Recent content by zoops

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    Birds up….

    That too!
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    Birds up….

    I'll happily eat crow here...hard to believe those increases but happy to see them. I do think our coolish late July/early August with lots of dew had to have a big impact on the counts.
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    Birds up….

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    Birds Around Rugby?

    Similar to the temperatures - below zero :)
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    Central North Dakota Sharptail Outlook

    Should be a fairly normal year I would l think - winter was brutal in that part of the state but sharpies are pretty tough. Precip and rearing weather have been pretty favorable this summer it seems.
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    Hunter Pressure and Harvest by County

    I don't believe they publish anything that specific, but you could probably get about what you're looking for by calling the upland biologist. It is sort of nice that not everything can be found on the Internet as it pertains to hunting. I've not hunted much in the far SW of ND (nor have I...
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    Lodging Options

    Hettinger shows a couple options; Elgin shows an Inn as well. Bowman has a couple options and is about 40 miles from Hettinger. Imagine they fill up pretty solid for hunting season so you might have some trouble at this point. Sparse area so you're not going to find much for accomodations...
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    Winter 2022/23

    This encapsulates the length of this winter pretty well...beating the previous record by only...72 days! :oops::oops:
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    Winter 2022/23

    Definitely no geese nesting in ND yet; it feels and looks like January out there. They'll definitely be delayed, so not sure how that affects them.
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    Winter 2022/23

    I wouldn't say it's been the coldest or windiest winter (since that's pretty much a constant here in ND), but the length of it has been unusual. We're talking 4.5 months of solid snow cover since getting close to 20" of snow on Nov. 10. Luckily Jan & Feb were average to above for temps...
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    Do you shoot coyotes while pheasant hunting?

    8 or 10 years ago I was hunting a little fold in a field walking along and saw a coyote on a hilltop about 1000 yards away. That thing meandered its way towards us, fixated on my lab. He got about 50 yards away until I let some lead fly. Shooting a couple (even probably a couple dozen) is...
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    follow-up to huntable areas thread...

    Gotta remember that even if the 'high' is 35 or 40, it's still probably below freezing 21 hours a day with as short as the daylight still is...
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    Huntable Areas?!?!?

    I saw Lake Andes reported 27 inches out of this storm and Plankinton 18. You hunted in the middle of that? You sir are a trooper!
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    Recipes for Roosters

    White Chili is my go-to with my pheasants: 6 breasts, cubed 1/2 cup onion, chopped Heat a tbsp or two of olive oil in your pot and brown pheasant & onion Add 14 oz. chicken broth, 1 can of chopped or diced green chiles, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp of...
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    This will not help pheasants

    Yikes. Looks pretty ugly for southern SD.