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    Bare shelves

    Had an opportunity to visit the Cabala's store, Roger's, Mn.and found no shells. To compound matters, one of the clerks said Winchester had a recall on their shells...
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    Trip Report

    Just returned from our first SD trip - Jones County and Lyman County. Bird numbers appear to be about the same as last year. Hens were somewhat bunched, roosters were far between and required lots of walking; 6-7 miles a day. We were a party of four, with 1 lab at 11years and one Golden at...
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    Lead shells - completely out!

    Traveled to Cabala's in Roger's Mn. - needed 20ga 23/4' shells. None. They have no 16ga, a few 12 ga .no 28ga.. Wondereing if this is typical with other stores? Haven't tried Walmart...
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    Pheasant Canteen - 1943

    The Mobridge Tribune, October 7, published an article about feeding troops traveling by train via Aberdeen and points west. In 1945 the canteen cooked an estimated 9,000 pheasants; pheasant salad became a favorite part of the menu. Pheasant hunts were organized to keep the canteen supplied...
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    Grass Awn's - DEADLY for your dog

    My Golden had surgery yesterday for an infection in his ear canal. I'm posting this as an alert to all of you with dogs. If you google "grass awns" you can learn all about what they are and where they are found - South Dakota! These seeds can penetrate the dog and can become deadly. We have...
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    Need an opinion: strap game carrier or vest in the winter?

    This is sort of an odd question, but thought I would get some opinions. Due to a disability in my right arm, I have difficulty mounting the gun, especially when I have a few layers of clothing and a jacket and a vest. Oofda! Getting the stock up and in the right spot is a challenge...
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    Franchi Affinity 20 ga.

    A friend of mine has this gun and is having cycling issues, using 7/8, #8 loads for Sporting Clays. Three or four out of 25 are hung about half-way. Anyone have these issues? Gun is 1-2 years old.
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    SD Crop Report - July 28

    Some interesting numbers regarding the crop progress in South Dakota: Corn Silking - 27%...last year 90%...average 77% Dough - 2%...last yr. 31%...average 13%
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    Three-day pheasant hunt ...what a deal!

    "SD Magazine" has a brief spread about a pheasant hunt lodge; three-day, four night hunting deal. Single person rate only - $8,095. Five star meals might include ever-popular prime rib or pheasant and wild rice, while listening to harp music. The rate for six or more is only $6095 per person...
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    Rust Prevention for Guns

    This might be an interesting topic to discuss: What tactics and products do you use to prevent your guns from rusting? And where do you store your guns - gun safe? On the wall? In a closet? In a gun case? Your thoughts?
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    Group hunting etiquette? Unwritten rules?

    This subject will undoubtedly produce lots of differing views - that's OK... Situation: Three hunters walking a grass and weed swale about 60 yards wide. One hunter in the middle and the other two a reasonable distance apart. Bird gets up in front of the middle hunter, a ways out. Middle...
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    4-year golden ret. For sale by breeder

    Here's an opportunity to purchase a started dog that has been through training and is ready to hunt. Contact: Maple Hills Kennel. I bought my current dog from them 8 years ago and can attest to their excellent breeding. I just happened to visit their web site and uncovered this information...
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    Sd - 2018 brood survey

    Just received a notice that the 2018 survey has been released. Quite a jump in the pheasant population, especially the eastern part of the state.
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    "Lightweight Gun and Recoil"

    Bruce Buck, (Shotgun Report), writes about gun weight and recoil. Interesting read.
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    Happy father's day!

    Best wishes to all the Fathers out there...being a Father, the most important job you will ever have! Have a great day!
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    SD Field Crop Report - May 27th

    Some good news here: Corn..........91% planted vs 92% 5 year average; emerged - 61% vs 70% last yr and 65%, 5 year average. Sorghum.....46% planted vs 28% last yr. and 34% five yr. average. This from the Dept. Ag. web site
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    SD Crop Report - May 14

    Corn planted...21% behind 71 last year...61 average Soybeans 4% 26 22 Sorghum 3% 13 5 Very late season - late harvest?
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    Cleaning Dog's Teeth

    A current article in "Gun Dog" discusses cleaning your dog's teeth. Wondering how many of you use a brush and routinely clean teeth? Weekly...monthly? What say you?
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    A day to celebrate

    Happy Easter All!!
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    Hunt report - Selby, SD area

    Here's a quick report on the hunting around Selby: Four hunter's, four dogs, three day's of hunting - 7 birds. If you want more info., PM me.
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