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    The Bird Word...

    Here's NDGF's official word on the upland outlook this season. Not sure I agree, at least around here, but who knows? https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/northland-outdoors/7188446-North-Dakotas-pheasant-population-down-grouse-and-partridge-remain-steady
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    Moving to....

    Will be great area for waterfowl. I can't speak to the upland hunting...
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    16 Ga Prairie Storm Price!

    Went in Runnings today to see what was on the shelf. I don't own a 16 gauge and I know it's hard to find now, but this is ridiculous. This time last year at Runnings Prairie Storm was $18.99 a box and at the same time they had it bulk 100 rounds of 12 gauge in a plastic ammo box for $59.99...
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    Grouse And Hun Opener

    Didn't flush a single grouse, but saw a very mice mule buck bedded on a hill who thought he was well hidden. Too bad I didn't take a bow with, it was a very doable stalk...
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    First night with new puppy

    I do the same, Pro Plan LB Puppy for the first year, then whatever Large Breed Adult food you decide is best for your dog...
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    Youth hunter - looking for 410 non-tox shells

    I killed everything from rabbits to mallards & roosters with a Spanish-manufactured 410 double barrel with hammers (you could get them in any store from Woolworth's to actual sporting goods stores in the 60s-70s, wish I had bought several) from age 6-13. Now my nephew's boys are learning with...
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    Uninsulated Danner Pronghorns For Early Season...

    Gave the Danner Grouse serious consideration, in fact they were in the final cut. Decided their weight was a negative, and having decades of Badlands hunting behind me knew that those aggressive soles would fill up with clay gumbo in wet conditions...
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    Bare shelves

    Was in Bismarck Scheels on Sat, they too had a bunch of 12 gauge 3" 5 shot Prairie Storm...
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    Mott area for late season phesants

    Local or not, private land in the Mott/Elgin/Regent area runs about $250 per gun per day and you may well not be the first or even second on it that day. On PLOTS you may not be the first on it that day, but at least it's free... Personally, I will not pay a trespass fee to hunt even if I have...
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    Uninsulated Danner Pronghorns For Early Season...

    Looking like early season in ND is going to be dry & warm/hot, so it was a good excuse to look for a new pair of boots. I had gotten a pair of Irish Setter Vapor Treks for this purpose a couple years back. Broke them in but didn't use them much until a few weeks ago when I wore them during the...
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    Bare shelves

    Call me Capt. Obvious, but I can advise 3"ers are no fun to shoot in a 12 gauge Citori Featherweight. That being said if 3" were the only PS available, I would buy some and limit their use to my SX4, BPS, and various 870's. For waterfowl, 99% of the time I shoot 3", and that last 1% is 3.5"...
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    Pouring out here...

    We didn't get it but SE of here they did. Hail was up to baseball sized. Some ranchers my wife follows on FB got out buildings destroyed and had horse injured...
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    Bare shelves

    Hit & miss out here, but seeing shotgun shells on the shelf is getting better. Not a lot of choices of make & shot size yet yet, however all gauges but .410 are usually available. Runnings in Dickinson has Federal Dakota Country Pheasant for $12.99 and Premium Upland for $25.99. 2 boxes per...
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    Pouring out here...

    Currently absolutely pouring out here in SW ND. on the way into work this morning, saw adult and sub-adult pheasants as well as huns in the road...
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    A common tip

    When the Wrecking Crew gets birdy, I'm hustling over and getting in their hip pockets...
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    Kansan Needs Advice

    I live north of New England, ND, a bit NW of Hettinger. ASC is on the money. Unposted private land is rare in this area, and this year electronic posting has begun so land that doesn't have posted signs may well still be electronically posted. As for PLOTS and WMA's, the following is...
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    Steel Shot

    From 1983 until 2018 I lived in NE ND where 98% of my hunting was waterfowl so I have a lot of experience with non-toxic shot. When I moved down to SW ND in 2018, 98% of my hunting became upland and as I avoid areas that require non-toxic shot, the vast majority of what I shoot now is lead...
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    Blue Green Algae & Dehydration in ND & SD This Year...

    Be mindful to keep yourselves and your dogs well hydrated while hunting ND and SD this year. Also, with the drought conditions this year anticipate blue-green algae in about any slough or stock dam you find in the field this fall. Remember your dog will cover twice as much ground as you and...
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    Drought and Dry ...

    Be mindful to keep yourselves and your dogs well hydrated while hunting ND and SD this year. Also, with the drought conditions this year anticipate blue-green algae in about any slough or stock dam you find in the field this fall. Some of the guys who have been around awhile will likely recall...
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    Rail road tracks

    It's pretty much a given that the RR doesn't want anyone on their property because of the legal liability. I too hunted along a section of tracks for years, but I made sure I had permission to hunt the adjacent private land/slough. The easiest was to get to the private land was to walk a few...
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