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Scott M

Saw some Huns yesterday

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I've only seen them twice in this state, and never while carrying a gun. Anybody see many of them? Anyone see any this year? Why are their numbers always so scarce?

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We have seen some this year. One brood had 14 chicks in it. Have seen more this year than in the past but nothing compared to the late eighties.

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I've talked to a few fellas in the southern portion of the state that have huns on their prviate land. I've never run into them on public though. I do pretty well in the Dakota's on them some years.

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I used to see them back in the 70's in S. MN occasionally. I see them a lot more out in S. Central N. Dak (Along the Mo)where I hunt Phez and Sharpies. I'd say in MN the loss of large expanses of cover and way too many Skunks, Yotees and Fox could have some impact.

They're great eating, though when you get a few to make a meal. They're like a little bonus you get Hunting that makes the top of list for trip highlights.

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I bump at least one group every year hunting private stuff in SW MN. Couple of years ago, I ran into some in Sibley county which really had me scratching my head. Wish there were more around.

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Generally speaking I believe Huns have a fairly small home range. Back in the late 70s and early 80s we had a lot of Huns in the area. We would kick up the same covey in the same fence line a few times each year and from one year to the next. It wasn't unusual to see 8 to 12 coveys a day. Most of the time they had anywhere from 12 to 30 birds in each covey. I miss having those little buggers around in decent numbers.

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Totally agree with koonie. The huns that we do see are in the same areas that we saw them twenty odd years ago just not as many. There home range is pretty small. A covey will keep showing up in the same general area over and over again.

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We had a patch of grass we could walk every year to get a nice covey rise out of. We could hit it more than once, every year, for many, many years. That was back in the late 80's and early 90's when we had them running through our yard and picking our berries often in the mornings. We still see quite a few in NW MN every year, but not huge numbers. SW MN we see at least a covey or two every single trip down, often in the same areas as the year before.

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