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Montana Labor Day Sharptail Hunt

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The weather cooled down a little today so my griffon & I decided to head out to our favorite Sharpy Haunt and were pleasantly surprised with 3 sharpies & 1 Hun. We entered the field to start out the hunt with a nice solid point on a covey of huns in some sage. Rudy was nice and steady as I moved in kicking the sage brush then the explosion of 15-25 birds startled me for the first wild flush of the year. After regaining my nerves I managed to shoulder my gun and knock one down. Then as we moved to the next coulee we encountered the sharpies one gets up & it is down. I relocate the Rudy and another point only yards from the first one is up & down at the shot of the over under. He makes a great retrieve on this bird as it was not shot well by me and is on the move 45 yards up the coulee it is caught and brought to hand. At this point we are at the back of the BMA and consumimg water to where I think we should start to head back to the truck to replenish our water. We are walking the edge of the sage and last years wheat stubble when Rudy locks up on point. I approach and 4 sharpies explode into the air. One falls victim as I try to relocate my second shot but it is off at bird number two with a swing and a miss! We returned to the truck with our Montana treasure and enjoy each others company as we call it a day here in South Central Montana.

Best regards,

Chris & Rudy

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I am so jealous. I made my first trip to MT last year and loved hunting sharptails. My first day hunting we got a nice mixed bag of sharptails, huns and ruffed grouse. Don't think I'll be out this year but hopefully will be next year. Good Luck the rest of the season and keep us posted on the hunting.

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Nice pic. We hunt NE MT. Thanks for sharing.

That's one ugly dog.

I love mine. I want another one and am going rounds with the family between another one or a lab. Owning one I bet you know why I want another one over a lab.

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Yeah I love my Ugly Dog!!!!

Oh you have to go with another Griff! Our new pup will be on the way in late winter or the spring!! We are waiting for the dam to cycle for this planned breeding. Pup will be out of Colorado this time.

Yeah NE MT should be good this year the reports are there are a good number of birds, but waiting on the wheat harvest to happen the wheat is still green up there. We are headed up there after the harvest for a few hunts.

Regards,

Chris

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CAJ    0

I'm in NE Montana, and the harvest is going good. About 3 weeks late. Lots of Sharptail, but Pheasants are realy short supply.

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Thanks for the report CAJ,

Can you point me to any of the BMA Numbers with some good bird numbers. I have the region books so the numbers or towns nearby will be fine and I can do the rest. Was thinking of heading up that way soon from Billings.

Thanks,

Chris

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CAJ    0

The best numbers I have seen and heard of are in and around Scobey, Redstone andEast and north of Plentywwood. Lots of walkin areas around Scobey andeast of there is Navaho area. Lots of bereaks in that area with crop land in and out of the Grass areas.

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