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Unread 11-03-2022, 10:45 AM   #1
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Here are some pictures of a hunt just completed. I live in the state of SD, but I am still amazed at what I see on these adventures. Hunt was for pheasant, sharptails, and prairie chickens.









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Great pics! That is some big country you have out there! Thanks for posting.
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Absolutely stunning!
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I was there opening week Dean a little West of Winner. Phez numbers were down a bit which combined with the drought conditions and some very windy weather for a couple of days made for some challenging hunts. In the end we did quite well, just had to work extra hard. We encountered way less Sharpies than previous years but the Chicken count was up, way up. I did note that we killed mostly mature birds, I never counted but I would think at least 2/3 or maybe even more were mature. I would assume that is a direct reflection of the hatch. I love the prairie and look forward to this trip every year, beautiful country. We both probably enjoyed this same sunset.
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Prairie chicken is on my bucket list!! I'd love to have one mounted for our lodge.
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Three bird hunts I want to do:

Sharptails
Grouse
Mearns Quail

. . . Just one of these days
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mills you me sure have the same thoughts on those birds....great open spaces and beautiful sunsets it don't get any better....charlie
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Dean,
Thanks for posting these great pictures, please tell us about that Grade 4? Underlifter your using, Parker Laminate barrels, Wow!
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I was there opening week Dean a little West of Winner. Phez numbers were down a bit which combined with the drought conditions and some very windy weather for a couple of days made for some challenging hunts. In the end we did quite well, just had to work extra hard. We encountered way less Sharpies than previous years but the Chicken count was up, way up. I did note that we killed mostly mature birds, I never counted but I would think at least 2/3 or maybe even more were mature. I would assume that is a direct reflection of the hatch. I love the prairie and look forward to this trip every year, beautiful country. We both probably enjoyed this same sunset.
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My assessment is birds were better West of the Missouri than last year. Hard to tell on chickens since their numbers are not great overall. Pheasants were all day long but sharps and chickens were where you found them. Of course, Labs and pheasant cover is not necessarily the best combo for grassland birds. May be very different around Winner.
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Prairie chicken is on my bucket list!! I'd love to have one mounted for our lodge.
Get on your horse and come out with a setter and we will get you one!
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