South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

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Sunday, June 5th, 2011

We have been busy trying to finish farming. It rained  7 1/2 inches +/-  since our last post. The river has flooded the bottom lands. And we have been clearing the trash off , as the fields dry. The bulls have gone to pasture and we are AIing  cows tomorrow a.m.  There was a lighting strike in the south pasture,  it killed 5 cows.  Plums and chokecherrys in bloom. Upland habitat is rapidly growing. Hoping to see pheasant hatches soon.We are still booking hunts for this fall and winter. Later from western South Dakota….. Randy

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Very nice day today. We did brand calves on last weekend. We got them under our shed and let them dry out before we started. We moved pairs to the South Pasture Yesterday.We split our heifers into 2 groups and added the Bulls. We worked another bunch of cows and sent them to the ridge Pasture. We will AI them on June,6th. The Belle River flooded… big time, fences gone, fields under water, Duck and Geese are loving it!!! Later Randy

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The rain hit last night. We had been busy planting corn. Looks like everything will be to wet for a few days. Change gears, we will brand calves and work cows get them ready for summer pasture.  Later….. Randy

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Rhonda and Hattie

Hattie,… we have had her for a while, just geting this photo thing figured out. Just one more thing for Rhonda to check off her bucket list!! She found a nice red heeler female.  “Hattie” is going to be a nice addition to the Ranch. I might even get her to Hunt! Later … Randy

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

We are hosting a South Dakota Hunt Safe class Thursday night and all day this Saturday. We will teach proper gun handling, wildlife ID, survival, shot placement, hunter ethics and much more. Raining tonight. hopefully by Sat. it will be nice so we can do a lot of the class work outside. …Later… Randy

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Planning our habitat for next fall. We have done some controlled burns, planted our spring wheat, and planted more trees today.  We saw another hatch of goslings today! … later Randy

Friday, May 6th, 2011

I saw our first hatch of geese today!! Five little yellow “peeps” We had been watching her and knew it was getting close to the ” Hatch”. She had been rock solid on the nest for a long time.  It has been a busy and cool spring,  but we are busy trying to farm. We planted 150 trees last week and about 100 this week. Still have some more to get in. One cow left to calve. We will brand in a couple of weeks.  Hope to be planting corn and milo between now and then. We will see…. Later Randy

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Well, as of March 31 we have finished hosting our 24th upland bird  hunting season. We want to thank all of our hunters,friends and family for supporting our operation over the years.

We are already planning for our 25th season. As in all the years past we will be planting trees and  habitat this spring.  And watching our crops and cover grow. The geese are already pairing up. And the pheasant roosters are starting to crow and gather hens. Spring is almost here. Later, Randy

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Cold outside tonight, We have been busy calving heifers and cows, since the 8th. It has been going well. Checking heifers every 3-4 hrs. Just have a few left.  Weather is to be moderating this week.  Good news.

We are winding down our hunts for the spring, just a few days left of our season. We are booking hunts for our Fall and Winter 2011 season, now.

Rhonda’s father , Dale Richards passed away. I was very fortunate to have had him as a father in-law. A good story teller, old time cowboy, mentor, father and friend. I do and will miss him.  Later, Randy

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Well ,Baby it’s cold outside! East wind. That is our coldest wind. We are busy with the livestock as we are just starting to calve. It sounds like the weather may moderate later this week. The livestock and wildlife are hunkered down.  They are not moving unless they have to.

 We are getting ready for our local “Sport Show”. It starts this Friday afternoon thru Sunday. Hope to see you there. Later,Randy