Saturday, October 13, 2012

Minnesota Pheasant Opener 2012

Today is the pheasant opener in Minnesota, and it is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in recent history.  The mild winter certainly helped winter survival rates, as did a warm and dry spring.  Despite bird numbers taking a big hit in the previous year, a bounce back in population is expected.

Likewise, the drought has meant that harvest in Minnesota is way ahead of schedule.  A majority of the corn and beans in the central part of the state has been picked, and therefore forces the birds into hunt-able cover.  As such, this could be one of the best pheasant opening days ever.

The challenge will be on the weather.  Rain and potentially thunderstorms are being called for the area, and that will keep birds as hard to find and difficult to flush.  While the area desperately needs the moisture, it will greatly impact the hunting.

Ahead of the opener, I had the yellow dog out last weekend to get her working on the upcoming season.  Here are couple of shots of her in action:

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