South Dakota Upland feather procurement

Sam asked me to post this up so I figured it would be a nice change of pace given the forthcoming waterfowl season etc.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to head up to South Dakota for some early season wing shooting……………South Dakota ain’t all that close to the home front and I had never been so I welcomed the opportunity with open arms. It was arranged primarily to entertain clients and other business partners so I was hesitant on the likelihood of a hardcore hunt. Naturally I was wrong…………..we hunted our arses off and had the joy of hunting with many who never even shot a gun before which was actually quite fun as no one was shot or maimed.

I found that wild pheasants are a interesting quarry for a newcomer and even for many seasoned vet’s. Something about watching the dogs work a field is simply mesmerizing. It was quite a common occurrence to find yourself in a trance watching rows of corn slide by with a distant yelp of a dog to suddenly having a startling rooster flush at your feet. I assure you this is enough to make ANYONE a lifetime pheasant fanatic. First time this happened I damn near shat my pants and shot a hole in the empty sky.

Pheasants, well they are pretty easy to shoot compared to ducks but there is something about the startling rush of a cackling rooster busting out of the corn…………………..if haven’t tried it, do it.

We hunted out of Wild Wings Lodge http://www.dakotawildwings.com/. It is owned and operated by one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. It is not five star but neither is the price…………….however the food was great, all the adult beverages you could handle, 5,000 private acres dedicated to just the birds……….top notch stuff.

sure are sum pretty specimens……..

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lead nap……………..

the meat cannon…..

even got a albiner………….to bad the damn puppy chewed him all up

a man and his quarry……………


running the gauntlet…..FAIL

hopefully many fish get to taste these feathers……………..

It was an amazing time and I can’t wait to get back………………………..took a notch off the bucket list for sure with this trip

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