Opener

braskie10213

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Anyone getting exited as me about the opener? Just recently moved back, after a couple years away. My 3 year old lab is used to hunting ducks, I have been working with him a lot lately and it will be interesting to see how he transitions to upland hunting. Planning on heading out the first weekend to SW NE and hitting up Furnas/Red Willow public land, with a group of 3. I know we'll find out once we get out there but I'm getting pretty curious about how the habitat is out there and how the harvest is coming along, as I am an easterner(NE) . Any and all info welcome.

shot'em safe, shot'em straight
 

Bilbo Baggins

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braskie10203, I will be out there in that general area for the opener. There were very few birds in that area last year but maybe it will be a little better for us this year. Good luck and let us know how you do. Pictures would be nice too. Since I will be by myself I plan on taking a few selfies to post over here.
 

goldencorn

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7 of us from assorted southern states. S.E. Nebraska for the opener then out west for a few days. Heard plenty of quail when I was back this summer.
Good luck to all!
 

braskie10213

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Had a great opener out in the SW, forgot how much I missed pheasant hunting. Was surprised how well my duck dog did pheasant hunting. Our group of 3 ended up 12 pheasants and 4 quail on the weekend. We did lose two cripples out of our group of three, which was frustrating, just something I need to work more on with my dog or improve my shooting I think I trust my dog more than my shooting sometimes.
 

Bilbo Baggins

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Two of us had an excellent opener.

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We bagged six roosters on Saturday and had excellent dog work all day.
 
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bknight

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I'm the pretty one in those pictures. No, not the dog silly! We had a great first day. Enjoyed my hunt with you Bilbo! I believe we did better than many. What a great way to start a season!:cheers:u
 

Rooster Mafia

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Well week one in the bag. My hunting partner and I have been out four timess to three different pieces of public ground in the south central part of the state. Most birds we've put up in a few years. Have 18 in the bag between us with a few misses and the cover looks great. I think this could be a very good year of hunting so get out there.
 

Bilbo Baggins

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I had a wonderful time shooting roosters and eating out with the gentleman pictured on the right side of the photo. He is the good looking one. (He even told me so.)
 

drew3287

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Hunted in Southeast Nebraska opening weekend and last Friday. Opening morning saw a bunch of quail and pheasants. Definitely more than I saw last year. The habitat in the specific area I was in was good, but not sure how good it is in other parts of SE NE. Crops that were next to the grass/cover we hunted were harvested. Like having the chance to hunt both quail and pheasants in the same area, but pheasants are king in my book!
 

braskie10213

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Awesome to hear all the positive reports. I can not wait to get out when the harvest is over and lower temps, unfortunately I'll have to wait a couple weeks before I can go again and it will have to be a little closer to home
 
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