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    2018 Pheasant Reports

    Site link: https://gfp.sd.gov/shooting-preserves/ Scroll down and you can see the number of birds reported to be released on preserves. This number would not include any birds released on non-preserve areas designated as wild bird only hunts (some are, some not so much).
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    2018 Pheasant Reports

    Juneau4: If it is a SD game farm with a Sept - March season, the game farm MUST release birds. From the SD G&F site:
  3. State of Louisiana is advising hunters stop using deer urine lures because of possible ties to chronic wasting disease. State of Michigan has just banned the use of all natural deer urine lures because of ties to chronic wasting disease. Baiting (which is very prevalent in Michigan) is now banned in the counties where CWD has been found.
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    2018 grouse survey

    I would be careful calling last year a peak quite yet. Ms. Roy should be careful predicting the future. That would be the first peak ever in a year ending in "7". Peaks occurred in '52, '58, '72, , '78 & '80 (dip in '79), '89, '98, and 2009. Some cycles have very distinct peaks will others are broader in nature. "Shoulders and pulses in the curves occur with some frequency. On top of the lower drum count ... this spring has been "not good" for upland birds ... fall count may be lower than one would hope for. Both pheasants and grouse may depend more on second (late) hatch. One never really knows until you get out there. Looking back 2004 and 2006 were two of my best seasons in birds taken. Last year the fall population was much lower than anticipated across most of the MN grouse range with little explanation. Both DNR and RGS biologists ate lots of crow for their predictions. RGS national hunt out of GR had one of the poorest ruffed grouse harvests ever recorded. I see that the DNR is asking for voluntary participation in a West Nile study on ruffed grouse (see the DNR HSOforum). West Nile must be one of the suspects ...
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    Last Season

    I would be out a morning or two if I still had the tag. Afternoons must be a sauna in a blind. We hunted in shorts and t-shirts in early May and were still hot when afternoon temps reached around 82 - 85 degrees.
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    Assume you were in a blind since you are bow hunting. That is a long time ... active bird or no bird. Very Nice.
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    Season e

    Bird by work living big in a non hunting zone.
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    Season e

    Started Season E up where I have hunted in the past. Wanted to hit the old and maybe some new woods where I have killed grouse, woodcock and several turkeys. Up before 3 and on the road. By 4:15 I am parked and working a little on my laptop. Chatting / skyping Europe. Shut that down around 4:30 get out and put on my tick sprayed camo. I am parked by the big woods with a good half mile walk in before turkey territory is found. Well I am either getting older, lazier, or smarter ... but there is not enough gobbling to pull me down that trail road. Quickly drive to another spot about 3 miles away. Stop, listen ... nothing. Another 2 miles and I am parked again at a spot where I have set up in the evening with my son ... Public land or well at least unposted trust type land that has been partially logged. Get out and I here gobbles to the N, NE and S. Head about 150 yards from the truck. Just me, my gun and my favorite call. It is around 5:15AM and birds are on the ground. Gobbler to the NE must only be about 100 - 150 yards away ... I cannot see him though. I am out in a mostly open "field" ... find a small pine tree and sit down in the swale / depression in front of the tree. Call and he answers hard. At times it seems like he is closing the gap and then not. I figure he is on a strutting ground ... he is moving back and forth and when he is close and facing me ... load ... further away and turned away ... softer. There is a willow thicket between us, but a trail road that could bring him to me. Anyways he seems hung up. Hen behind me starts long cadence yelping and I decide to copy her. She is far enough behind me that it will take her time to walk towards me. As I hit those long cadence yelps the gobbler to the north starts gobbling ... wait there is two and they are getting closer. Lot's of taller grass patches in this over grown "field" ... around 5:40 or so two Toms pop out of the grass at around 45 yards. They quietly move towards me looking for that hen. Lead bird goes into full display for about 5 - 10 seconds. When he comes out of fanning I drop him. Walked off exactly 30 paces. Saw three separate groups of birds on the drive home and these were in areas where turkeys should be seen, but usually you don't. Lot's of birds around this area this year.
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    Season e

    Season E ... Early morning for me. Up before 3 ... bird down by 5:45AM. May did not disappoint this year. Will share later. Birds gobbling pretty heavily this morning. This was a public land bird. Come to the conclusion that the hatch two years ago was really good. Lot's of 2 year old Toms around.
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    Anyone else getting whooped?

    They are out and about again today. Most (well the ones I can see) seem to be using fields, but with some type of hill or tree line to break the easterly wind. All toms spotted this morning were with hens at 7:30 - 8:30 this morning. No single Toms, groups of 2 - 4 ...
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    Anyone else getting whooped?

    Kids need days off. I sometimes spend that time scouting and if the area you hunt allows you to watch over it (especially if it is an ag/woods mixed area) ... find a spot, park and see how the birds are moving. Go listen to them gobble on the roost and fly down one morning ... not from the blind, but from an area where you can maybe figure out their pattern.
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    Anyone else getting whooped?

    Dragging kids out pre-dawn is OK if you have a roosted gobbler, but often they fly down another direction and are then held in place until around 8:30. That is a lot of quiet time. I have found my kids have a much better time when we head out at 8AM or 3PM. I try limit pre-dawn hunts (with kids) to one per week. I am seeing quite a few gobblers and much tom movement around right now ... going to work, driving around Washington county (always scouting a little bit), and just running errands ... They are strutting in new and more open places, crossing fields mid-day, they are looking for that lonely hen. All this late season activity is why I have never bothered applying for early seasons. May is my fun time. I have a lot at work right now, so I am planning on pulling my tag for Season E starting next Wednesday. Looking back, I have never shot a MN bird in the month of April.
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    Woodstock nests

    Great photo !!!!!!!
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    Anyone else getting whooped?

    So yesterday was the first day in about 6 days of hunting that we had birds in range. Today it stepped up another notch. Picked up my son and decided to go turkey hunting and he could make up trap league later this week. We drove to our spot and the neighbors property had six Toms in the pasture next to our pasture with our blind. Five gobblers were together rather close to a swamp edge and another off by himself. Pretty much what we saw in the bean field on Saturday, but now closer. Absolutely no way to get to the blind even with just a thin single row of trees between the two fields. We parked at the approach and they were gobbling up a storm. We walked through the woods from the truck to the field edge, set two decoys (jake and breeding hen) and and then back up down the trail road a bit. I called and the gobblers responded heavily. We could barely see them through the woods and across the little swamp ... birds fanned out and strutting. I called (and probably over called a bit) and they were comfortable answering, but hanging tight in their field. All of a sudden a live hen started yelping and yelping aggressively across our field - fortunately on the other side of the field. If she came across the field and hooked up with the mob of gobblers we would be done. I sat there and dueled it out with her matching yelp cadence with yelp cadence. The gobblers were going nuts and totally lit up. She finally stopped calling and I could see (at least for now) that she was not coming across the field to toll them away. So I stopped calling. Man is it tough for me to go silent. About 10 minutes later, the five Toms strolled out from the single tree belt and "remobbed" up. The five Toms came straight at us and then stopped 30 yards out. One Tom really stretch out his neck to lock over the situation. Fearing they would bolt, I said take one now. Boom and the tom was down. Two other gobblers stood over the fallen bird, but did not attack him. We got up and moved quickly to the bird - just in case it did get up. It never moved or flopped at all, the head completely crushed by the shot ... We actually had to chase off the other four Toms who were in no real hurry to leave, until it clicked in their head and they ran as fast as a turkey can to the far woods... It was nice to see my son have a little redemption and make a clean kill, and if he would not have missed yesterday - this show would have been missed. Why five mature, 2 year old Toms were still running together at this time in May is beyond me ...
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    Woodstock nests

    Years ago now I walked up on a woodcock nest with freshly hatched chicks. Of course it was a rare time that I did not have my camera along and for those too young to remember, my cell phone did not yet have a camera They were maybe the size of my thumb. Momma was nearby doing the broken wing thing and flutter up in the air - so I did not stay over the nest for very long.