I’m jealous and miss living in South Dakota. I was a teacher and it was nice to go for a short walk after school.I'm going to talk about actual hunting miles. Ace & I put on some miles that don't really count as hunting - we're just getting from the truck to where we want to start; from one area to another; stuff like that. Those are typically fast, easy miles & vary quite a bit from hunt to hunt.
Yesterday Ace & I hunted for 1.5 hours. I covered 2.1 miles, for an average pace of 1.4 mph. That's a pretty normal pace for us. Sometimes 2 mph in light cover. I hunt slowly, while he tears the place apart (I don't work hard). A long day for me is 4-5 miles, with 3-3.5 being more typical. (Long days are commonly when I hunt w/ a friend & we're trying to find a few more birds than usual.) Depending on habitat type, I figure Ace covers 4-7 times the distance I do. So maybe 17-18 miles on the average hunt. This may come off a little assholey, but when Ace & I are alone together, if we can't put 2 or 3 roosters in the vest in 3.5/19 miles, I've probably done something wrong.
While it would be fun to take a week or 2 weeks multiple times during the season & just hunt, that's just not my situation. I'm pretty lucky to be able to make these relatively short hunts basically twice a week, all season long.
He’s obviously never hunted in Kansas. Especially out west where everything is a full section. When I was young hunting in a big group, I walked every field. We would start at sun up and do four or five by lunch. Then do the same after. Not counting deadheads that sounds like 10 miles or so everyday. Party hunting in my teen years it was us youngsters to fill out the limits.You’re lazy Ithought everybody walked that far
We still do one or two of those a year, I do a lot of blocking. You can really stack up the miles hunting cornersHe’s obviously never hunted in Kansas. Especially out west where everything is a full section. When I was young hunting in a big group, I walked every field. We would start at sun up and do four or five by lunch. Then do the same after. Not counting deadheads that sounds like 10 miles or so everyday. Party hunting in my teen years it was us youngsters to fill out the limits.
Just got home. Only hunted 4 days - weather forecast ran this Southern boy out of SD and we lost half of one day to rain.Wrapped up this hunt yesterday; good trip, birds are in or near large blocks of cover…roosting, loafing, food, water…seems that if all are present, so are the birds. Smaller, isolated chunks didn’t hold birds. #’s are down, but did hunt a piece that held 80, 100, maybe more? Dogs are holding up ok, back on Wednesday….weather looks good, it was pretty warm the last few days…outside this am at 4 with the dogs, downright balmy! First day and last day only walked about 4.5 miles, hunting was good! Middle two days were about 8.5 per day, which is preferable to me…great feeling at night, comfortably numb, with the help of Jacob Leinenkugel…
Congrats, nice summary!Just got home. Only hunted 4 days - weather forecast ran this Southern boy out of SD and we lost half of one day to rain.
My Fitbit says day one - 8.3 miles, day 2 - 11.3, day 3 - 9.1 and day 4 - 7.2.
I agree with BB would much rather be hunting at the end of the day rather than a short day. Pretty sure my dogs would agree too.
We did find good bird numbers on smaller tracts - quarter sections - but it seemed to depend more on what surrounded it. Most of the ground we hunted we have been hunting 20 years or more so its familiar.
More than half of our roosters were older, mature birds.
We did get one rooster with a 26 1/4-inch tail feather that was leading the local longest tail contest for a few days until a 28 inch one checked in. Case of shells was first prize.
Numbers may have been down slightly but we were consistently seeing birds.
I thought number of hunters was down based on what I saw at my motel and restaurants.
Looking forward to December hunt.
Picture was first day. Kate(left) is Snowy's mom.
Second picture Reece (Snowy's brother), Rocky and Snowy the day it rained.