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  1. BeirlSetters

    Labor day trip.......

    Just returned home to WI from spending the Labor day weekend in SD. Spent a good amount of time running my own survey over the 3 days I was on the ground. Numbers are looking very good from what I seen. Birds out running around morning, noon, and night. Seen multiple broods with double digit...
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    Just returned from South Dakota

    Just spend the 4th in SD getting the house up and running. What a difference a year makes when you look at the crops this year. It didn't look like there was a field that didn't get planted this year. Seems to be heavy to corn from what I seen in our area. Last year with the flooding I would...
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    With a heavy heart.........

    It's with disbelief and a heavy heart and a tear in my eye that I sit here and let everyone know we lost a great man and friend in the SD pheasant habitat/hunting world. Jim Aune passed away late last night. I was fortunate enough to be present and spend the 4th of July with a man I consider a...
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    Last trip of the season.....

    Just returned home from 10 days over xmas/new years. The hunting was much better this trip than out Thanksgiving trip. We were able to get into multiple groups of birds over the course of 10 days of hunting. Our best day on public ground we seen 250+ birds, which was after the snow/wind event...
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    Just starting trip.....

    Just got to the house last night. Today is day one of a nine day hunt. Will post some updates as the week goes along. One thing I have noticed as commented by many. Still a ton of corn standing for this time of year.
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    Labor Day SD

    A little late but was out last weekend to open up the house and prep for upcoming season. Conditions were about what I expected with what I have been hearing. Crops depending on the area you are in look good or not so good. Bird numbers were about a 1/3 of what I normally see during this trip...
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    Xmas Hunt 2016.....

    24 hours away from heading back out for one more week in SD. Been a little over four weeks since returning home from the last trip, seems like four months when you have the itch to hunt pheasants. Would expect to be into birds just like the last trip but they will obviously be more educated...
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    Thanksgiving

    Well I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. My wife and I spend the day with our friends SDJim and his wife CK. It was a great day of hunting and sharing time with friends over the holiday when were we so far from home. We felt like part of the family. Jim thanks once again for the...
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    One week to go....

    One week from today heading out for nine days of torture, just kidding, consider SD a little piece of heaven that never gets old. Been organizing and packing for the trip. It's funny how the older dogs know where we are going a week before we load up. There's a buzz around the house and the...
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    PF Banquet- Isabella County- Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Info for anyone interested. I guess this would mainly be for MI hunters or anyone else that might be in the area. The wife and I were approached last week by a member from the chapter above at home in Ashland, WI after seeing the advertising on our truck. They asked if we would be interested...
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    PF Banquet- Isabella County- Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Gentlemen, My wife and I were approached by a member from the chapter above at home in Ashland after seeing the advertising on our truck regarding donating a pup to their chapter's banquet on Oct 15th 2016. We have agreed to donate another pup to support another chapter of PF. Just wanted to...
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    Possible off-season trip back to SD.....

    I can't believe it but looking to make a trip back out in the dead of winter to ice fish in SD. Will get to see how the birds are fairing. Looking at heading for Bitter in the upper NE corner to chase perch. I am sure once I see my first group of pheasants I will probably come unglued. It's...
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    Dec Trip Day#1.....

    Well after traveling snow, rain, sleet, and glare ice roads to get here we had a pretty good 1st day filling our three man limit. We seen a lot birds and I am still surprised at the high percentage of roosters we are seeing. Depending on the situation birds are either holding extremely tight...
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    Anyone hunting?????

    Forum has been pretty quiet as of late. Not nearly the normal run of reports we have seen in the past. Anyone still out there hard at it?
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    SD Arrival- SNOW, SNOW and more SNOW....

    Well made the trip out from Wisconsin yesterday morning at 6am. We knew we were going to deal with the extreme weather that was coming out of Nebraska heading east. We ended up driving through the middle of the snow storm for 220 miles before we came out of it west of Sioux Falls. It was...
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    SD Trip#1- t minus 24 hrs.....

    Well heading west for our first trip mid morning tomorrow. Going to hunt four days on this trip. I will be sure to post how things went early next week once I return. Also the wife and I will be attending the PF banquet in Winner, SD this Friday evening. I believe the banquet is for the...
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    SD Bird numbers....

    I just returned from a long weekend doing last minute fixes on the house for the pheasant opener. And in between that work I had to hand deliver a puppy to my friend SD Jim. He has eagerly been awaiting the arrival of his new little girl who is an exceptional setter puppy. I think they are...
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    Very quiet????

    Noticed it's been very quiet in the SD forum. Anyone have any new updates on brood sightings? I know its summer but there's has to be something to discuss? The third week of Oct is still beyond sight at this point. My excitement for this fall makes the clock tick slower, my work weeks...
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    Day #4 report.....

    Well long story short, a ton of ground covered and very few birds to show for it. Our party of three has 13 roosters total after three days of hunting. We have had limited contacts which at this point has me frustrated. We have covered a 40 mile radius from the home base. There isn't no...
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    Trip #1 to SD starts tomorrow afternoon...

    I sit here in my office day dreaming more than working. Mentally I left for SD two days ago, physically I am still in my office in northern Wisconsin. My "focus" seems to locked on the clock. Not only counting the hours but every second and minute that goes by. I am sure a lot of people can...
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