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Just headed for the unemployment office with my dogs there going to miss rooster season
Last day is always a bummer. Did get 1 to close the season.
Depressions sets in.
Found more pheasants than predicted. And some monsters. Numerous 2 years old birds.
Hopefully the fact that everything has been hayed won't coincide with a tough winter. That'd be trouble.
I noticed that, too tinlaw. Birds scarce early on but seemed to get better the further the season progressed, with plenty of long tailed/long spurred ones.
I noticed as corn came off birds started showing in edge cover
Basically no hatch so pretty much everything was holdover birds
That's what I was told to expect, but rarely do predictions about bird hunting pan out. They definitely were bigger and older on average.
Many pieces south and west of Bismarck (Flasher area for example) that generally produced in the past, even in the tough years, were wiped out this fall. Hopefully they will get a break in 2018.
Grouse were by my counts way down in the central areas of ND too. More so even than the pheasant.
did see some grouse twards the end hope they come back this year as they were down 40-45% both 2016 and 2015
Not over yet, there is “always” something to hunt!