Going west roll call

Well less than 2 weeks from heading to SD. Found a friend that wants to go and is going to drive out and is going to take my dog (thanks for the suggestions guys!), picked up the last of the gear for my son yesterday. Can’t wait to get out there and hunt with my dad my son good friends and last but not least my dog! Will definitely post some pics up when we get out there.
 

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Since I live near Denver, what you guys call West, I call going East! 🤣. This will be the first year I’ve been able to hunt opening weekend with my retired trial dog, and so can’t wait. I’m planning on cutting my elk trip 3 days early so i can hit the pheasant opener in NE. Once CO and KS open, I’ll probably target Western KS since it seems their birds numbers look good again. Rumor is that CO quail will be way down, and pheasants might be down slightly. Since I can hunt CO, NE, and KS all within three hours of my house, the world is my oyster!
 
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Since I live near Denver, what you guys call West, I call going East! 🤣. This will be the first year I’ve been able to hunt opening weekend with my retired trial dog, and so can’t wait. I’m planning on cutting my elk trip 3 days early so i can hit the pheasant opener in NE. Once CO and KS open, I’ll probably target Western KS since it seems their birds numbers look good again. Rumor is that CO quail will be way down, and pheasants might be down slightly. Since I can hunt CO, NE, and KS all within three hours of my house, the world is my oyster!
well ain't that just a geographical oddity...

You picked the right region to settle down it seems.
 
well ain't that just a geographical oddity...

You picked the right region to settle down it seems.
When I grew up in WA, all anyone had was bird dogs. When I moved to GA I started to hear people talk about wild bird dogs vs pen raised birds dogs. To me, it was a strange theory since bird dogs were bird dogs. But I did learn that there were some bird dogs who had seen a lot of birds, but none of them were wild. Being back out West has been a wonderful refresher in the fact that bird dogs are bird dogs again. We dont have wild bird dogs or pen raised bird dogs. All we have is bird dogs. Why? Because we have lots of land with lots of wild birds to hunt, and very very few released bird preserves. I do LOVE being out West again, where the toughest decision is what kind of birds to hunt and where to hunt them. Btw. My buddies said the sharp tail and hun hunting was tough in MT this year, but my trainer said SD pheasant numbers were looking up. A couple thunderstorms may have made upland hunting certain parts of CO rough this year.
 
MT was fine this year but yeah, some guys had trouble. Just like fishing where 90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the fishermen, 90% of the birds are killed by 10% of the hunters. I had plenty of birds every day for 10 straight days and never hunted the same place twice. Just have to figure things out is all.
 
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