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    Finally made it up to Idaho today. One of my best hun spots from last year was a big fat 0. They cover was in the best shape I have ever seen, but it looks like the birds did not make it through the winter. I hope I just missed them today but it is not looking good so far.

    At least the temps cooled off enough to get the dogs a good run in.

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    Eek.

    Congrats to your son on his first wild rooster. I still remember mine. Wow, I didn't know then, how addicted I would become to pheasant hunting.

    Thanks for the report on the hatch.

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    I talked with a farmer in SE Idaho the other day and he said they had more birds(pheasant) this year compared to last year. He claimed it was due to lower numbers of hawks this year, so the chick survival was much better. That was his theory anyway. I do recall a TON of hawks last fall.

    I kind of expected to hear of lower numbers due to the winter and wet spring in the area we hunt. Last year by Thanksgiving the snow was deep and drifting, and it only got worse.

    I may do a scouting run this weekend. Will report if I do.

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    JPH

    Would be very interested to see what you find. Thanks for the info from the farmer. I was around Raft River yesterday on public ground no birds at all no huns no pheasants. RR

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    Put on some serious miles yesterday. Cover looks great in places. Saw some pheasant in some places and none in others. Saw one covey of Huns. Got out and walked a little and could have shot a couple roosters.
    Seems like it will be a typical year in that if you work for your birds you will find some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPH View Post
    Put on some serious miles yesterday. Cover looks great in places. Saw some pheasant in some places and none in others. Saw one covey of Huns. Got out and walked a little and could have shot a couple roosters.
    Seems like it will be a typical year in that if you work for your birds you will find some.
    Thats what i am seeing, i konw where a couple of roosters are hanging out but i will let my boy shoot them, other than that it will be alot of miles per bird

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    Thanks for the reports. I never was afraid of a long walk for my birds. To tell you the truth, I could more than use the exercise. Nice to hear that the long winter and wet spring did not do them all in.

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