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  1. Hobie1026

    For Sale - Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon I (price reduced)

    For Sale: Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon I over and under shotgun. $1900.00 $1750.00 shipped to your FFL or $1900.00 $1700.00 if face to face in the Pierre or Sioux Falls area. PM me on this site or email me at Beretta686forsale605(at)gee-mail(dot-com). Sorry for the quality of the pictures; I am no...
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    Which upland semi-auto for pheasant?

    I have lusted after a semiauto upland shotgun my whole life. Found a cheap one that I hunted with all season with the exception of the last hunt and loved it. Unfortunately it broke. So I would like to spend a little more than $250 on my next one. Sadly my budget maxes out at about $1,000...
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    Interesting bag...

    Short version - A Prairie Chicken and a Sharptail Grouse in the bag on the same day. First time in my life I was able to bag both native species of prairie grouse on the same day. Taken in different fields, about 2 hours apart. Long Version - I had an afternoon off and decided to hunt one of...
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    Opening weekend...

    A little late but I've been busy! Was a good morning. Went into a field I had scouted a couple weeks earlier. Saw a couple coveys with about 10-15 birds take off and fly onto private land (of course...) while I waited with the dog for legal shooting time. Walked in and flushed a covey after...
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    Hunting dogs and heat

    Hunted yesterday with my spaniel. The temperature started out in the high 40s but by late afternoon was up in the 60s causing me to worry about my dog getting heat stroke. What are the signs to watch for BEFORE your dog is in distress from heat? I know what healthy and happy look like, but...
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    Sharp tails around Yankton?

    Heading out to Yankton later this week to visit relatives. Are there any huntable populations of sharp tails or prairie chickens out that way or is that too Far East? Trying to decide if it’s worth bringing a dog and a shotgun along. TIA.
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    Help with Springer puppy!

    Long post - you've been warned. I have a 9 month old Springer Spaniel puppy that I'm training and have some questions and need reassurance. :confused: Where should a 9 month old puppy be at the training stage? He's not the first springer I've trained but I'm doing him a little differently. I'm...
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    Dakota 2632 semi - any reviews?

    Hi, Saw a 12ga semi auto in the latest CDNN email flyer. I've been looking for a semi-auto to throw in the truck for bad weather and at that price it's tempting. But I can't find any reviews or comments on them by anyone who owns one. I'm not expecting a Beretta or Bennelli at that price point...
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    Perkins County?

    Hi, Looking for a little help from the SD natives or anyone who's hunted the western part of the state. I just found out I have 3 days off over Thanksgiving and I was thinking of heading to SD to try finding some pheasants. I have some connections in Yankton but that's too far to drive. I'd...
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    Turkeys - Can they be still hunted?

    I've never been turkey hunting. All I know is it involves sitting against a tree and calling them in. I don't own camo or turkey calls and I don't have the patience to sit still. However later this season I'll be hunting in an area that could be described as a target rich environment for...
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    idiots the lot of them...

    Just a heads up, if your plans involve hunting on any federal land, they are closed until our wonderful .gov re-opens. No national forests, no nwr's, no wpa,'s. Check out dept of interior.gov or fish and game.gov websites for specifics and their contingency plan.
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    Spurs...

    My last double from last year. Flushed both roosters from the same patch. Colors were brighter on the older bird too. Definitely one of the biggest spurs I've found on a rooster I shot. C'mon October... :D Hobie
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    So campers...school me?

    So with gas prices being what they are, this Fall I can afford gas or motels.Not both. So I'm looking at a slide-in camper for my truck. Only problem is I know nothing about them. I've already decided against pop-ups and pull-behinds. I've done some research and know how much I can safely...
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    SD Public Land Atlas?

    Can anyone tell me when the South Dakota Public Hunting Land atlas for walk-in areas usually comes out or is available online? Thanks!
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    Recommend a ND outfitter?

    Hi, I'm looking to give myself a present for a milestone birthday this year. I'd like to find an outfitter that would let me hunt wild birds. There's so many in the directory I'm not sure where to start. Here's what I'm looking for specifically: I'm looking for a 1 to 2 day hunt with my own...
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    Help with ESS puppy retrieve...

    Hi, I'm looking for suggestions on how to inbed good retrieving habits into my 4 month old English Springer Spaniel puppy as I start to train him. Right now I do the retreive in a hallway with a puppy-sized bumper. I just toss it, he brings it back and sometimes holds it for me and sometimes...
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    Gloves?

    I need some cold weather gloves but I'm having problems finding ones that are tight-fitting enough to slide easily into the trigger guard. The stitching seems to be all bunched up at the fingertips. What are the rest of you using and which ones do you like? Thanks in advance....
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    Great Customer Service...

    So a couple weeks ago I lost the forearm screw out of my Fausti-made side by side. I finally got around to calling Fausti USA. Got my credit card out and ready to see how much this was going to cost me. I got a hold of the gentleman for Fausti and explained my predicament. All he asked for was...
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    A first...

    I got out last weekend to explore Nebraska some more. Chose a new area. I got the maps, loaded the dog and the gun in the Pathfinder and headed out. Saturday was grim. The first WIA I stopped at was nothing but a pasture and draw that had been grazed down to nothing. No food, no water, very...
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    Scaled quail range?

    So, once again I'm thinking about loading up the dog and trying to find my first Colorado scalie. I'm up in the Jefferson county area. Would someone please be kind enough to let me know what counties I need to get to in order to start finding coveys? How far south and how far west do I need to...
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