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  1. A5 Sweet 16

    Season Wrap Up

    Ace & I ended the season pretty strong over the weekend, and a fabulous season it was! Even without the 4-weekend extension (which added 8 hunts), I hunted more times than ever before. We hunted about 97% public land and CREP/WIAs in the southeastern part of the state. Ended with a 2.11...
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    Genetic Gunshyness??

    I understand that gunshyness is either created (& potentially cured) or prevented. I also understand that ideally, regardless of breeding, a dog would be "properly" acclimated to gunfire by a proven method. Because even the "best bred" dog can become gunshy if not acclimated properly...
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    Typical Winter Hunt

    What does your typical winter hunt look like? No doubt cover type, weather conditions, dog's hunting style, group size, etc. influence how you hunt. Ace & I were out Saturday with a buddy & his springer from about an hour past the starting gun, nearly until the closing bell. We put in what I'd...
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    Cool stuff you see while hunting...

    One thing I love about pheasant hunting is all the other cool stuff I see. What have you guys seen this season?? I'm probably forgetting some things, but just this season alone, I've seen: 1. This abandoned grain elevator near Nunda, SD. I've driven by it many, many times & am always...
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    The Roosters are Killing Me!!

    As many of you know, I hunt pretty much solely public land & walk-ins in SE SD. It's quite rare that I take the time to get on private ground anymore. But I'm thinking that may become necessary, very soon, if I want to shoot many more pheasants in the last 6 weeks of the season. Prior to Dec...
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    Best Vest EVER!!!

    I wish I had a 1/2 box of bismuth for every time the vest question has come up. All the modern, techy "vests" with all their bells & whistles sure are intriguing. But for the discerning pheasant nut who demands performance, but has an eye for fashion.... This is the Mount'n Prairie camo hunting...
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    Noisy Roosters!!!

    Saturday, Nov. 28 was a beautiful day in southeastern SD. Ace & I got our limit at about 4:15. Walking to the truck, roosters started crowing/cackling all over the place!! Went on for quite a while. They were mostly doing their flying type cuk, cuk, cuk, cuk.....but they weren't flying. And...
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    One of my most memorable hunts...

    Inspired by "Hits & Misses..." by Labs. I don't have inexplicable hits. Even the toughest, most unlikely shots that I happen to make.....they're because I'm just that awesome. :p But eventually, the inexplicable misses happen.....Oy! I hate 'em. Hate 'em. Hate 'em!! Especially if they multiply...
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    Thanksgiving weekend report

    Ace & I had a good weekend. Ate, hunted, napped. The public land birds are pretty tough right now. Most of them know how to win the game we play with them. They've got almost as many options as they had on opening day. 6" of snow would shift the odds a bit more in our favor, even if only...
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    Huge Day for Ace!!!

    Oh happy day!!! Ace is 18 months, and I can now say w/ 95% certainty that he understands that "fetch" applies to roosters the same as tennis balls!! His first ALL RETRIEVED limit!! The boy has known much praise in his short life. But none as exuberant & heartfelt as today. I'm so excited...
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    Ace Up My Sleeve

    Ace (aka: Ace, PPP ; aka: The Spaceman) & I had another great weekend on southeastern SD public land. This pic was yesterday. We continue to see better numbers in the areas we hunt than we've seen in several years. I kind of saw this coming, partially because of the early crop harvest, but...
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    Dog Hammock

    This could very well be the best $30 I've ever spent. After 2 weekends of hunting, so far, so very, very good. Ace agrees...
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    How-to Article

    As we get closer & closer to the season, there's more & more discussion on finding places to hunt & what those places should offer. If there was an entertaining article (call it a definitive treatise) on how to find, hunt & shoot pheasants on public land in SD, written by a true expert, would...
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    SD Public Land Poll

    Just curious here..... What percentage of the pheasant hunting you do in SD is on land w/ public access?? (GPA, WPA, WIA, CREP, CHAP, ditches, etc.) I'm at about 98%. Update: (after about 1 week) I asked the same question on a pheasant hunting facebook page. The answers on each page were...
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    Season Wrap-Up

    Is it October yet?!? So yesterday, as many of you know, was W-I-N-D-Y!!!! With that & all the snow, I wasn't up for a long, drawn-out, all-dayer. So Ace & I hit little stretches of cattail ditches from about 11:00 to 1:30. We saw what I'd call "lots" of birds & pretty much all over the...
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    Raw Spots Under The Eyes

    A couple weeks ago I posted a pic of Ace after I assumed he'd been spurred by a rooster, because right after a tussle w/ a very lively one, he had a "wound" under his eye. Then, the very next hunt, he developed a matching "wound" under the other eye. They don't seem to be cuts, pokes, or...
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    Pad Heal???

    Do any of you have experience w/ "Pad Heal" by Cut-Heal? I've heard from a couple people elsewhere that it's great stuff for not only conditioning/protecting a dog's pads, but also to help them heal (no pun intended...heel???). :o Whenever we get the "Besides booties, what do you use on your...
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    Ace's First Battle Scar

    Novel time.... (i.e.: short story, long) Well, Ace is just 8 months old now, & I can't be happier w/ his hunting abilities. Any shortcomings he has at this point aren't his fault. I haven't been doing a very good job documenting things, but I think we've been out about 21 times so far & he...
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    Ice Conditions

    No offense, but I laughed at the guys who were so certain that by this time of the season all this water would become a non-issue. I was right. Still an issue. In the areas I hunt, open areas (no cattails) in sloughs are walkable. But even after a week of single-digit highs & some bitter cold...
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    Boot Dryer

    Here's my boot dryer. It works good.
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