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  1. BRITTMAN

    Best affordable lodge for a trip?

    Reserving rooms should not be an issue that time of year. If you decide to use minimum maintenance roads in SD after the snow comes and stays ... I would be prepared to sleep in the truck ... likelihood is low, but being prepared is a must
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    Late Season Advice

    Sandlake is not all cattails, but there are some massive cattail areas and areas of sudan grass or other 8' high type grasses. The pheasants on Sandlake get smart quickly. There are NWR in both Dakotas that open to pheasants (late season). Pressure is amazingly high opening day and then...
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    Best affordable lodge for a trip?

    The front page of this web site (main page and not the main forum page) actually lists lodges and pay to play sites. Maybe click the links listed on this site to generate a little revenue for the owners of the web site. The vast majority of hunters that use and post on this forum are hunters...
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    Lots of hunters

    Small-town motels in MT and ND are typically around $70/night. Finding a cafe is a whole different story ... Gas is indeed the largest expense.
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    Lots of hunters

    Don't watch podcasts and refrain from watching hunting videos including YouTube and any posted on this site.
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    Wind!!!!!

    I love creek beds through corn …. the great advantage of access to private land.
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    Unpopular opinion - dog caught a hen

    Bird flu is not uncommon in snow geese. Their desire to live and migrate in large flocks in close proximity with each other makes them especially vulnerable.
  8. BRITTMAN

    2023 Season

    I pheasant hunt for my dogs and not for myself. :unsure: Well not quite true, but darn close. Shooting birds is just an added bonus and well when you miss and you get that look ... The dogs probably have little idea about the weather, the location, the quarry, etc... until they are out...
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    Wind!!!!!

    Back to pheasants ...
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    Wind!!!!!

    I rarely even want to fish a portable. I prefer open air ice fishing You don't have to move if you know the fish patterns and often many species (especially those schools on the feed) are moving ... often in a pattern. Many days I go out an hour or two before dark and fish to a bit after...
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    2023 Season

    I had a Britt get a rose stick (torns and all) stuck in his throat. Why he tried to swallow that I will never know. Rushed him to the vet and that is what they found ... I had another Britt that had a stick actually puncture the back of her throat - I suppose while running ... it became...
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    Wind!!!!!

    Gim: you just started hunting pheasants last week - so one week into your personal season. Many of us have been chasing pheasants for about 6+ weeks now. Add in grouse, prairie chicken, etc... I have been walking for birds for 75 days (albeit far fewer actual days than that). The ice...
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    Wind!!!!!

    Snow can be a bigger detriment to pheasant hunting and ice fishing. Too much snow too early in the season and it takes the fun out of both. Too often it creates places on the ice that either are too soft for man or creates massive areas of flooding and slush. Second half of last December...
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    Wind!!!!!

    Ice fishing is a great time. I love figuring out crappies. I rarely ice fish more than 4-5 hours at a time and that includes drive, walk, and set up times. I mostly gave up ice fishing except one or two short trips each winter with my kids. Winter sports limited ice fishing. Not...
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    Wind!!!!!

    I know of some willow or brush-type spots that you cannot see from the road. In high wind conditions - you can approach these spots and easily find 100 birds - most reluctant to leave despite the ensuing hunter threat.
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    What is Perfect Point of Impact??

    I can tell you that over the last 30 years, it takes me longer to get on target and pull the trigger. I have always been one to let the clay move a bit further than most (before the stake on a skeet range though). I also usually do not shoot at birds until others have the first chance...
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    What is Perfect Point of Impact??

    Quite a few guns actually tend to shoot high (above the plane of the barrel or rib). I learned this when patterning a shotgun or two for turkey hunting.
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    What is Perfect Point of Impact??

    My son is a very, very good clay target shooter. Yes, he has missed a pheasant or two this season, but all the birds he has killed were dead on ground impact. Target shooting will make you a better hunter. We shoot clays quite often and I really like watching how the clays break ... you can...
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    What is Perfect Point of Impact??

    Pattern your gun on your favorite shells. My little 20 ga. O/U patterned poorly on #4s and larger (lead and steel). Great pattern on steel 7s and lead 7.5s ... so perfect for ruffed grouse. I use "7"s for pheasant too with the understanding if I want to reach out ... case the 20 and use...
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    What is Perfect Point of Impact??

    If I think about lead it is when I miss. Same is true on the sporting clays range.
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