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just got back home late yesterday after 4 days in a row of hunting. Huron area was really slow. I got 2 birds a day, with at least a chance to shoot my 3 each day but birds were very hard to come by. Still lots of corn in so hopefully that will yield better results late season.
One thing that struck me as odd is that I literally didn't see any hunters out ANYWHERE. I hunted in different areas on Saturday and Sunday and I never ran into another hunter or party on public land. That is unheard of in my past experiences hunting public land around Huron in the last 10+ years or so. Even the hotels, restaurants etc are usually loaded with license plates from all over. I hardly saw any at all. I dont know if bird counts turned people away or if there was just a gap from people coming out opening week of the season and hunted 5 days and left. Just struck me as really odd.
Monday I headed West and hunted the National Grasslands near Pierre in search of some sharptail grouse and prairie chickens. Was super windy and birds were spooky and we just couldn't find them or get them in gun range. Shot a few pheasants though and ended the day with a porcupine encounter with one of the dogs. I was dreading pulling the quills out but wasnt too bad and thankfully he didnt get very many on his face. Good times I love this area. Saw lots of deer, antelope and priarie dogs and lots and lots of walking.
Tuesday started chasing grouse at sun up and had many more bird encounters with grouse but again windy conditions make it difficult. Radar showed rain coming afternoon got rained out and we just head east back home and hunted pheasants along the way. Still lots of crops in which didnt yield many results walking WIA's. Did manage to shoot 2 coyotes though.
Sundown golden hour was just awesome lots of shooting and did a little road hunting on the way home. I am exhuasted, put on a lot of miles walking last 4 days. Dogs are tore up and wore out also. Probably take a week or so off and let them heal up. Hopefully some more crops come out and the hunting will get better.
Very impressive and best overall game they have played in a couple years IMO...hopefully Dubs can stay on his game and stay healthy cuz it does not seem like they are really hitting on all cylinders yet...still early so it could go either way.....but a good start under BB so far.CaptainMusky likes this
On 10/24/2016 at 3:35 PM, Cheetah said:
Federal #4 steel, but I shoot very few birds and don't get out much. I am surprised to see so many replying with #2 or BB.
The #2 pattern very well in my gun. And over the years I have realized if I shoot a pump or auto I dont get patient enough and just keep firing. I now shoot an O/U most days and it has made me a much better shot as I tend to take more time to aim knowing I only have 2 shots. Thus leading to the bird to being out a ways before I fire. At times when I have made a close shot I havent had any issue making pheasant hamburger. And #2 steel works great on late season birds with some thick skin.
I am sure results may very. If your confident with what your firing thats all that matters.
12 hours ago, bobbymalone said:
Has D2E claimed the forum is rigged yet? I haven't been paying close attention.
Not publicly but he has been forging a plan to nip this club in the bud.
Just awaiting a reply.