Eastern Wa pheasants

#32
Maybe it's where I'm hunting, but I haven't noticed a strong decline in birds. Slightly worse than 2012, maybe, but the birds are there. I hunt mainly public land and written-permission-only CRP land. The last 2-3 years have been pretty consistent in terms of numbers. Poor, but manageable with dogs. I hunt with very pheasant wise old dog (12th season) and a brand new pup (1st season.) The combo seems to be a good one so far. I hunt them separately to keep them as fresh as possible usually, but it's pretty fun to have them work together. Two dogs can cover a lot of earth!

Here's my fav pic of the season so far. My (then) 11 month old making a great retrieve. I'll probably never be that quick with a camera again!

 
#37
Still waiting for that first snow in my spots. It will indeed make for some very tight holding birds! I would def love to get out for some hunting with you gents on the board! Lemme know if you guys wanna figure something out!
 

Bob Rankin

Chasing fur and fish every second I get :)
#38
Still waiting for that first snow in my spots. It will indeed make for some very tight holding birds! I would def love to get out for some hunting with you gents on the board! Lemme know if you guys wanna figure something out!
Blake im going to try and head your way before the end of december. If I do we should hook up. I went out yesterday with my dog and walked one field , hit one bird but saw lots. They were all bunched up in groups! Im going tuesday and wednessday Hopefully the girls and i will have Pheasant dinner on friday:)
 
#39
Keep me posted and we will line something up! Ive wanted for a long time now to buy a .243 so I can put it in a harness on my back and whoop on a few of the many coyotes that rumble in my bird land! And also for my wife to put an extra whitetail in the freezer :)
 

Bob Rankin

Chasing fur and fish every second I get :)
#40
Keep me posted and we will line something up! Ive wanted for a long time now to buy a .243 so I can put it in a harness on my back and whoop on a few of the many coyotes that rumble in my bird land! And also for my wife to put an extra whitetail in the freezer :)
You bet! A 243 is an awesome rifle. I got one from a member on the forum and love love love it!
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#42
Blake, I would love to hunt with you next fall! Roper, Scott Salzer Andrew and I will be in the Okanogan in January chasing ducks and small upland birds. Hoping for some snow! Here is Montana this October.
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That was such a memorable day. Some hunters on the adjacent land were on the other side of a big ditch and my setter Jetta had 3 points in a row in the bottom of the ditch on roosters. Those guys wanted all the info on where to get a dog like her! (she retrieved all but one that one of the labs beat her to!) Rick
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#44
It was my best hunt this year. After I got my limit, Jetta put up two for my friend, and 2 for the guys across the ditch. So fun to watch her hunt standing at the top of a 20 ft deep ditch! Kaari-tell Whitey hi from Rick and Merry Christmas to you two! Rick
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#45
Great photos, All! I'm retiring next week . . . have hunted 1 TIME (in the early "old guy season") . . . 60-70-hour weeks have stymied my hunting, so . . . I said ENOUGH!

I'm open to hunt & fish anytime, now Bob . . . let me know . . . we're overdue.