I think A5 Sweet 16 is pulling your leg a little. There are no WPAs west of the Missouri River. There's a few GPAs, WIAs, National Grasslands, etc. and a US Wildlife Preserve, but no WPAs. That being said there are a few isolated pockets of pheasants east of the BH within driving distance. But you'll have to work to find them. I hunted one such area on the Resident Only weekend and shot my limit in about 5 minutes. But, it took me and a good dog 3 hours to find the honey hole. Hope you have a great season.You shouldnt be hot spotting like that. Now everyones going to hunt E of there.
Not so unusual. I've hunted pheasants in SD every season since 1961. Up until the late 90's I never once had a dog with me and many times I was with a group of 12-14. I'll admit that having a dog helps and I bought my first dog 5 years ago and wouldn't go bird hunting without him. But, for many years I couldn't understand the need for a dog if you were only going to bird hunt one weekend and perhaps an afternoon or two during the late season. Shot most of my birds over a 30+ year period road hunting in the golden hour with a 410 breakaction and the family 4 door sedan. But I was raised by Depression Era parents, so I probably think different than most.Were you all on public land? How do 20 guys hunt with only 2 dogs?
See many hens? I helped out a farmer friend yesterday...17 guys, with family 20...3-4 dogs, 3 of them mine. When 17 hunters arrive with no dogs, they don’t realize they’re hunting planted birds....We had 20 guys and 2 dogs. It was cold and windy but ended the day with 51. It's been quite awhile since we have had that good a day. A bunch of happy hunters here.