It was a long tree grove full of evergreens surrounded by a cut corn field. Just what the doctor ordered. My friend Matt and I drove to the other end with the trucks and posted while Stephen and Brandon made the push with their two labs. It didn’t take long until there were roosters flushing out the sides. I heard Matt banging away on the far side as that’s the direction most of the birds busted out. It was a nice quick hunt and we got the job done.
The next spot had even more birds then the last. It was a long slough with cut corn on either side. We had Matt post about a ½ mile up, while the three of us pushed the slough to him with the dogs. This hunt turned out to be the best one of the trip. We had roosters popping up about every 50 or 60 yards throughout the entire hunt. The dogs were going crazy. What a blast!!!
With only a couple birds left to get to limit out, Stephen took us to one last spot. It was an old gravel pit. I have to say I wasn’t super excited about it initially, but Stephen told us to trust him. We parked about a ¼ mile away and walked in. Stephen had the three of us walk around the perimeter and spread out up top, while he took his trusty lab down into the middle. It didn’t take long until there were roosters flushing everywhere. We all had excellent shots and were all successful!!! It was the perfect end to the perfect day.
This was definitely a hunt to remember. I told Stephen, I never would have imagined that there were that many pheasants in Minnesota, ANYWHERE! It truly was a South Dakota caliber wild pheasant hunt right here in the great state of Minnesota!