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  1. Matt D

    Trip report

    Got back yesterday from 10 days of hunting. Was supposed to be 14 but the ice and snow forecast chased us home a few days early. Temps we hunted were between 74 and 26 for highs. Lows got down to 14 a few nights. Trip mileage was just shy of 3600. Fuel prices paid varied from 3.99 down to...
  2. Matt D

    Pierre Steak Dinner

    Looks like we are gonna eat dinner at least one night in Pierre during our trip. Mad Mary's, Cattleman's or another place for the best steak dinner in town? Will be the second week of November if anyone is interested in joining the two of us to eat. Looking forward to hearing everyone's opinions.
  3. Matt D

    Trip Report - WARNING - Long Read

    Just returned from 9 days of hunting. Put 3550 miles in this trip from OH to SD. Hunted a much wider area this year and it was fun exploring new areas of the state. For the most part I would say bird numbers were up but we had one area that the land owner said they weren’t and our experience...
  4. Matt D

    Youth Hunt

    Another year of guiding here for the local youth hunt put on by PF. I figured it up and pretty sure this is my 15th year of guiding for this. One of the highlights of my season to be honest. So far have ran both dogs by them selves and they are in good form for this early in the year. Below is a...
  5. Matt D

    Tri tronics 2 dog system

    Have a Flyway G3 with two EXP collars. All hold charge great and can get multiple days use out of all of them between charges. Comes with 3 charging bases for the collars and one for the transmitter. One of the collars has the Tracer add on which to be honest I have never used. Will come in a...
  6. Matt D


    Just traveling back from SD. Been reflecting on the trip and already counting down the days to next year. Hunted north central part of the state and almost 100 percent of the corn is still standing and maybe half the flowers. The birds are using both a lot as has already been talked about. It...
  7. Matt D

    Great day

    Sitting here watching the sun rise on a nice crisp 45 degree Saturday morning. I’ve written many times in the past about the youth hunt put on at one of the local hunt clubs. Getting ready to head that direction for another year of introducing youths to pheasant hunting. Funny how I hadn’t...
  8. Matt D

    6 month old female field bred ESS

    Posting this to help a friend out. This female was owned by the same guy that originally had my new dog. He is not doing well battling cancer and the breeder took both dogs back to sell for the family. I bought the male and he still has the female if anyone is looking for a pup. She is dark...
  9. Matt D

    New addition to the family - Bailey

    As many of you know I had to put Copper down while we were in SD this year. Had no plans to add a second dog right away as Boucher is just 4.5 years old. Sometimes though things just seem to happen. Buddy of mine got a text from the breeder that his dog came from and he had a couple older pups...
  10. Matt D

    Good bye Copper

    Every dog owner knows eventually that day will come when it is time to make that final trip to the vet. Yesterday was that day for me and Copper. I have posted a lot of pics of him over his 14+ year life of chasing birds in 3 different states. Yesterday we had a banner morning dropping 6 birds...
  11. Matt D

    My Daughters Deer

    Our extra weekend gun season was last weekend. Have had two shooters we have been chasing this year and after an encounter with the other one Saturday night where we ran out of light while my niece was huntin with me this one showed up Sunday evening and my daughter made a nice shot on it. She...
  12. Matt D

    Opening Day 2017

    Missed this morning for the first time in many years. Made it out this afternoon. Texted a buddy on the way and he beat me there with one in the bag already. Just as I got out of the truck got another text from him that he had a cripple at the other end of the field he couldnt find. Drove down...
  13. Matt D

    Looking for private land north central SD

    Reauest deleted. We are good to go. Mods - feel free to delete. Thanks Matt
  14. Matt D

    Wanted - started Lab

    I have a buddy looking for a started lab. Any leads would be appreciated. Thanks Matt
  15. Matt D

    Rogers steel shoot deal

    Maybe there is a better place than Rogers for pricing but I couldn't find it. A case of 3" 1 1/4 oz steel loads for $169.99 shipped and from 11/20 to 11/30 Remington has double rebate on those for $100 per case so $7 a box for 3" steel shot seems tough to beat. Have to have rebate post marked...
  16. Matt D

    Steel shot size preference?

    Have never had to use steel for pheasant before. Can the experienced steel shooters tell me what size you prefer and also is 3" the way to go for this? I look forward to seeing what the opinions are on this. Thanks!
  17. Matt D

    Youth season

    Got to take two youths hunting today. First was a young fellow that has been shooting some clay birds with us lately and is a darn good shot. Two birds flushed, two shots and he had his limit in his bag. Next was my niece. She shot clay pigeons for the first time 2 weeks ago and did excellent...
  18. Matt D

    One of the best days of the year

    Sitting here finishing off the first coffee of the day as I prepare to head to the preserve for what is usually one of my more rewarding days of the year. One of the pheasant preserves in conjunction with PF does a youth hunt each year. I have helped many times over the years and Copper has...
  19. Matt D

    Help - Tri Tronics transmitter

    Lost my transmitter last week while in the field. Been trying to locate one with no luck. The new Garmins are not interchangeable with the older units. Any help locating either just a transmitter or transmitter and collar would be greatly appreciated. Mine is Classic 70 G3 EXP. Have tried collar...
  20. Matt D

    Beretta Upland Vests

    I have two brand new with tags still on them beretta vests for sale. The Beretta sizing tends to run small on most items so I bought these in 2XL but the sizing on these items run pretty much dead on and these are a little too big for me. Great looking vests and the Beretta quality is...