The End?

remy3424

Well-known member
The last 2 winters we have not had anything near that snow. It won't seem to rain here, so I am guessing no snow either. I am OK with winter droughts. That much snow makes life hard on the birds. Guessing unless you get some above average temps for a week, most will let those birds be for this season. That sucks and all that this early...that snow could still be here in March.
 

gimruis

Well-known member
I hunt in central MN and generally the second half of December has some measurable snow on the ground. Some years its quite deep, like knee to waist deep where its drifted up. It really saps my energy quick, and the dog too. I'm always shocked to see people posting photos of roosters in December with no snow on the ground.

We got about 1.5 inches of snow here today, and maybe another inch tomorrow. I can deal with it and the birds can too. Hoping that things work out in ND for you guys. Obviously everyone needs moisture in snow or rain form so its not entirely bad.
 

NDPheasant

Well-known member
Has anyone hunted in snowshoes? My wife and I just ordered them for something to do when pheasant season is over.
 

remy3424

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I bought a pair a snowshoes and had them for almost 10 years before I used/needed them. A few winters ago, we had a bunch of late snow and extreme cold temps. We had placed a 55 barrel full of shelled corn in a hedgerow by our crp switchgrass, as our food plots were a disaster that year. I bundled-up and walked out to it (short of a half mile) 4 or 5 times and would put out a few 5 gallon buckets of it each time until we had some snow melt. If the conditions are such snowshoes are needed, I will not be stirring-up the birds. Had a trail cam out and after about 3 weeks I finally got all the kinks out (replaced cameras, batteries, memory cards) and got some awesome pics that I posted here. We did have a huge carry-over of birds that winter, I hope that corn I put out was part of that. I hope I never need those snowshoes again. The barrel is there full of corn today...our food plots of grain sorghum did pretty decent this year, so it will have to get really tough to need to feed them again....but I would.
 

Kismet

UPH Guru
Has anyone hunted in snowshoes? My wife and I just ordered them for something to do when pheasant season is over.
I don't have a lot of experience, but that such as I have prompts me to say--practice before you commit to a long snowshoe walk. Your calves and thighs and lungs will be exerting more energy and drawing more oxygen than you can imagine.

Your body starts to explain the meaning of "old body" real quick.

That said, you can get places with them where you wouldn't try otherwise.

Be safe.

(Oh, and take an aspirin before you go, it will start helping as you tear muscle on the trek.)
 
Snowshoeing is fun for short periods. I have even hunted ptarmigan with them. I would never use them where there is a lot of brush or weeds of any kind sticking up or just buried out of sight can you say faceplant.
 

1stAllin

New member
Has anyone hunted in snowshoes? My wife and I just ordered them for something to do when pheasant season is over.
Yes. Hok skis too, which are very short, wide X-country skis. Like others have said, snowshoes aren't bad to hunt from if you are in open country (think prairie) but it gets significantly less fun in brush or cattails.
 

JLP

Member
I'm on the east side of the state. We mostly got rain which turned to ice. Was out on Sunday and the slough and fields were all ice covered. Not good! Didn't see any tracks at two of my usual spots and that's concerning because I usually see plenty of birds. With temps predicted to be below zero this weekend, this season could be a bust.
 

Dion B

New member
Going to it a chance , south of the interstate near Hebron, guessing it’s going to be tough, Friday, Saturday, any takers ? Have a party of 3 currently,
 

BRITTMAN

Well-known member
It will be a bit chilly. Keep an eye on your dogs if they are kenneled in open air pickup truck beds.

You should see a lot of pheasants holing up along farmyard shelterbelts. If you have access to private land you will be fine.
 

Jerryv

Member
Has anyone hunted in snowshoes? My wife and I just ordered them for something to do when pheasant season is over.

I have done it a few times for late season hunts in SW ND after major snowstorms. Most places they aren't needed, but to get up and over the drifts, they can really help. Crossing fences with them on can be problematic.

Jerry
 
Took a drive around yesterday. Didn’t see any cover that wasn’t completely blown full of snow. Even some of the county roads are still drifted in. Been awhile since the season essentially ended this early.
 

Kismet

UPH Guru

What is Hok Skiing?​


Hok skiing is similar to snowshoeing, but it is easier and takes less energy as the hok skis (also known as ski-shoes) are designed for sliding, so you do not need to pick your feet up. It basically involves hybrid skis instead of traditional skis that were invented by Asian hunters long ago as a means to enjoying winter more conveniently.


Hok is a word popularly spoken by the natives of Tuva, which means skis. Tuvans use special skis, known as Hok Skis or ski-shoes, in the Altai Mountains region for skiing. Therefore, the practice of skiing is originally called hok skiing, and more recently ski-shoeing.
 
Birds are doing okay where I am at. The winds blew the fields bare so they can get at food. For hunting not so great, the sloughs are pretty full and the grass is completely flattened. The birds are really clumped up in farmer’s yards doing just fine thank you. Me who I will admit am short find , cRawlings through crotch deep snowdrifts a bit of a challenge. Looks like I will have shells leftover for next year.
 
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