Well, Finally made it. Drove from Columbus, GA to Iowa City, IA (15 Hours) for a chukar hunt yesterday morning then drove all night to Mott, ND for a pheasant hunt (13 hours) and got limit today after 6 hours of hunting. The pics are from after the chukar hunt and will be hunting pheasant for the next 7 days.
Day 4, Got limit by Noon. Most of the 15 people got limits today with 3 Sharptail grouse also taken Despite 28 degree weather with sustained winds of 20 miles per hour. Definitely harder hunting conditions today.
Man, there is nothing sweeter than the area around Mott for wild pheasants. That's some gorgeous country.
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The dogs have a hard time with shivering until they start running. I felt my dog's ears every couple hours and they are always warm. Because they are always running they do fine. I have insulated cover for my dog kennel.
Had to use duct tape for my dog's left rear foot. He has been running on sore pads and a scuff on his pad for several days with a heavy limp until he gets warmed up. Has lost probably 4 lbs despite heavy calorie ladden food. He will need a couple of weeks to recover. One more day of hunting.
Friday was a perfect morning, steady breeze, 38 degrees. There was only 4 people left. We all had dogs and one guy had 2. All dogs ran. We worked a quarter of CRP. The first bird I shot was a wild flush and got him about 45 yards away with #5 shot. The second rooster was scared up by my dog as he casted in from of me, did a good retrieve. While working the CRP along the road, my dog was crossing and came to a dead stop pointing downwind into a thick grass patch. It was a picturesque situation. I rounded my dog, a large mature rooster flushed and he also succumbed to a #5 lead. Buster did a great retrieve. It was a perfect end to a great week. 8 days of hunting with the last day done by 9 am. Went back to lodge, showered, loaded truck and headed home, me and my sore footed dog. I arrived home last night at about 12 am. I will load the pictures of the final day when I get them.
Don't need to but likely yes. For those who couldn't do the walking they were blockers. For the most part walkers always got more productive shooting. Hard to hit a bird flying 50 miles per hour straight at you vs 50 mph away from you. The trespass fees were per person.
I was going through some of my pics and found these photos taken of me while hunting in ND during Nov 2011. We have already started planning for next year and I have a countdown app on my phone...193 days as of today.
I figure since I can only do obedience training now til more birds to train with are found, will just go through old photos, look at guns and training stuff online.
Since I got a GoPro camera, will be posting hunting videos this upcoming season.