South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

      Happy New Year to all our hunters,friends and family. It is one pretty day… sunshine, snow on the ground and no wind. The temperature is rising, no heat wave, but nice. Morning chores are done. Maybe pick a project  to finish today. Hope 2013 is everything you want it to be. Later… Randy

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

It was a cold day for a pheasant hunt. That little East breeze was biting and the pheasants were wild today! They seemed to know where we were at all times. The corn and milo fields or any place with deep cover is where we found them.  The bus started fine this morning,  but by the time we got to the river the heater had quit working. But we hunted. Cold!!! The left outside rear tire decided it was to cold and went flat. But we hunted on. Then the right outside  tire was  flat. We continued to hunt.  The incentive to get all of our birds and quit was when we came back and the left hand inside  rear tire was flat. Do you know you can drive on 3 good tires and 3 flat tires if they are in the right place? It was a great day. Later …. Randy

Friday, December 21st, 2012

   Rhonda and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It is the shortest day of the year and it did not take long for the sun to drop behind the Haystack Buttes. This is the time of year we try to have some night time projects. Rhonda is busy baking, crafts and I am going to do some repair work on bridles and such or maybe some blacksmithing.  Busy with hunts and livestock over the holiday.  Happy holidays!! Later…. Randy

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

      If you have’nt ever hunted pheasants in the snow, you need to ! Always a good time. The birds do not run quite as much and seem to hold better in the heavy cover. The gun dogs love it. On our last hunt, Molly was on fire! She was trailing well, made some nice points and some great retrieves. The scenting conditions were the best. More Later….. Randy

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The calves sold in Philip ,SD yesterday. We felt they did well. We finished our pipeline project on the Smith & Burke Bottom. We sent the cows north into the corn fields for the rest of the winter. Had another beautiful day in western South Dakota . Hunted pheasants, dry scenting conditions,but that sounds like it might change. Colder weather and alittle snow may bunch the birds some.   We will chase them around again tomorrow. Later…. Randy


Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The month of November,just flew by. We have been busy with hunts and installation of an irrigation pipeline. Cattle are enjoying a very mild fall. All the cows will be in the Burke bottom as soon as we finish the pipeline. Steer calves are going to the sale in Philip on Dec.4th.  The weather is predicted to be nice for alittle while longer. The days are beautiful for chasing pheasants, easy on the dogs and hunters. Later….. Randy

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

It was a beautiful Nov. day. The geese were flying around all day. Some snow geese in the bunches, I think blown off course over the weekend,as we usually do not see them. Deer camp was cold, but successful as almost everyone filled their tags.   We are changing gears and will be chasing pheasants again. The gun dogs needed a rest, they will be ready to hunt. More later…… Randy

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

     Finished combining corn a couple days ago. We did “OK” for a dry year. Cows will be coming from the South Pastures soon.  Fixing fence and hauling some gravel.

Stayed busy with pheasant hunts through October.   Our deer hunters will be here next weekend.  It will be nice to see everyone. There was a loss of some deer on the ranch,but there still seems to be a great plenty. More later…. Randy

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We are recieving some much needed moisture. Snow and rain mix. It will be cold tonight. Combined some corn….. getting ready to bring cows from summer pasture.  They will be happy cows.

The hunts are going well. Pheasants, Fall and hunting dogs, such a South Dakota tradition. Later…. Randy

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

We have been busy following the dogs and flushing pheasants. Hunting some small parties in our north bottom. First time in a couple of years, that we have gotten to use this ground. The hunters seemed to enjoy the new area. Fall irrigation is putting some water into our sand pit. Good for the wildlife and the cows.  Sandhill Cranes are migrating, big flocks, way high and “on the kite.” Later….. Randy