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Let Me Tell You About Range.......

  All Bird Dogs Should Work At About 125 Yards. Says your old roommate from college who hunts with spaniels. He also only hunts pheasants and only in fairly thick cover. Brad, the energetic, young gentleman you met in at the bar in Pierre, South Dakota feels that if his pointers aren’t out 800-1,200 yards in front, they are wasting the opportunity.  “Once the Tek 2.0 says he done lock up, then I load the pea-shooter and head that way.  Dexter held point for over 35 minutes last fall on some sharptail.” Plow-horse vs. race horse to some extent.   The discussion on how far a bird dog should range is similar to the best elk rifle caliber or the...

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The Hatch Is Everything - Almost

So, cross your fingers that the next two months are just what the doctor ordered. All upland species need some moisture, but not too much moisture or cold weather. Warm weather is good, but hopefully it isn't too hot and dry.  Insects are important for chick development, but West Nile can be transmitted by mosquitoes. So, there is a fine line.   And remember next fall, if the bird populations are strong, make plans to hunt more than ever. For many species, Mother Nature controls populations, not hunters.

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Buzzwords in the Bird World

Buzzwords. ESPN football prognosticators use them. “Skill set” is probably their favorite right now when describing an athlete’s athleticism. CNN and Fox News seem to be in competition to use the word “narrative”.  Business types maybe the worst as they recycle words and phrases that they heard in another meeting an hour earlier.  Remember “thinking outside the box” and “paradigm shift”? Those seemed to have been replaced by “in our DNA” and “kicking the can down the road” amongst other often used phrases. Good or bad, the wingshooting realm has an assortment of commonly used words and phrases that may or may not bother you.  Regardless, they have appeared in print more often than Steve Martin on Saturday Night Live....

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Pheasants Of The Mind - Book Review

Pheasants of the Mind by Datus Proper   Maybe it was because the book was released the year I finished high-school, when I was enamored with pheasants as much as girls. Perhaps the fact that the Proper lived in Montana, gave the book added reverence. But, mostly the book remains one of the favori te collections on pheasant hunting simply because it was very well written and real.  With wit and wisdom, the late Proper gave the ringneck its due. He has saved the "How To Hunt Pheasants" regurgitation for the hook and bullet magazines.  Proper outlined the nuances of chasing pheasants that are wild and wary.  Shooting one's limit is minor; the dog work, guns and friends one shares...

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