with the dogs to locate birds and wasn't able to do so. It's difficult just to see a hen let alone a rooster. The excessive water in the area has had a major impact to the overall pheasants numbers, they are few and far between. Walking a section with your dogs is more like taking the dog for run rather than hunting because things are so bad.
    Last edited by BeirlSetters; 11-22-2018 at 08:20 AM.

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