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    10 UggM start for opener

    We barely make it out to the field on time for a noon start most openers so 10AM is going to be a real challenge. This is as much a social trip and we enjoy the nights out as much as the hunt. Noon start was a good excused to laze around, pick apples, scoop up some cast off corn for feeding...
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    No Federal Prairie Storm- Clear skies in MN

    Just on my own I think I've cleared the available stock of 12 gauge PS in east metro Minneapolis/St. Paul. I went to all the Fleet Farms and the Cabelas east of the Mississippi and ended up with 3 boxes of 2 3/4 fours and a case of 3in sixes that I found tucked in the way back of a shelf at...
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    Water opportunities

    With all acknowledgement of the hardship the rain has had on the farmers, I would think the water would be seen as a positive by hunters, not a problem. Out side of crops not getting harvested, the rest should be upside. The wet spring saved us from some really low number due to drought and the...
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    The Gettysburg Address

    ... where you should be updating your pheasants mailing address, is Hwy 83 south of Gettysburg. Because they all moved there in case you where wondering where they went. Great bird numbers there, concentrated in the crop areas that are centered in the pasture land. All the corn and milo is still...
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    Claybusters Reds in Hodgon 2 3/4 Longshot mag loads

    We've used this recipe in the family for decades- Hodgdon Longshot 28.0 grains with Win. 209 primers and WAA12R wads which produced 11,500 PSI at 1,260 fps. It calls for 1 1/2 ounce lead but we were able to run it at 1 5/8 since the Win AA wads were good at crushing down but still holding form...
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    School Lands experience

    I'm thinking that school lands might be a good option to hit this year. The SDGFP site's online maps are making it easier to locate them. It seems from the sample I have checked out on satellite that many of them are down to just the low laying fields with ponds and cattails while all the rest...
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    Weather and habitat

    At the end of the Pheasant Brood Survey Report – 2017 on the SDGFP site is the graph above. Overall the acres of hay, small grains and CRP are on a downward line from 13mil to 7mil since 1960 while the pheasant population has varied but in a mostly upward trend since the late 70s. There is no...
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