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    What better way to spend a few days between Christmas and New Years than chasing pheasants , My youngest hunting buddy with his shorthair that helped him put these birds in the bag .

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    2nd day of the hunt as well as 1st day all pheasants were runners and led us on tracks of 100yds or more Much More !!!!, here 2 of the 3 birds taken before noon , deffinatley Public Land prizes and well earned .

    Anybody else get out between Christmas and New Years?

    Happy 2019 Everybody !!!!

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    Well done! Had good luck Sunday in snow filled cats. Still a lot of unharvested sunflowers here. Hope to get back out Thursday and Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altillathedak View Post
    Well done! Had good luck Sunday in snow filled cats. Still a lot of unharvested sunflowers here. Hope to get back out Thursday and Sunday.
    Yep they were definitely in the thick stuff , you work them with flushers or pointing dogs ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSBrittman View Post
    Yep they were definitely in the thick stuff , you work them with flushers or pointing dogs ?
    Pointing dogs. French Brits. I run them with a beep on point mode in cattails.

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    Had a little fresh snow on the 26th. Made it out for a cattail hunt on state stocked land. Late season Birds really held tight,
    with our spaniel “pointing” both. 2 in the bag, but the best part was being able to hunt with he youngest son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altillathedak View Post
    Pointing dogs. French Brits. I run them with a beep on point mode in cattails.
    Nice , that’s how I run my Upland special to !! French Britts are fine dogs !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tilkut View Post
    Had a little fresh snow on the 26th. Made it out for a cattail hunt on state stocked land. Late season Birds really held tight,
    with our spaniel “pointing” both. 2 in the bag, but the best part was being able to hunt with he youngest son.
    Family , Pheasants and bird dogs don’t get much better than that .

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    20181229_163236.jpg Worst shooting day of my life. The dog pointed 3 roosters in the first hour but I only managed one, one miss, and one I was out of position when the bird flushed. 6 hours later I bagged my 3rd rooster in the last minute of shooting time. 4 missed roosters and one dropped somewhere in the middle that the dog got to run down in a cut bean field. A wild hunt with poor shooting and good dog work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott county vizsla View Post
    20181229_163236.jpg Worst shooting day of my life. The dog pointed 3 roosters in the first hour but I only managed one, one miss, and one I was out of position when the bird flushed. 6 hours later I bagged my 3rd rooster in the last minute of shooting time. 4 missed roosters and one dropped somewhere in the middle that the dog got to run down in a cut bean field. A wild hunt with poor shooting and good dog work!
    I had a similar day the first day of my hunt with out your success , should of had my limit , sounds like your dog forgave you for your misses and kept on working hard for you!!

    Are birds on a slight upward trend in your state ?

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    I know a good swath across Iowa has very good pheasant numbers but where I am located the numbers are ok at best. I work 6 days a week so I'm limited to local public areas, all my private fields either aren't worth hunting or have changed hands. I've never missed as many birds(lots of long crossers) as I have this year and I've bagged the most since 04 when I was in high school. I've found that where there is good cover, there are plenty of birds, but there are few opportunities left in fence rows and waterways.

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