08-23-2005, 07:33 AM
How does the hatch look in your area? Here in the west metro Mn, it looks good. I've been working the dogs the last few weeks, kicking up LOTS of first hatch birds and a few second hatch. The young roosters are just starting to color around the eye. I figured with the cold, wet weather we had this spring that the numbers would be down, but it looks promising.:7 Only a couple months and they're fair game, can't wait!! :cheers:
We're seeing lots of young birds around Worthington. Should be a great year.
08-24-2005, 01:37 AM
Birddog - Here in Mid-Michigan, the Pheasant is a mythical bird - rumored to have lived here at one time :) ! Luckily at my age (53) I was fortunate enough to have witnessed the Pheasant "haydays" of years past, now with farming practices/urban sprawl/way to many predetors, things are bleak. Think I heard one (1) Rooster crowing this Spring. Have many fond memoryies hunting Pheasants with My Dad. My English Setter and I pursue Grouse & Woodcock in the NE Lower. Best of luck this season ! Bob.
08-24-2005, 03:18 PM
Seeing tons here in Nebraska, should be a BANNER year.
08-24-2005, 08:27 PM
Been so dry where I hunt in SD they arent coming to the roads. So its hard to get clear picture of what the population is doing. But I have seen enough 1st and 2nd hatch birds to say it looks pretty good. Also some little tiny guys that might have been second hatch huns, dont know. One way or the other I`ll be looking for them.
08-25-2005, 06:23 AM
Sept 1 we can start running dogs on public land. Should know then for sure. Over all it looks good.
09-08-2005, 03:13 PM
You can't run your dogs on public land...except part of the year?
I hadn't heard of that before.
I can see both sides on that one.
09-15-2005, 09:19 PM
state gives the birds a chance to get big enough to escape. dogs will catch too many. You might see two sides, I cant see where dog owners, myself included, have room to argue. This is public land only, not private.
09-19-2005, 10:01 PM
Sept.1 You can Dove hunt with your dogs and while your doing that.... your dogs can point out upland birds.... also I spend many hours training my dogs ...... They POINT BIRDS not catch BIRDS....
Even my lab is not allowed to chase and catch birds. He flushes out birds and sits LIKE A BIRD DOG... Happy hunting