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Jordyn Kaufer

grouse/pheasant question

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As far as grouse the closest palce will probably be up near Mille Lacs. For pheasant I would say some of the WMA's & WPA's South & West would be a good starying point. The further out you get the less likely someone else has already been there. Grouse are tough, they are woodland birds and most likely won't be found in sgnificant numbers until you get near mille lacs and should get better as you go further north. As with most gamebirds both require proper habitat. I'd give specifics but I have a few places I go to for both and prefer not to disclose them. The best thing is to just start getting out and hitting the ground and see what you get into.

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Any WPA or WMA will hold pheasants. The hunting on them will get better in the later season when the birds dont have as much cover. I hunted some random public land in that area a couple weekends ago and everyplace had pheasants. Just get out and look around. Try getting permission from some farmers also.

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If I went to go ask a farmer if I can hunt on his property l, what should I say?

And I know if the farmer let's me hunt I should give him some meat of what we get or something right?

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Just ask if you can hunt their property. If they say no, thank them for their time and wish them a good day. If they let you hunt ask them if there are any places you shouldnt be. Close all gates! They dont necessarily want a bird, but if they cant get out for some reason ask them if they would like a bird. Be well mannered and cordial and you will build a nice base for future hunts.

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You dont have to give them meat. But, especially if it was good hunting, I would offer them some cash or something. I gave a buddies dad who ownes a buch of acrege that we hunt a bottle of Bushmills Irish Whiskey this year. He seemed pretty happy about that.

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I have a spot in St. Maichael on a Zachman farm, it has been really good lately. I go out after school and I have been seeing one or two roosters a day and the corn isnt even cut yet. Usually i see a few hens or something but this year has been particularly good. Once the corn is down i will probably see twice the birds. It is pretty easy to get permission around here, i have hundreds of acres available for me to hunt and trap.

As for grouse i havent been doing so hot, i broke my leg and wasnt healed for till later in the season but i didnt see nearly as many grouse as i usually do, i am just north of mille lacs and i dont know if it is just that area or if they are low all around the state.

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