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  1. I should also mention that we would be willing to lease just 160 wooded acres.
  2. Well we just put the lease together and I thought I would update this thread. It will include 600 acres of total land which is 280 wooded and balance in crop land. Rate is $10/acre + insurance or you could look at it as $4.60 acre for total. Some permanent stands are on the property and the lease is private and exclusive for all hunting rights included. More info here in the classified ad on HSO http://hsolist.com/search.php?action=ads...d&B1=Search
  3. I believe it is leased for 2010 but the guys in there are not paying her Dad enough to make taxes and so we might take over leasing it out and would start 2011 but no I do not have anyone. If interested please PM me. Thanks for the responses guys.
  4. I was just curious if any of you would know what a deer hunting lease would go for on 160 acres of wooded land just south of Arnesons area (Rocky Point - Roosevelt)? My wife owns 160 acres there and we have no idea what a lease if worth. I'm thinking at least the taxes on it. The lease would include all hunting rights (grouse, bow, gun) Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Hans, don't you think the burn is enough to re-establish a diverse productive area? You got to have plenty of seed in the ground already and the burn should release it. Brood and survival cover are 2 animals....you need both. Determine which one is the critical one for your area and stick with that. If money is tight I would just burn and forget the interseed. I plan to do a spring burn on about 45 acres also. A seminar I went said you want to interseed after heavy disking of old CRP. That is different scenario than a burn.
  6. Surewood, funny you should ask because I was out mowing my CRP plots for maintenance purposes and I cannot ever remember seeing more doves than I have this year. I was thinking that this was a seriously huntable population. My place is in south central South Dakota and may be more conducive to doves.
  7. I saw 3 broods the 3rd week of June when out at the farm. The first brood was smaller in mumber but the chicks were about 5-6 inches long and could fly. The other 2 broods were combined with 2 hens hanging around and brood numbered 20 and they could barely get through cover. 1-2 inches long. I have never seen the cover as thick as it is this year and some are forecasting higher bird numbers than last year which was a record.
  8. Augusta, I venture that AG will contribute even more to these states as many acres of grass continue to be rolled and sprayed in pursuit of additional corn yields. Many producers are in hot pursuit of getting out of CRP early so they can realize higher return for cash rent from producers or to farm it themselves. I can't help but feel that SD and ND will follow similar paths as other AG states like IA, MN, ILL, IN, MI that used to have good bird numbers but the power of AG $$ has had a major influence on habitat acres in those states. Maybe some of that $219M will pursuade some farmers to not turn all their croppable acres to corn.
  9. Brittman, pheasant hunters generated $219 million for the state last year. Croix, the battle is on. Tax payers should fight for their right. They want cheap fuel, cheap food, clean air and clean water and don't want to die from cancer causing chemicals. The Farm Bill has to have big shoulders. Producers outweigh conservationists. This is concerning....we only have one earth.
  10. Under the House Version of 2007 farm bill, if cropping history was rolled forward (2002-2007) I would be eligible to enroll 500-600 acres of currently cropped ground in high priority continuous CRP windbreak, riparian buffers, filter strips, and wildlife buffers. With current cropping history of 2002 Farm Bill (1996-2001) I am eligible for 0 CRP acres. Under the proposed Senate Version of 2007 Farm Bill, which Bush just vetoed, I would also be eligible for 0 CRP acres. The reasoning to leave cropping history the same as 2002 Farm Bill was to not incent landowners to break ground just to get land in CRP. That all sounds good and is a trade-off for not having a sod buster provision in the Bill but in reality I think the people that would actually do this as a primary strategy are very few. I believe this limit may overly restrict the few conservationists that are ready and willing to implement High priority/High quality new CRP. Here is link to the farm bill. Farm Bill And here is specific information about the proposed CRP programs. CRP Components of Farm Bill
  11. Originally Posted By: huntnfishsdHey guys, I was headin back to Aberdeen the other night and saw literally hundreds of pheasants (mostly hens) in a 50 mile stretch. It was great to see, but is there any explanation for the abundance at this time?? I am not up to speed on this point and just wondering what the deal was? HuntFish, one word for you on that question.....Carryover. Harvest needed to be a lot higher to get carryover numbers down. + Mild winter = a lot of hens too.
  12. Originally Posted By: BLACKJACKSo whats the difference between this program and the regular, continuous signup CRP??? I actually clipped this article out of the local paper and planned on calling the local SCS but maybe one of you can enlighten me. I do a lot of Continuous CRP on my ground in South Dakota. Where this difference from other Continuous programs is that the limit of acres is pretty low overall so will fill up fast. Aslo the flexibility of size and location is not offered with other continuous programs. Meaning: I could put SAFE acres in places where no other Continuous practice would be eligible.
  13. Great article on critical SD habitat. I've heard that in SD it is Woody Cover, in other states it will vary. Made me think of the one blizzard I experienced and filmed. Took place in March 2007 over 3 days. Around building I was in were these types of cover: Slough, milo food plots, shelterbelt, picked corn. The corn is on most exposed NW side of all other cover but pheasants would travel to it in weather they could tolerate and then retreat to survival cover during storm. The video also shows me driving my tractor in the food plots adjacent to slough during storm and many phesants busting out of snow during storm. Then is shows some of post storm bird haunts and effects of drifting. SD Blizzard Video from March 2007 - South Central SD
  14. Just pulled in to pheasant camp last night in Charles Mix SD. Woke up to 6" of new snow and roosters fighting outside. Late this evening I saw a couple 25 bird flushes as they lifted out of milo food plots into roosting cover. Temporary inconvience for these birds. Mating is on the mind and the roosters are getting stupid. The roosters looked a little thinner than usual and I am wondering if that is effect of winter or just younger birds.
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