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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2018, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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I'm glad I got the Pheasant stamp

Been having a pretty good year on pheasants not using a dog. Actually looking forward to going out after Christmas.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-26-2018, 05:07 AM
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Unfortunately, i only seen four birds during this portion. That includes the one bird I saw on opener. Like you, I did not have a dog- makes it a bit tougher but I enjoy it. The scenery is worth the hike.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2018, 01:36 PM
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Opted to just take the dogs for a run this morning instead of deer hunting. Altogether they found 7 pheasants, at least 5 of them were roosters. All in large field of mixed switchgrass on state gameland.

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I flushed a flock while deer hunting on gamelands this morning too
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Me too, Love pheasant hunting and we have been doubling out everytime out this season, without a dog!
Been a GREAT season. Even with the bad weather a few times out it has been fun.

Just got a new pup that just might be ready for next season for some birds, we shall see . Very glad they enacted the stamp and hope it helps the program flourish.
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This has been a hard year for me. I've been out to the fields eight or nine times and only seen three birds. And I do walk them pretty hard, no dogs or flushing buddies..just me stomping the fields. I'll be out again tomorrow..
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This has been a hard year for me. I've been out to the fields eight or nine times and only seen three birds. And I do walk them pretty hard, no dogs or flushing buddies..just me stomping the fields. I'll be out again tomorrow..
Personally, when I hunted pheasants dog less and solo I found I was more successful employing more of a stalking technique rather than just stomping up and down a field.

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I've been hunting them just about every day, with the exception of January 1st, in some of the best pheasant hunting and most heavily stocked areas of the state. There are still some pheasants out there but boy are they getting hard to get close to. The ones that are still left out there have figured out how to avoid hunters.

In three and half hours yesterday I only had one bird up and it didn't go into the air until it was out of range. We chased another one around in a warm season grass field for a about a half hour, with a dozen different good solid points, but each time it ran off instead of flushing until it had finally outsmarted the dog and I. We simply couldn't find it after half hour a several hundred yards of running around in circles through the field.

In three and half hours today we had two in the air but both were out of range. One ran for hundreds of yards through a slashing until it was a hundred yards away then flushed. The other ran for hundreds of yards of circles through a switch grass field then flushed fifty yards away and headed into the slashings. We ran a third one for hundreds of yards but never got to see it. I don't know if it flushed out of sight and hearing or if it just finally out maneuvered the dog and he couldn't figure out where it went.

The ones that are left in hunting areas at this late stage of the season have figured out how to avoid getting shot. There are still a lot of them down in the valley along the road and around the backyard bird feeders. I am sure I could find some of them in places legal to hunt on the game lands if I were willing to risk running my dog that close to the road. But, my dog has no road experience and no road caution. He would almost certainly run right out in front of a car so those birds will remain safe from us.

I'll continue to chase the ones out there that are well away from the road for a while yet and probably even harvest a few more but it is certainly not easy anymore.


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