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One group of hunters who recently visited South Dakota for a five day hunting trip discussed their experiences. As they found out, it’s not just the number of birds that is important, but also the location. Here is a summary of their five day trip.

On the first day of the five day hunting trip, it took the group four hours to harvest their daily limit of three birds. This wasn’t because there weren’t the birds in the fields. On the contrary, there were numerous birds that were flushing. However, these birds were flushing at the extreme range, if not out of range of their guns. This gave little chance to hit anything.

Any flushing would also start a rolling flush, where birds in other areas would realise the hunters were around and flee to new areas.

The hunter in question stated that this was typical for a late season. After eight weeks of being hunted, many have acquired a sense of when hunters are in the fields and so are quicker to react. Therefore, hunters have to wait until there is a rooster who is still willing to wait until the last moment to escape.

Yet, the experiences of hunters can change from day to day. On the next day of the five day hunting trip, the group were able to achieve their bag limit within an hour and a half. The group returned to the same area two days later and achieved similar quick results.

When the group finished early, they would drive around the countryside looking for evidence of sharp-tailed grouse. While some of these birds were around, they were proving tough to hunt and so the group didn’t achieve much.

On the fifth day it took them all day, but there was little success. They caught a total of five birds throughout the day and went home not achieving their bag limit.

What were your experiences of hunting? Are there particular habitats where it is easier to hunt?

Let us know in the comments.


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