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    Bittersweet

    A bittersweet day. We hadn’t planned to hunt today. The winds were forecast to be outrageous. They weren’t. Since Pheasant Acres will be on the market in a couple months, Mo and I decided to take one last out the back door hunt with Jazzy J. Pads is on Injured Reserve. We love being able to do...
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    License Plates

    Pheasants Forever North Dakota is trying to make a PF license plate available in North Dakota. In order to make that happen they need 50 license applications in hand. $15 of every license plate sold will go to PF. More info at the link below. Let’s make it happen...
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    Momma said there’d be days like this...

    There are several good things about a day when you can’t hit the broadside of a barn. 1. Federal Premium Ammunition profits skyrocket. Boosting the American Economy! 2. Because of #1, money coming into Pheasants Forever increases. 3. You get to see great dog work ALL day long. 4. You get to see...
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    Social media feuds among outdoorsmen

    https://www.outdoornews.com/2018/04/11/social-media-feuding-among-outdoorsmen-fueling-decline-sports/?fbclid=IwAR2w7vmIIlp2Ri8ava9rm9BKWjK4IHXo4gbPP_LYP9HAfCylyl3pJ58T1DU
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    That’s a wrap

    Well so ends the workout program known as the 2017 North Dakota Upland Bird Season. Fitbit says about 9.5 miles of prairie perusal today. Well worth it. Each of the pups locked up a rooster that fell to my “Old Man’s“ 1100. Dad would have enjoyed that. Jazz also found her 10th porky of the...
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    January

    My name is Al. I’m a rooster chasin’ junkie. Doesn’t get much more fun than slip sliding through the snow chasin’ roosters. Well it is more more fun when you have endured a week of frigid temps and now it’s balmy. Never put a key in the ignition today. Headed north with the old man Scout for a...
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    Beats the heck out of last year...

    Yesterday was birds, brew, and Bison football. Today was...Great day wandering the prairie with Mo. Birds (even some sharptails) check, outstanding dog work (ok so I don’t really emphasize retrieves) check, brew check, good cigar check, more aerobic exercise than needed (particularly for an...
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    Snow...

    Snow, wind, freshly harvested corn field, cattails, and pointing dogs. Doesn’t get much more fun in the rooster chasing world. Time to clean my three birds. Jazz also pointed three porkies. May they Rest In Peace. Celebration IPA in my near future.
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    Q5 centerfire vest

    Just ordered one. Went with their base model and then added on the options I want. Better deal I think than just ordering the fully outfitted vest. Can’t wait for it to arrive. Will kill some time by getting back out hunting today.
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    Whew...

    Good day yesterday. Four and a half hour walk with my wife Mo across the prairie. Paused only to change out dogs. Pretty fun. Very low percentage of birds seen wanted to play French Brittany/French Spaniel games. Six took them on and lost. Some outstanding almost unbelievable dog work on a...
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    Interesting article

    http://www.startribune.com/south-dakota-s-2017-pheasant-collapse-extends-to-lands-groomed-for-holding-birds/455979903/#1
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    Wandering the prairie.

    Gorgeous morning. Jazz is quite pleased with herself. One walk ... three birds. A nice double within a hundred yards of starting the walk. Finished by covering up my mistake in taking a longer shot than I should with my 28 gauge. Scout on the other hand is giving me the WTFO look. “I...
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    Opener.

    Wow. Slowest pheasant opener I have experienced since the 70s. I believe the North Dakota Game and Fish was optimistic with their prediction of a 60% decline in the pheasant population. 70% or better here. Hunted nothing but absolute prime pheasant habitat. Saw few birds. Zero young birds. Four...
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    NDGF bird count

    Game and Fish Summarizes Pheasant Brood Data North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicates total birds and number of broods are down statewide from 2016. R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the...
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    Not your usual day...

    Well, that was one weird rooster chasin day. Headed out. Decided to hit this one little spot on the way to where I planned to hunt. Picked up one bird and headed down the highway. Truck overheated. Head back home. Had to stop to let truck cool so I walked another little spot and picked up...
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    Don't be that guy

    Don't be a slob. Went to hunt some land a friend owns. Found it newly posted with signs reading ... "No Hunting, don't waste your time asking". Contacted them to see what had happened. Apparently, four vehicles of hunters from Kansas (every place has their idjits) hunted the land, shot a...
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    Le Grande Dame

    A double over the old girl this morning that could/should have been a triple. Oh well...feathers in her mouth. She is happy.
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    Lots of miles walked...

    To get our birds yesterday. Back at it today and then the dogs and I need a day off.:cheers:
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    2017 off to a decent start.

    Le Grande Dame proved she can still pin old roosters and that she has mastered the look. You know the one...the wtfo, how did you miss that one look. i couldn't hit the broadside of a barn for the first couple hours. Then my wife and I started to connect. Done by one but should have been...
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    Good way to start 2016

    30 minute walk. 3 points. 3 roosters over Jazz. Would have rather had a pic of Jazz on the second bird than the bird. We were working downwind. Jazz caught a whiff and did one of those fast 180 turns immediately into a hard point. Silhouetted against the blue sky with steam just rolling...
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