Eastern Wa pheasants

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Bob Rankin, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Yeah, in college we hunted a couple of places where we could flush 20-30 at a time. The were balled up in brushy draws in the snow. Made for pretty easy shooting. I actually walked down the draw while he sat on top and shot what popped out. Not a method I recommend, but hell, it was college.
     
  2. Bob Rankin

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

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    We'll put Jim. Walk slow stop a lot and push birds to spot we're they don't have a choice but to fly. Look for brushy draws with water and trees. Water is key. I used to fill my pockets with rocks when quail hunting, to toss in the bush's before I got a dog. I also used to send my brother and cousin through the thick stuff while I waited on the out her side. They got wise to that quick! Once you get out and start doing it you will come up with a system that works for you. It's all about getting out and doing it!
     
  3. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    There is nothing that takes hunting up to the next level like hunting behind a good, hard working dog. I imagine these are wild birds that have the savvy of hatching and growing in a dangerous world which makes them wary and difficult to pin down. High winds add to the challenge by making the birds nervous, their scent more challenging, and shooting difficult.

    Congrats and well done.
     
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  4. Bob Rankin

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

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    All wild birds! Maggie would push them 500 to 600 yards before they would hold. The day after the wind they didn't won't to fly just run! And thanks! I love a good bird dog!
     
  5. Harry Richardson

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    Thanks for the info! Hopefully will head out East and give all this a shot soon. Sorry for the late response, been traveling and fishing in BC!
     
  6. LD

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    Nice. We had a GSP and lost her a couple of years ago at 15. She was the most athletic and graceful dog I have ever been around. Terrific dogs.
     
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  7. steelydan

    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    It's been tough sledding for my dog and I. two trips, three solid days of hunting.
    3 hens and two coveys of quail.
    The dog is getting discouraged.
     
  8. Guy Gregory

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    Very poor upland year. Odd waterfowl year.
     
  9. Bob Rankin

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

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  10. Guy Gregory

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    Yeah. I've heard that "you gotta be willing to walk" nonsense before. Bull.

    It's about things we can control, and things we cannot. One we cannot: the weather. Bad breeding conditions for several years running have devastated populations of native birds and introduced birds like pheasants.

    Unfortunately there's no hope of recovering from this, because of one thing we can control:

    It is the policy of this state as regards upland birds to toss prison-raised chickens off the back of trucks to satisfy the few of us old geezers who like pheasant dinners and west siders with expensive guns and fancy upland clothes. Habitat development and managing for upland birds in a proven, successful way goes begging. And DFW has not clue.

    Go to North Dakota and see what they do. Food and cover go a long way toward increasing the opportunity for native and non-native game and non-game species to not only survive, but thrive. They provide an industry that's accessible to the average person, and a quality of life for the residents.

    Until we manage fish and wildlife for the public rather than for those who industrialize fish and wildlife, and get a whole generation to put down the xbox, get outside, and demand access and reasonable success opportunity for recreation, nothing will change. Have fun at your "pheasant preserve" or on your lease.

    I'm fortunate to have married into access. The rest of you are screwed. And you don't walk enough.

    Sorry. I've hunted a lot of public land this year. With limited possibility of success.
     
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  11. Blake Harmon

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    Only hunted public land since the opener and ive been taking limits and put my friends into many. They are out there... wild ones too. Walking a little extra never hurt.....
     
  12. Bob Rankin

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

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    So true. I love hunting North Dakota. The washington crp program is a hard one to figure out. Most land owners hand out there feel free to hunt to guys from the coast that go out once or twice. So the guys that live east and upland hunt all winter can't get access because the land owners have handed out all of there permission slips. Go figure. I will take what I can get and just keep walking.
     
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    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    Blake,
    I have been hunting my usual spots in Central Wa (Think Hwy 26, 10 miles to the north and the south).
    Now 5 days of hunting....$200 of fuel, and only shot quail, not even flushed a rooster.
    Any help appreciated.
    The dog is moping......
     
  14. Rick Todd

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    Just spent two days around Brewster chasing quail. Saw 4 coveys (3-8 birds each) and my brother got two, I had two long shots, and that was it. Back in 2001-2002 we were getting our ten bird limit regularly! Used to hunt around Othello with very good luck on pheasants in the 80s and 90s and then the pheasants disappeared around there! (too many irrigation circles!) I go to N Central Montana each year for pheasant opener and always come away with my 9 bird possession limit, although this year the hunting was much tougher due to a spring time hail storm. Keep hoping weather in the spring will cooperate a couple years and the bird populations will rebound.
     
  15. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Forest grouse seem no better. Islander and I spend the weekend walking the woods with our shotguns. Never saw a single grouse. We hunted a release site in the valley and never saw a single quail or pheasant (found lots of spent shells). My dog was dead tired after two days of looking bless her heart. The only redeeming factor was the companionship, good conversations, and laughs with the barmaids in town after hunting.
     
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