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  1. #11
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    I went on Black Friday 11/29/19 and my friend John and I snagged four roosters at the first spot. Took us about an hour to hunt it. Raised about 20 pheasants total. The snow made hunting a little easier although some areas it has drifted to waist deep already.

  2. #12
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    LOTS OF SNOW. At least in the pocket my group was in this past weekend. sloughs not as bad but getting to the slough from road/parking area can be a trek due to deep drifty snow. With educated birds it makes it more difficult to plan and posture to get on top of them without them busting out prematurely. Ya hope a handful hold tight in the cover once you reach it. makes for more effort and hard work but i love the challenge this time of year. Cattails were hit or miss as far as accessibility goes. Majority safe, but spots with more growth obviously the softer spots to be careful for. We shot 4 birds in one and half days, of course always should have had more with misses. Great time of year to knock on doors. Go for it.

  3. #13
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    Luckily the snow has stopped falling for over a week now where I hunt. But its still quite deep. I went on Thursday 12/19 for about 2.5 hours and got my three bird limit. I went right to where I had seen the most birds on my previous hunt a week earlier and they were there again. Areas of or near standing corn have all the birds - nothing else is even worth hunting now. I flushed the main flock of about 25 when I initially got there, folded one up, and then took my time hunting surrounding remaining cover to bag the next two. After the initial flush, the birds scattered into remaining patches of cover and held very tight. My dog Cosmo almost caught a hen. She came up with a mouth full of tail feathers. With this warmer weather, I think some of the snow will actually melt away, making it easier walking until the season ends. I might go one, maybe two more times. Beats ice fishing!

  4. #14
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    Ended my season yesterday. Tried a new (to me) slough area and managed to get one, and tried a few other sloughs were I saw a few that flushed wild, but none that presented a shot. Started the year off with high hopes for public land in Minnesota, did very good the first few times out and was optimistic for late season once crops were out. However, I just never really seemed to find the birds from mid-November on. I believe I ended the year with 7 Minnesota birds and 24 (group total between 2 trips, but when I have the only dog I will count them all as my dogs....) South Dakota birds. Overall, that is probably near the bottom number of birds I have harvested in a year in the last 10ish years.

    To anyone heading out in Minnesota to end the season, be careful in the sloughs. They are about all that is left for standing cover and holding birds, so you have to walk them, but be careful and be prepared to get wet.

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    And keep your key fob, wallet, license etc in a ziploc bag in your pocket
    Mike

  6. #16
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    Season's over officially. I went yesterday with my friend Jason for about 3 hours and we got 3 roosters. Again, standing corn was the key. Right in it, or adjacent to it. At the last spot we found the mother load but they were all getting up wild out of range. At least 40 of them.

    I finished the season with 14 roosters in 7 hunts - all after deer hunting. The deep snow hindered my success this year even though there were just as many birds. Last year I went 10 times and got 29 roosters by comparison. I know there's brood stock out there for next season at least.

  7. #17
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    walked yesterday for a few hours in the morning, disappointing end to the season. a lot of the cattails and thick cover were snowed in. didn't see hardly any sign at spots where i have flushed birds in the late season several times. Dropped in the cattails a few times just below knee height. Dog never really got birdy and we didn't flush a single bird.

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    I thought this season was disappointing more because of weather and delayed harvest. Rain and wind too often early (especially weekends when kids could go with). Then snow too early. Weather was even worse mid-Sept through Mid-October ... grouse hunting time. Best weather was during deer season.

    North Dakota weather even worse.

    Killed birds most everyday I went out. Dogs worked well and it was still fun, but overall numbers where pretty thin '19 over '18. Last year (if hunting alone) I would usually be done in my first two walks of the day ... often it would have been sooner b(first walk), but I wanted to shoot a bird over each dog or at least let them have a full run with me carrying a gun.

    Sure with there was even a marginal chance of seeing Huns in MN.

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    Add in all the flooded sloughs, impassible roads, etc... Too much water.

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    Well, I can honestly say this season was pretty humbling for me. Tough, tough, tough. I usually hunt with one other guy and two dogs, and I think I we shot a limit twice this season, and probably had less than twenty birds between us for the year. The last four times I was out I shot 0 birds. Trudging through sloughs and braking through ice 6-10 times per trip at the end proved fruitless. One thing I noticed was the pressure in the areas I hunt. More than I have ever seen. I would be walking vast slough areas, look down, and see footprints everywhere I went. Hard, crunchy snow the last few weeks didn't help. So I bow my head to you guys that had great seasons, and look forward to next year. And thank God For Mucks, I didn't wear a regular hunting boot all season!!

    The last two birds I flushed this season were about ten feet away. I grinned, shouldered my gun, and wondered what it would be like to dump 2 20 lb. turkeys. My lab looked at me and said "that about sums up our season". We both had a laugh and walked back to the truck...
    Last edited by Yellowdawg; 01-02-2020 at 07:19 PM.

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