Bird hunting bucket list.

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Roper, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. NDflyfisher

    NDflyfisher Active Member

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    Might want to wait until next year. We have had snow on the ground for a few weeks now and up to a foot more coming in the next few days. Highs later this week are around -10, lows to -20. That's without wind chill.

    We have a lot of partridge, sharpies and of course pheasants. I didnt know there was such a thing as not wild bird hunting until just recently. Shooting released birds is crazy to me. Definitely not hunting. PM me if your looking for some areas to hunt in ND.

    Don't overlook a cast and blast trip. Massive pike on flies in October, big bows and browns chasing streamers on the Missouri River below the big lake. We have had a lot of water the last few years. The potholes are full and the waterfowl hunting was awesome. October is a month I shouldn't have to work.
     
  2. Bob Rankin

    Bob Rankin Chasing fur and fish every second I get :)

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    Thanks for the heads up Ndflyfisher. I'm going to pass on my North Dakota trip and chase some local birds the rest of the season. I couldn't agree more about paying to shoot birds, it's insane. Why bother.
     
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  3. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Great info guys, Thanks. The reason I consider paying to play is that I don't have a bird dog. Yeah, I have a dog that hunts with me and she will put birds up, but in no way does she point. At 13 years old it's a bit late to start...

    I'm liking the idea of a multi-bird hunt in ND. Upland and waterfowl sounds great. Catching fish always works for me...
     
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  4. Smalma

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    Great thread!

    Once knew a fellow hunter whose bucket list was take all the world's grouse species; last I heard he had all be two (requires a lot of travel).

    I'm currently working on adding several new (to me) Washington waterfowl to my list. It is fun to target new species and learning more about those species needs and habits for successful DIY hunts.

    Curt
     
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  5. martyg

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    We should talk. I spend a month out in the Dakotas every year. Didn't go this year as the bird numbers were dismal. You can hunt over my dogs and buy me dinner. We'll call it good.

    You wouldn't like HH. Too plastic.
     
  6. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Thanks Marty, I'll keep that in mind, I might even buy you a drink too...:D Have you done any waterfowl yet this year?
     
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    None. Been busy working on the new ski cabin and prepping for some ski instructor stuff - and the dogs hate me for it!

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  8. Roper

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    Casa "G"...lookin' good. The Baker property?
     
  9. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    I just checked Riverview Plantation's costs, they've gotten a bit out of hand. I'll check with a friend in Georgia who has hunted other plantations and see if we can't find a better option. The issue with these commercial quail hunting operations is the quality of the birds they plant. I've watched some quail hunting shows and the birds can hardly fly 20 yards, that isn't fun. There is very little likelihood you can hunt wild birds since all of the quail properties are privately owned and incredibly expensive to hunt truly wild birds unless you are friends with the owner. I never hunted quail down there except on the Auburn University lands when in grad school. We also hunted woodcock which you might want to add to your bucket list. I did drive one of the vehicles for the sports on a private plantation one morning, which was quite an adventure. The dog work and handling was truly magical.

    I'll get back to you if I can find a better option.

    By the way, in traditional quail hunting only sxs guns of 20 ga or smaller were allowed, and you had to have class and decorum to hunt. Before he was President, LBJ and his party actually got thrown off a plantation in Georgia because they weren't behaving well. I got that from a man who worked the plantation and was there when it happened. That tells you something about the SOB.
     
  10. Smalma

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    speaking of woodcock a local bird that can be interesting and challenging to hunt is snipe. A nice cross between waterfowl and upland hunting. Though with this cold snap they may have moved south though some birds may move back with warmer temperatures.

    curt
     
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    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    Snipe are a kick. We used to run into them while duck & goose hunting. Went 5 for 5 at one point, then it turned to junk and I went 5 for 20....
     
  12. Roper

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    There went a box of shells...:p
     
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    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    Snipe shooting is harder than doves, great sport with 20 ga. There was very good snipe hunting on the Altamaha waterfowl management area in Georgia after duck season ended. Limit was 8 and if you could get a limit on a box of shells, you were the MAN!

    Thinking about southern bird shooting, marsh hen (clapper rails) hunting was a real southern tradition, too. Hitting the birds was easy but pushing that boat across the salt marsh was a hoot.
     
  14. ImperialStoutRunsThruMe

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    I'd be up for meeting up with a few WFF folks for a ND hunting trip in 2014. Or a cast n blast.

    Maybe we can work a trade with the ND hunter. I live 200 yds from the Deschutes River. Have raft, will row.

    Roper, I have a pointing dog, a 5 yr old Llewellin setter. All I hunt him on is wild birds. I'd be glad to meet up and let you hunt over him.
     
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    ISRTM, thanks for the offer, I'm sitting down over the holiday and will be calendar and map checking. I'll post here when I get a plan drawn up.