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    Central ND Broods

    What a great report! Thank you for sharing. Going to be a great fall
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    Broods

    Ok. I suck at attaching files. Was out today and had a nice video of twelve little ones with mom. Tried to attach it. Not very good at that stuff. Should get my kids to help me.
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    Broods

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    Broods

    Yeah , the chicks are really resilient. Last year in SW ND we got some nice rains in May. June maybe an inch and the same for July and August. We had 9 days in July that were 95 degrees or higher. I thought no way when I was out at the farm would any little chicks survive this. There was...
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    Broods

    I went out this morning and in 7 miles I saw 8 different broods. 5 to 7 chicks was the average. I still saw hens with zero chicks so not sure what that means? Predation or too much rain at the wrong time ? I definitely saw more then I saw two weeks ago and more then what we were seeing a year...
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    Broods

    So.. if you had a hundred hens. Do 50% of those hens have successful broods. It probably varies with cover and predation but it would be interesting to learn what success rate hens have of having a brood. We know by august the ones that had broods have about 6. Any thoughts or facts...
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    Broods

    6 to 7 hens I meant
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    Broods

    I have seen the same thing with the hens. Still seeing 6 to hens a night by themselves or with a rooster. I have heard success rates for the mallard hen at only 30 % for their broods making it to September. I would think the hen pheasant is better then that? Hopefullly they are 75%. Does...
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    Broods

    Jo Bo. I was out a week ago in southwest ND. Saw similar size broods as you. Bugs and grasshoppers everywhere. 2 broods were 6 in one and 8 in the other - they were dove size. Later that night I saw two more broods. They were the size of huns. One had 5 and the second had 7. I did see hens...
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    Alfalfa growing questions

    Great advice. I will talk to the agronomist at Milborn Seeds to find out those good questions you have brought to my attention.
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    First trip to Montana for Sharptail and Huns.

    Benelli-banger, I feel like I could hunt and be your friend and we’ve never met. Your positive , honest and passionate. I love your reports. Keep sending. Keep shooting and enjoy the rest of your fall
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    Alfalfa growing questions

    I really appreciate your response Mcafarmer. I am thinking just straight round up ready alfalfa. Even though the cost is more for the seed I am able to spray it with roundup when the thistle plants are small. We have a Canada thistle problem. If I were to use milestone the alfalfa and clover...
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    Alfalfa growing questions

    If I were to establish alfalfa strips throughout my land for upland game like pheasants… Can a guy plant alfalfa and not mow it at all? Will it choke itself out? I want to plant 90 foot strips for brood cover on the edges of my grass stands. My land is in southwest North Dakota. Any thoughts...
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    First trip to Montana for Sharptail and Huns.

    Who would have thought that all those grasshoppers that were stuck on my pickup front end would be so important in a drought year like this. Phenomenal hatch of hoppers this year! If you shoot a first year rooster or sharptail be sure to give a shout-out to that important bug. Those birds...
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    First trip to Montana for Sharptail and Huns.

    I am not going to Montana to hunt sharpies or pheasant. Montana’s conditions were similar to North and South Dakota. Meaning hot and dry. There are obviously some isolated places that received more rain then others. But as a whole if the sharptail grouse broods could make it through these...
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    First trip to Montana for Sharptail and Huns.

    Anybody have any good sharptail grouse reports from Montana? Bird numbers Up ? Down ?
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    Decent report...

    I was out in central ND today after the rain and was surprised at the number of broods I saw today. A few weeks ago I hardly saw any. I think that was due to the heat. After the rain yesterday I saw five or six broods this morning. Most had four or five chicks. Not a bumper crop of new birds...
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    Decent report...

    That is encouraging. I was out east of Bismarck a week ago. We saw three broods. One had 6 to 7, second had 4 to 5 and the third brood had 3. We saw 4 other hens and got out of vehicle and the hens flew away with no chicks. We saw two to three hens with rooster still even the middle of...
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    How dry is western North Dakota?

    Labs, are you seeing adult birds or are their some chicks on the scoria roads in the mornings. ?
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    Mid-Winter Pheasant Reports

    I totally agree with you that the farmers should emergency hay the grass in dry years. One thing that does not make sense to me is what todays farmer gets paid for crp. Here is my example: In 1991 the land we own now was in crp. We have two quarters. At that time the rental rate was $35...
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