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Gil Martin 10-30-2011 10:45 AM

Annual Pheasant Hunts
 
Last Thursday and Friday was the annual pheasant hunt for a group of fellows that meet every year to pursue the long-tailed bird. I am waiting on pictures that I will share. We have rain on Thursday afternoon and quit early to dry our after 17 birds. This is a regulated shooting ground that raises pheasants and they leave many birds in the fields all season long.

On Friday, a hunter who has not shot at pheasants for over 30 years got a double. Another fellow who just started hunting ringnecks got a triple. I go again next week with another group. All the best...
Gil

Mr. 16 gauge 11-03-2011 02:40 PM

I used to do a group hunt on a pheasant preserve 3-4 times a year and try and get a group of 4-5 guys from work to go along. While for the most part it was enjoyable, it was always a hassle to get money from some, and there was usually some dolt (usually my boss' brother-in-law) that would try and shoot every bird that was flushed, whether it was in his zone of fire or not. I've found it to be a bit more relaxing to just go by myself or with one good friend. Sadly, the local upland population (pheasant, grouse, and woodcock) is essentially nonexistant....we have seasons, but big deal....there are no birds to hunt! If one wants to experience upland hunting, one must A.) go out of state, B.) go up north to the UP, or C.) go to a pheasant preserve.
Took my pup to a preserve last Sunday for some chukars......she is still trying to get the hang of it. It was more of a "training session" than a hunt. Hopefully, she will get the idea before too much longer.

skeet 11-03-2011 11:57 PM

The season opens here on Saturday. I am going to go..even if i have to go alone. I cut a field off(Russian Olives) this year and piled up the trees. The pheasants think it is home sweet home. I saw a covey(I know it ain't covey) bust out of one of the piles the other day when i was out cutting more in the ditches. There were more than 20 birds in the flock. At least half were cock birds. Limit is 3 and I'm gonna take my ol 20 ga of one sort or another. And deer opened Tuesday..Gonna have to go to the back window and shoot one of them i guess


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