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  1. I went to NE Montana recently and had a great time. This was my second year visiting this area and I must say...I'll never go to South Dakota again. The amount of public land is astronomical and the bird numbers are fantastic! My dogs first bird at 8 months. Yea he's a mutt. My dog at 9 after three hard days of hunting in NE Montana. I thought he'd be slowing down by now but he hasn't! Here's some of the results from the trip. I've been to South Dakota numerous times and I hunted Iowa during the days when Iowa harvested a million birds. NE Montana is by far the best do it yourself public land pheasant hunting you can find in the country. Only if it was a little closer...
  2. You'll be fine. I duck hunt and pheasant hunt all deer season and never have a problem. I shot my limit of roosters yesterday in a spot guys just finished driving for deer. I went out today and got 1 rooster as well. In the prairie region deer hunters see a patch of woods and congregate to it like flies to... you know. Allot of great pheasant land is void of deer hunters. All I do is hunt land people aren't deer hunting. If you go to public land and there's a truck you can guarantee he's in the patch of trees on the land. Just stay away from that area. I go to my spots and if deer hunters are there I go elsewhere.
  3. The funny thing is that most of the time the "poachers" are actually locals. This rings true for hunting and fishing. The locals feel "entitled" so they trespass and take over their limit. Many times it's not the non-residents but the actual locals who rape the resource. Think about it.
  4. Everyone gave great advice except for one thing: You NEED a dog. I pheasant hunted without a dog in the BEST part of the state for 6 years. With three guys we would average 3 birds a year! Finally my uncle got a dog and our success skyrocketed. YOU NEED A DOG! I will NEVER pheasant hunt without a dog again, it's a waste of time. If you ever cripple a bird you will NEVER find it without a dog. Plus you will walk by 95 percent of the birds without a dog. The only way you can shoot birds without a dog is if you hunt small strips of cover and stop allot or if the bird numbers in the area are really high.
  5. I hunt every year on deer opener. Never had a problem myself.
  6. Hunted with a buddy Friday and Saturday. Limited out Friday and shot three bonus geese. Buffies, ringbills and redheads in that order. Saturday shot 8 ducks in the same spot. Buffies, ringbills and redheads again. Scouted a different area Saturday evening and witnessed thousands of mallards and geese feeding in corn fields. Get ready this weekend boys, the birds will be pushing your way.
  7. Got three mallards on Tuesday morning. Saw hundreds of divers milling about. Mostly ringbills and buffies. Could have limited out but my dog started breaking when the birds were coming into the decoys. He screwed me over on a pair of mallards, a pair of buffies, and a single buffie. He hasn't done that in 5 years. I'll have to break him of that real quick. New birds pushed in Monday night. Looked like mostly buffies and ringbills. The mallards I saw were still locals and were very few in numbers. More birds pushed in during the day Tuesday and Tuesday night. I didn't hunt today but driving around running errands I saw a decent amount of goldeneyes. Threw the grapevine I heard of guys limiting out on divers this morning from a few different people. The birds are moving boys! The divers are on the move, but few if any mallards have pushed into the far northern reaches of the state.
  8. Never shot it but my dad and uncle both have A5 3 inch from the 60-70's and they are awesome guns. You don't have to constantly clean them like gas auto's and they NEVER jam. I have buddies who shoot super black eagles and they are ALWAYS cleaning them because they jam. Why do you need a 3.5? The only advantage a 3.5 inch gives you is if you're pass shooting. 3 inch is PLENTY if you decoy hunt.
  9. If you hunt a roost properly it can last the whole season. The key is to pattern the birds, wait until they are gone, and shoot the stragglers coming back in. You need to leave before the mass of birds come back and you will be fine. Hunting evenings is the best for roosts, since most birds won't come back until after shooting time. I haven't hunted a roost in 4 years because I have allot of loaf spots that I prefer. It's best to leave a roost alone, but if you must hunt it, you have to do it properly or you screw everyone over in the immediate area.
  10. I hunt public land 95 percent of the time and I stopped using a spinner 5 years ago over water. Yea the spinner works great to get ducks too look at you from a long ways away, but they flare at 50 yards. It's from the spinner. If ducks aren't committing the spinner is the first thing too go. Mabr- anything pull string is ok. You're perfectly fine. If you have spots full of birds just forget about the spinner, set up where the birds want to be, and use a jerk rig.
  11. That advice is only useful if your hunting a roost. If you're hunting a feeding pond go ahead and shoot into the big flock. If you're hunting a roost and you shoot into a big flock you bust them out and they don't come back. If I'm hunting a roost I shoot the singles and small flocks then when a big flock comes in I don't shoot. I don't call and hopefully they land at the other end of the area and I can pick up and leave without spooking them. If they land in my decoys I send my dog out too flush them. I've hunted roosts 2-3 times a week for a month without burning them out with this technique. If you're hunting water you'll shoot more birds without a spinning wing decoy. I've duck hunted 30-40 days a year for the last 8 years. I started hunting with a spinner 12 years ago when they were new. They don't work very well over WATER anymore. If you disagree please keep using them. More birds for me.
  12. You should be fine with a dozen decoys. I hunt most of the time with 4 to 9 decoys. If you want to buy more decoys in the future look around for old ones. I hunt over carrylites from the 70's and I shoot more birds than allot of "prostaffers". The whole realism thing is a ploy to sell expensive decoys. If you're going to hunt water forget about the spinning wing decoy. You'll shoot more birds without it. Instead buy a jerk rig and put anywhere from 2-4 decoys on it. If you have multiple spots full of birds scout them and figure out if they are roosts. If the birds are present in the morning before shooting time it's a roost. If the birds are coming into it right at dusk it's a roost. If it's a feeding pond there will be very few if no birds on it before shooting time and they'll start bombing into it at shooting time. If it's a loaf they will start coming in around 9am. If your first option is a roost I would avoid it and hunt the second or third option. You'll still kill your limit. You can then save the roost for later in the season. To hunt it properly wait until all the birds leave then set up and wait for them too come back. Set out 7 decoys and shoot singles, doubles, and small flocks. Hopefully you can limit out and get out of there before allot of them come back. If a big flock comes in you don't shoot, pick up, and leave. Good luck!
  13. Went out yesterday with three friends and set out the migrator spread expecting some new birds to push down with the strong north winds. The local geese wanted nothing to do with the setup, like usual, but some migrators started showing up around 8:30. Decoyed a flock of 5 migrators and dumped 4 around 8:30. At 9:30 my friends had to leave so they were packing up their gear when I noticed a flock of 50-75 migrators a couple hundred yards high locked up and coming towards the spread. They jumped back into the blinds but all of their guns were cased. I had to flag and call myself and the whole flock finished right into the decoys. Because of some questionable shooting I only dumped one out of that flock. After that my friends stayed for 15 more minutes and we got a single to commit. After they left I hunted solo and decoyed a flock of 25 and another flock of 9 migrators. My gun jammed when the flock of 25 came in so I only got one but I redeemed myself with a triple on the flock of 9. We ended the day with 10 birds. It was a small migration. There were 3 pushes of birds throughout the morning for about a 5 minute window each push. I managed to decoy one flock of migrators every push. It was a good morning to be in the field.
  14. There was a small migration yesterday. This occurs every year. It's not all molt migraters either. I shoot lessers and cacklers every year early season. I even see snow geese every year during early season.
  15. I think goose calls are a little different then duck calls. You get all these guys saying a cheap call is a cheap call. When it comes to duck calls you can find good calls in the 20-30 dollar range. If you know how to call you can call. When it comes to short reed goose calls the cheap models really aren't any good. Do you know how to tune your call? Maybe your call is squeaking because it's out of tune. Whenever it gets wet and freezes I retune my call. If you don't know how look into it. It's very easy. I would recommend buying the EX3D call from Molt Gear. I got one last year and I love it. It's a middle end call that's made of delerin instead of polycarb. I like the sound of the delerin allot better then polycarb. I got the call for 50 bucks but my friends hunt with Scott so they got me a deal. I'm not sure what the market price of the call is. Honestly this call sounds just as good as the acrylic version.
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