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Pheasant 2020

4/29/20 @ 10:28 AM
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Pool8
User since 1/27/17

The DNR will be reducing the pheasant stocking from 75000 to 50000 because of covid 19. Also no day old chick program this year. 

I read this in the latest WON paper.


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TODAY @ 10:56 AM
rpole
rpole
User since 6/18/01

I drove by when they were burning, the smoke was unreal, as were the flames in some areas.   turned around and hunted off Wilton, the smoke wasn't hitting there.  didn't see a bird and when I got back into the truck it still smelt like smoke.


speaking of Wilton, this is a longshot but did anyone lose anything out there?  article of clothing so to speak.   if so, let me know, if described correctly, I'll get it back to you.

11/21/20 @ 9:36 PM
Bdub
User since 5/19/10

Nice rooster buddy. ThTs a mutant strand, released by one of the game farms. 

Lily yes they burned kettle 2.5 weeks ago. It was intentional. While it stinks during pheasant season, it’s the best time to clean up the fields

11/21/20 @ 7:25 PM
thinblueline
User since 1/25/10

Shot this guy yesterday on a small state owned wetland. Almost didn’t shoot when it flushed into the sun because it looked different and I thought it was hen...until it cackled and then I touched off on the trigger. Of course he dumped into the cattails and by the time my dogs found it, it was quite soaked and bedraggled.

11/20/20 @ 9:43 PM
lilygirl
User since 6/20/06

I went out to Kettle moraine to hunt and I was in shock when i saw the whole field was burned.  Does anyone know if it was a controlled burn?  Surprised by the timing, in middle of pheasant season and right before deer season? Doesnt seem to make sense.

11/17/20 @ 6:25 PM
wingsnfins
wingsnfins
MEMBER since 10/5/05

Went 1 for 2 on public land this morning....

11/13/20 @ 7:44 PM
Pool8
User since 1/27/17

Got out today to 2 properties both had birds, I missed my one shot , nothing new there.  Would be nice if things would freeze up some spots we went you'd need hip waders. Great day to be out.


11/7/20 @ 8:08 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
User since 8/24/07

Hunter and hound. 

I agree with your idea as well. And for those who want to stay closer to home, there is a great population of wild birds on public land in Iowa. The Hawkeye Wildlife area has a lot of acreage and bird population increased dramatically this year. 

11/6/20 @ 7:13 PM
Bdub
User since 5/19/10

Well the birds are still out there. And the field I hit this morning did not have a recent drop. When I showed up at 5:55 am and saw three trucks with 6 guys and 4 dogs in the lot, I thought maybe they knew something. Then 2 more trucks showed up and I thought maybe right time right place. 

Well I walked to a spot with my dog on a leash waiting on legal shooting time. However the large group thought that as long as there was a semblance of light they could hunt. Pissed me off. So as I let them trounce through the field I took my pup off leash, walked around, and 150 yards behind the swarm one point, one rooster. Granted we had to go into the swamp, but still a great feeling. 

Then we went through another swamp where people prefer not to go, got on some hard land and busted another. 

Here’s an interesting one, my pup has “tree’d” a few birds this year. And when he does, he goes nuts barking at them. Anyone else ever seen this? He’s a GSP. 

Anyway, good luck, shoot straight, stay safe, and look on the outskirts!

11/6/20 @ 12:30 PM
Hunter&Hound
User since 7/24/01

Lots of birds on public land...in SD.  Jump in the truck and go shoot wild (mostly) pheasants.


You're welcome.

11/6/20 @ 8:13 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
User since 8/24/07

I gave up hunting the public land years ago. Too much driving. Way too crowded and often no birds to be found. I have a young dog that “needs” to work or she is unbearable in the house. Some of the local hunt clubs offer good habitat and strong flying birds and they don’t require a membership.  Yes it costs money. To me it’s worth it to get the dog some work and hunt birds with my son. It beats having to compete for space in the field with guys chasing the bird drops. 

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