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    Default Letís hear about opening day

    any Luck out there?
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    Well I guess that tells you all you need to know.

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    It was great.My dog made a great water retrieve on a sharptail.I found a great ranch.Got some birds, great weather!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    It was great.My dog made a great water retrieve on a sharptail.I found a great ranch.Got some birds, great weather!
    Openung week if bird
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    It was great.My dog made a great water retrieve on a sharptail.I found a great ranch.Got some birds, great weather!
    Awesome, we had 4 guys one Lab. He worked hard with all the water around. Ended up leaving today around 2, 5 birds in the truck. Saw 15-20 roosters.

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    Bleak where I was. Hunted maybe 2.5 hrs each day, late afternoons, up until sunset. Typically not hard to get limits, even if there's standing corn all over the place. Ace & I got 1 shot & 1 bird each day. Only saw a couple handfuls of other birds. Total.

    Hunted public land & walk-ins, which are prime, grade-A habitat. If any place is going to have good winter survival & a good hatch....it's where I hunt.

    This year, in this general area, there's almost NO corn or beans planted. The fields are either barren, w/ a tiny amount of last year's stalks poking up here & there. Or maybe some weeds & crap have popped up scattered around. Or they've been planted with some sort of cover plant, which in most cases is a short-ish (12" maybe) grass like plant that my agronomy & botany skills don't allow me to identify. So you hunt the edges next to this stuff. Nothing. You hunt around the edge of real wet cattails. Nothing. You meander around the middle of the field you're hunting. Nothing. You wait until sunset & hope to see birds fly in from somewhere (???) or at least move around the area. Nothing. No "cawk, cawk, cawk". No nothing.

    I can't believe there weren't quite a few birds around earlier this summer. Did they migrate? How far? Are they in trees? Doubtful. Not at sunset. Are they standing around in the middle of an unplanted field pecking around for last year's waste grain? Doubtful, at least not for very long. There are hawks all over the place.

    The 2 birds I shot this weekend each had beans in them. So they either found last year's beans lying around, or they traveled quite a distance to get them.

    If there are still quite a few birds in the area that I'm just not seeing, I'm pretty concerned for their well-being over winter. With no corn & beans, I'm not sure what they'd eat.
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    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    A thoughtful summary - thanks! Sorry you weren't more successful...

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    Hey All .... first time poster, long time viewer of this site. Our group hunted both sat & sun enjoying seeing many birds hunting private CRP. However, the shooting performance was less than stellar, many first-time hunters schooled how challenging it was to connect on these birds. I've hunted this property for many years, this has been by far the best opener based upon the number of birds seen and shots taken. Seen many birds just starting to turn color (late hatch).

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    Day 3, winds gusting to 50, very sporty conditions! Rained all day until about 4pm, started at 5pm...killed 2, missed a 3rd. My buddy sat out most of the day, has some physical limitations, wise to rest most of the day. Strange year, many fields unplanted, but have weeds growing in them... most crops standing...weíve killed 17, most are this years birds, which is good. Bird #ís are down, but they are around. My 7 month old pup had 20+ days already hunting prairie birds earlier in the fall and 5 or more ruffed grouse outings....she knows the game well at this point...much fun!!!!!

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    We hunted on Saturday and Sunday. The Farmer said he's been seeing tons of birds this year. He thought maybe it could be because there were lots of fields that didn't get planted around his land so they were possibly all coming to his land. We were unable to hunt some of our best areas due to flooding in the river bottom areas. We mostly hunted corn fields, sorghum fields, very little crp or switchgrass type stuff. That's what I would have preferred to hunt, but we were limited to what we could hunt. We had a large group and got 9 birds on Saturday, and just 5 on Sunday but we had a small group on Sunday.
    Stuff was very thick in places, it was like a jungle in some of the sorghum. First bird we got on Saturday landed down in a ravine about 60-70 yards. My wife's family typically doesn't have a dog to hunt with, but I got to go with them this year. So the first bird this season was a blind retrieve. I sent him on a back, he took a straight line, found the bird, and I heard cheering from the group watching. Love it when the training pays off.
    We would have lost 6 out of the 9 birds on Saturday if we didn't have the dog along. We couldn't find the birds, until we brought my dog over. So that was great that we never lost a bird.

    Saw some very young birds, really saw only one bird that we shot with pretty decent tail feathers.

    Had a great time! They are out there, just lots of cover with crops still in

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