Pheasant season 2018

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Pheasant season 2018

   How was pheasant hunting success this weekend??  ND Game and Fish reported that the population was down over 60%.  Just curious how everyone did??

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We worked over quite a few PLOTS and other publics right around hwy 46 on Saturday and I got no shots, my buddy got two shots at sharpies. This morning we worked a different public with better cover that had not been hayed. Kicked up quite afew pheasants, downed 2. We saw many young deer and many coyotes (5 mid day). A combination of those heavy snow storms/drought/high predator population/everything hayed has the numbers way down. Maybe go waterfowl or coyote hunting instead this year... 

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Numbers are down a solid 95% in the area I hunt and most all reports from other groups were pretty abysmal.

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I didn't hear much for good reports either, didn't even really see many hunters out this weekend. The best reports I heard came from south, near the SD border.

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Pheasants really down this year!  Hear nothing but poor success.   I hunted only a couple hours Sat before my old back gave up and though the dog must have run at least 10 miles for my half mile, she only put up two birds, both nice 20 yard flushes.  

 

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Just curious if anyone hunted inthe Mott-Regent  area this Fall, and what the pheasant population looks like down there??

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Haven't been in the Mott Regent area but tagged along with son and grandson hunting antelope near Bison/Lemmon area.  Where my son said they normally would see hundreds of sharpies I saw none, my grandson saw ONE!  We saw one pheasant on the road, none flushed stalking antelope or exercising the dog. 

All the locals said upland hunting was terrible this year. The few they were getting were all old birds, few young birds of the year.  Even antelope numbers seemed down.

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I've driven the bus route SE of Parshall all fall and haven't seen many birds compared to years past. All the sloughs are either tilled up or hayed. This is the most number of non-local hunters I've ever seen around here, what little cover there is around Parshall/Plaza I've seen being walked by large groups of hunters with multiply dogs. The hunters I have stopped and visited with said they were getting very few. I hope this winter is mild, or next years bird crop will be nothing. Sharpies and huns seem to be way down around here too.

Good luck to those hiking hard for birds. They will be well earned.

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This got me thinking. How about a Fishing Buddy Coyote kill contest? Run it through spring or something. Lets encourage predator hunting. My daytime coyote sightings collaborate with most locals reports of high coyote numbers. I have also seen quite a few Fox in the last 2-3 years. I saw coyotes stalked in within 70 yards of bedded young deer. 

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NorseDakota wrote:

This got me thinking. How about a Fishing Buddy Coyote kill contest? Run it through spring or something. Lets encourage predator hunting. My daytime coyote sightings collaborate with most locals reports of high coyote numbers. I have also seen quite a few Fox in the last 2-3 years. I saw coyotes stalked in within 70 yards of bedded young deer. 

I like this idea.  Before I initiate something like that I'd like to know about how many would be interested.

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I have already pretty much gave up on hunting pheasants this year, it's just not right in my mind to shoot something with numbers so far down.  I went out opening Saturday morning south of Linton and saw 4 birds, three on the drive and one that got up way out in front of us.  Between farmers haying everything in sight, the winter last year and the dry spring summer, it's just not worth it to me if I want to see strong numbers for my son to hunt in a few years..

I am in for the coyote hunt, already been knocking down numbers this fall so might as well add some more fun to it. I have to say this has to be some of the highest numbers of predators for game birds I have ever seen, I don't recall ever seeing so many raptors, and with very few natural predators around here it's a pretty top heavy eco system right now.

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Nice gesture and good intentions as well. However, unless you are shooting hens I wouldnt hesitate to shoot a few roosters if given the opportunity. Lower rooster numbers will not affect future populations at all. Raptors and Coyotes killing everything they can may be more of a concern as food sources are low for them as well. As for habitat not related to drought, good luck with that ever improving!  

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down hard where I hunt, sucks as I have new pup this year

 

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Coyote hunt would be fun, but I'd pass because while you guys are freezing calling Yotes ill be basking in the sun catching fish and chasing bobcats and javenila in Az,

Though coyotes do take some pheasants, the worst predators on pheasants (and ducks) are raccoons and skunks.  Foxes too, though haven't seen hardly any for several years.   It' would be impossible to organize a fun skunk hunt, or a coon hunt, though the few guys with dogs sure seem o have a lot of fun.  Followed one a bit the other nite, but  must have been laughable having an old fart trying to keep with a young guy, young hound and a running raccoon all in the dark.

The only way to effectively reduce skunks and coons is to intensively trap them, a sometimes messy, stinky job.  I used to do this a lot, and was always amazed the numbers of skunks and coons even in a small area.   

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Wish we could control the weather and CRP acres......

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Here is an idea of  how bad it is ,  I hunted a  cornfield that was unharvested last fall ,  it was not replanted this spring .  There are literally hundreds of cobs of corn that were covered by the blizzards in Nov-Jan . When the snow melted this spring they became exposed and are laying on the ground . They have not been touched by pheasants, Grouse or Partridge .

Last fall I took numerous limits off this same land , right up until the Monday after Thanksgiving when the first blizzard hit

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Went took a trip to SD mid Sept. went south on hiway 6 to Mclaughlin over to Lemmon to Belle Fuch never seen a pheasant.  Came Home on Hiway 85 to 94 never seen any birds.  A co-worker hunts Hettinger every opener for the last 20 years with a group of 6-12 this is the first year they didn't limit out each day.  He said the numbers are way down they got 24 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.

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Went took a trip to SD mid Sept. went south on hiway 6 to Mclaughlin over to Lemmon to Belle Fuch never seen a pheasant.  Came Home on Hiway 85 to 94 never seen any birds.  A co-worker hunts Hettinger every opener for the last 20 years with a group of 6-12 this is the first year they didn't limit out each day.  He said the numbers are way down they got 24 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.

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I havnt hunted yet in 2018

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If you think the pheasants are bad wait until after deer season ... there are about 1/2 as many deer in our are and 1/2 as much cover compared to even last year. It’s going to be ugly as the Deer even with a mild winter don’t have the habitat to bounce back.

Maybe instead of giving away preference points for free if you aren’t drawn you could choose to be paid half your cost back and get a preference point. If you don’t want a preference point you get it all back. Then the G and F couldn’t blame sales as a reason to not manage the herd properly.

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Have gone out a few times now and have to admit it looks bleak, have self imposed a one bird limit for me.

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Hunted in SD, did great.  Have not seen any birds in ND.

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Reel-Deal wrote:

Nice gesture and good intentions as well. However, unless you are shooting hens I wouldnt hesitate to shoot a few roosters if given the opportunity. Lower rooster numbers will not affect future populations at all. Raptors and Coyotes killing everything they can may be more of a concern as food sources are low for them as well. As for habitat not related to drought, good luck with that ever improving!  

Actually lower rooster numbers can have a positive effect on overall pheasant numbers since they tend to push the hens out of the better winter habitat. Like you were saying overall holding a season has no real impact on hen numbers so not hunting them really only hurts the hunter and does nothing to improve the population. 

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Pheasant54 wrote:

Here is an idea of  how bad it is ,  I hunted a  cornfield that was unharvested last fall ,  it was not replanted this spring .  There are literally hundreds of cobs of corn that were covered by the blizzards in Nov-Jan . When the snow melted this spring they became exposed and are laying on the ground . They have not been touched by pheasants, Grouse or Partridge .

Last fall I took numerous limits off this same land , right up until the Monday after Thanksgiving when the first blizzard hit

 

That didn't happen to be a plots field did it?

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Finally finding some! Cornfields are coming off, and the ones  I’ve found have been in edge cover areas.  The best news is that I hadn’t seen a single hen all fall, but on Saturday must have seen 40-50.  We were all especially careful telling roosters from hens this year, and passed on a number of roosters that we weren’t 100% sure of till they were too far out!  Great fun watching the dog work! 

Wish we still had some CRP!  Less each year.........

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MyBoatYourGas wrote:

I havnt hunted yet in 2018

No one has

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