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Sean Pheasants 2016 Nov 10
Nov 10, 2016

I got out earlier this month for a pheasant hunt. I started first thing in the morning and the top d ...more

og always gets to go first so Josie and I rolled in the CRP hoping to find a few birds. After 40 minutes, we hadn’t seen a bird so I was getting pretty discouraged until we hit the top of the hill and worked toward the edge of a wheat field. Josie got birdy and then hit the brakes. I moved in and a rooster flushed and I dropped him, then another rooster flushed and offered a different angle but he died on the shot and incredibly another rooster flushed and somehow I kept my composure and ended his flight for safety as well. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to do that on roosters and was pretty pleased with the results. Normally, I would have missed at least one of them, lol. The only downer was a covey of huns flushed wild at about 80 yards when I shot the 3rd rooster. It sure would have been nice to run into them right after a morning triple.

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Sean Turkey 2016 Apr 17
Apr 17, 2016

Day #2 started off well. Cody and I had to go in real early to walk past the tom in the tree and to ...more

get the blind set up before the gobbler became too aware of his surroundings. We pulled it off and had a group of hens with a jake come to our decoy setup early on but the tom flew down and stayed back in the road behind us. The group of hens and jake ended up going to the tom in the road but they pulled him to us when they came back to our setup and Cody hammered the old, mature tom with a shot that dropped him in his tracks. I’m quite certain this was a Rio variety or at least a Rio-Merriam’s hybrid. He was a smart dude but luck was on our side that morning.
...In the meantime, Darin and Kyle had stayed with the same setup from opening day but the mature gobblers steered clear of their area that morning. It got quiet in our area so I decided to take Cody over to the farm where we had hunted the last few years. We hit a hot bird immediately after walking a few hundred yards from the truck but he didn’t buy our 1st setup. We got around in front and above him as he continued to gobble going away from us. I set Cody up in a tree about 30 yards ahead of me and called the tom up the hill to us but Cody missed him at 25 yards. Oh well, it was fun to work him in.
...We headed over to check on Darin and Kyle and things were slow for them. I had them move the blind and setup near the staging area for the roost. Kyle picked the exact location for the blind to sit and they ended up having 4 toms come in together. Darin let Kyle pick out the biggest tom and they tried to pull off a simultaneous shot on separate toms per the plan for the situation but Kyle forgot to take his safety off. Darin dropped his tom and Kyle tried to recover and knocked his bird down but it got back up and ran off, unfortunately. So Darin was done and Kyle was pretty devastated but I think he’ll remember the safety next time, lol.
...Cody and I tried to work some birds that afternoon but didn’t get any takers. We roosted a bunch of toms and hens and had Darin and Kyle bring their blind to the north farm. We set up both blinds in the dark that evening and hoped for the best the final morning of our weekend hunt. The next morning was exciting to say the least as all the birds worked their way off the roost to us but stayed out just far enough to prevent a good shot opportunity. We had a tom strut to 45 yards but Kyle wasn’t comfortable with the shot. I videoed all the action and expected to get a good kill shot but no dice. I kept hearing drumming behind us but Kyle said he didn’t hear it so I thought my old ears were deceiving me. The next thing I hear it again, only really close and I tell Kyle there has to be a tom close by and sure enough, one appears to our right as it is strutting towards the decoys at 15 yards. Kyle had to really spin hard to his right but he made the shot count as the turkey figured out something was wrong and was boogieing out.
...Cody and Darin got to watch all the action from their blind about 150 yards away. At one point, Cody thought the same tom was going to come to him. As we were taking pictures of Kyle and his 2nd tom, the gobblers that were in the field near us earlier started firing up in the woods above us. I said let’s go get your last bird, Cody and he said no, “I’m good Dad”. “Watching that bird come into you guys and seeing Kyle put it down was a great finish to the trip”, he added. I still question if he got any of my intensity genetics and I hated like hell to go home without all 8 tags filled but after little sleep over the 3 days, it was nice to get back and get unpacked to get to bed early that evening. I’ll take 7 toms down in 2 days and a morning of hunting anytime!

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Sean Turkey 2016 Apr 15
Apr 15, 2016

I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get this report out! Only 2 months later but here goes:
...Thi ...more

s spring season was short and sweet. I got access to a new farm up north thanks to a friend and got in a quick day of scouting the weekend before the opener. Cody, Kyle, Darin and I were all able to go for the opener on the 15th. For opening morning, I had Darin and Kyle set up in the blind on the south farm and Cody and I hunted the north farm. I decided to run and gun on my own while Cody set up in the blind on a field where I had seen turkeys every time I scouted it. I put a tom down with the first shot of the morning but after it laid there for a few minutes, it got up and ran off! Then I called in another one and missed it at 10 yards! I was shooting my new gun that I bought after hunting season and obviously had some issues adjusting. I hung in there and called in another tom and this time, I was able to finally put one down for good. It was a big tom with nice hooks but had beard rot. I considered letting it go but after 2 blown chances, I felt like I had to capitalize on the opportunity. If you look closely at the upper right hand corner of my picture with Tom #1, you will see Cody’s blind setup in the field he was hunting.
...I got word later on that Kyle shot a tom from the blind that came into their setup and then Darin got another one 20 minutes later so we were off to a good start. Darin actually took a picture of Kyle and his gobbler but it had laid around for a while so it wasn’t in the best shape for picture taking. Just the fact that Darin actually took a picture was an amazing feat in itself, lol. He didn’t take a picture of his opening morning tom for some reason, though.
...Cody had 2 tom’s on the roost above his setup but they never showed up in the field he was hunting and he only saw a few hens that morning. He decided to stick it out and I headed back out in the afternoon and set up near the roost. At fly up time, I had a nice tom show up with a couple of hens and put him down with one clean shot that I didn’t take for granted this time to end my season on the 1st day. He was a beautiful Merriam’s with a really thick white band but by the time I got back to the truck from the mile and a half walk, it was too dark to take pictures and we still had a 30 minute drive to the hotel. On the walk back to the truck, I had to sneak by a tom in the tree that was gobbling heartily and vowed to get Cody on him the next morning since he was the only one in our group to get shut out on opening day.


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Sean Ducks 2016 Jan 04
Jan 4, 2016

Just now got to my pictures from the last month or so of hunting and am not going to send out all my ...more

hunt reports but wanted to pass along this unusual picture of a duck I shot that literally had no butt. I didn’t notice it in the field but did when I went to clean it. Very weird – have shot a lot of ducks in my day and none of them ever looked like this one….at least in the butt, lol.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Dec 2
Dec 2, 2015

We finally got our first measurable snow of the season overnight on Tuesday and we set up for an aft ...more

ernoon duck hunt in a corn field on Wednesday. Darin and Joel were in on the hunt with me and it wasn’t as fast and furious as Tuesday’s hunt but it was a good one, nonetheless. Joel got a banded first year mallard drake that was banded in Basin City, WA in September of this year. We added 2 geese to our 21 ducks for a nice bonus to the hunt. We hope to keep the good hunts rolling with the weather but a warm up is on the way so we’ll probably be headed back to water very soon.


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Sean Ducks 2015 Dec 01
Dec 1, 2015

Terrific Tuesay! Hunted a private corn field with Joel & Darin in the morning. There were over a tho ...more

usand ducks on a nearby pond. The first group of ducks that lifted off the pond came into us & it was non-stop action after that. We shot a group and then another would come almost immediately until we were done in 45 minutes with 15 mallard drakes & 6 pintail drakes. We have been pretty skinny on pintails lately so to get 5 bull sprigs on the first 2 go’s was way cool. It was the best and quickest field hunt in a long time!

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Sean Thanksgiving Hunts 2015 Nov 26
Nov 26, 2015

Shot some pheasants, ducks and finally some geese over the holidays. I didn’t capture all of the hun ...more

ts on camera but have attached pictures of the ones that I did. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

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Sean Mallards 2015 Nov 24
Nov 24, 2015

We’ve had quite the change in weather here and got our first skiff of snow. We hunted a pond again t ...more

oday and hammered out a 4 man limit. It’s supposed to get even colder so time to transition to the fields.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Nov 21
Nov 21, 2015

I hunted a private pond w/ Joel & Tony on Saturday and we shot 20 greenheads & 1 Pintail drake by 8: ...more

25. Cody & Darin hunted another pond on the same property & shot 13 greenheads & 1 widgeon by 9:15. Cody took a serious ribbing for shooting the widgeon. There are a lot of new mallards in the area who haven’t figured out the program, yet but it will change soon. Enjoying it while it lasts.

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Sean Upland 2015 Nov 20
Nov 20, 2015

Had an outstanding upland hunt last Friday in Garfield Co. We started off with Josie on a piece of p ...more

roperty that was loaded with pheasants last time I hunted it. I wanted to see how she would do all on her own and she exceeded my expectations by pointing my first 2 roosters of the morning and working the scent of 2 others that flushed close for Darin to shoot. She also pointed a single quail in the CRP that I was able to knock down. She retrieved all of them to hand so I was beaming over her work that morning.
...After running her for close to 2 hours, we hit another spot and I put down Jock and Rocky. Jock pointed a rooster for me in about 5 minutes and I had my 3 pheasant limit. Darin had a little trouble with a rooster that Jock pointed & then blew another that Rocky actually let us know was there but didn’t actually nail down. Then we got into a covey of quail and shot a few when a rooster exploded in front of Darin and he put him down to wrap up our pheasant limits. We had 6 quail as well to go with them and were headed home early to get some work done & scout waterfowl when we saw a huge covey of quail frolicking around a fallen down barn in a pasture.
...Darin said they looked like young quail at recess from school the way they were chasing each other around and hopping up and down on the barn. I’m guessing he was trying to deter me but we got my 2 best dogs (J & J) out and I vowed to blow the playground up. There had to be over 40 birds in the covey and presented a great opportunity for Josie to gain a lot of experience in a hurry. The covey had ran off and flown to a weedy ditch next to a CRP field. That was a bad move for them as Josie nailed the closest hiders and I doubled on the 2 birds that flushed. The rest of the covey exploded on the hillside above us while Josie retrieved my first victims. We didn’t know for sure where they flew but about a hundred yards up the hill in the CRP, Jock and Josie both went on point and the massacre started. I lost count of how many points and how many shots were fired but when it was all over, we came out of the field with 13 more quail and finished one quail short of a double limit for 2 guys.
...Not only was this a great day of bird encounters but the dog work was fantastic and that makes a day like this even sweeter. The colder weather is making for much better scenting conditions and the dogs don’t get wore down nearly as quickly.
...Pictures attached. I have a new strap vest that I wear this year and pockets are limited to shells and transmitter for dog collars so I haven’t been able to take action shots of the dogs pointing and retrieving. I have tons of the older dogs but I will try to get some of Josie in action on upcoming hunts since she is solid on her points now.

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Sean Mallards 2015 Nov 18
Nov 18, 2015

The evolution to mallards was full throttle this morning and we took it one step further with an all ...more

drake take. We had breezy, sunny conditions which is my favorite for a mallard shoot. It wasn’t as cold as I would have liked but definitely the coolest temperature duck hunt of the year. Nothing like watching greenheads cup up and drop in with the sun beaming off them to magnify their vibrant colors. No problem identifying greenheads today and we took advantage of the conditions.
...We finally pulled in some decent flocks but the majority of singles and doubles that came in were hens so the hunt went a little longer since we passed on those and were patient to shoot drakes only.
...Spencer brought along his 7 month old BLM, Tank, to do his first duck retrieves on a pond rather than the wide open river. It was a challenge he handled well and looks like he has a great future ahead of him as a retriever. Good times!

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Sean Ducks 2015 Nov 16
Nov 16, 2015

Had a couple good duck hunts recently. The mallards are showing up in force finally and we’re taking advantage of it.

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Sean Pheasants 2015 Nov 12
Nov 12, 2015

I’ve had to work some overtime in the last week so I had some hours to cash in and got an opportunit ...more

y to do a morning pheasant hunt today. The weather was ideal with temp’s right at freezing and a 5 – 10 mph breeze. I had to be back to work by 11:30 so I was hopeful we could get a quick 3. I put out Josie and Jock and they put on a clinic this morning especially Josie. I’m ecstatic to see her progress so quickly on pheasants. She pointed two of the three roosters I was able to shoot along with several hens. Jock was solid today and seemed to have his heart into hunting. The two made a good pair and on the 2nd rooster, Josie was working a bird that was running on her and Jock ended up cutting it off and it finally sat for his point. I had 3 hours to get the hunt done and we did it in an hour and a half. I’ll take that kind of hunt and that kind of dog work any day of the week! The only downer was Rocky never got to hunt but I didn’t have to refill the water jug for tomorrow, either. J He’ll get his turn tomorrow.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Nov 11
Nov 11, 2015

Kyle had a #3 pick at a local National Wildlife Refuge and we both had the day off from school/work. ...more

We invited Chris & Alan Redell so it was a father/son combo hunt. The mallards have still not show up in force so we were hunting mostly local birds and predominantly widgeon that have been around for a while and know the gig. We managed to have a solid hunt by knocking down 20 ducks. We were hoping for better with the favorable windy conditions but the birds were spooky and the blind was ugly. When I say ugly, I mean like stick out like a sore thumb kind of ugly. We were concerned about it when we selected the blind but hoped it wouldn’t be an issue - lesson learned. Chris’s BLF, Abby, made some nice retrieves on the day and worked hard to get our ducks back to us. I was fortunate to be on the right side of the blind when a group of Canvasbacks came dropping in like a flock of mallards and was able to knock a nice bull out of it.
...It was a great group of guys to hunt with and Kyle is actually getting more patient when the shooting is slow. I never got one request to go from him. This place will get better as the season progresses and we’ll be back when it does.


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Sean Pleasants 2015 Nov 06
Nov 6, 2015

PERSERVERANCE was the theme on this solo pheasant hunt last Friday. I took the dogs to a “local” spo ...more

t that I hadn’t hit, yet this year so I didn’t know what to expect. Started the hunt at 6:30 a.m. and the first place was a bust as they had burned the CRP and of course, it was a hike to get to it before I discovered it had been burned – great start…..not. Next run was with Jock and he pointed a rooster that I shot just before it cleared the top of a hill and went out of sight. I didn’t like the way it went down (no head snap = running bird). Sure enough, as Jock and I got to the spot, no bird, just feathers. I had Jock cover all the close options for him to have gone but had a suspicion that the bird had run down the hill and across the road into the wheat stubble. As soon as we got to the stubble on the other side of the road, Jock got birdy but no bird. So which direction did he go? I looked for tracks in the soft mud and bingo, fresh rooster tracks going to the left. Jock worked the stubble that direction and then got birdy again after about 80 yards. I saw a weedy ditch ahead and hoped the bird had stopped running once it hit that. Jock slammed on point and I wasn’t about to go in that mess so I told Jock “dead bird”, “fetch it up” and he did so we got lucky and recovered that rooster at 9:00.
...The next run was supposed to be a stroll through some nice CRP that I can normally drive right up to but as I had encountered on my first run, tumbleweeds had blown into every low lying section in the area and the start of the road had them piled about 6’ in the air. Having spent 15 minutes earlier pulling tumbleweeds out of all sorts of hidden places on my truck, I wasn’t going to do it, again. So I had a mile+ walk, uphill (of course) to get to the spot I wanted to hunt and not much to hunt on the way to it. Rocky did point a rooster on the way in a weedy fence line next to the wheat stubble and my shot was true for rooster #2 at 11:00.
...I left that area and headed back towards home and stopped off at another property. I put out Jock and Josie and five minutes into the hike, Josie’s beeper went off and I found her on point in the CRP with Jock backing. I walked in and kicked up a rooster and the hunt was finally through at 2:00. It sure seemed like a long time between bird contacts this day but fortunately the birds that held well for the dogs all had color! Well, except for the invasive gray bird that flew by when I was bored with walking for hours and no shooting.

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Sean Ducks 2015 Nov 01
Nov 1, 2015

Sunday found us in the exact same spot as the day before with not as high of expectations but still ...more

hopeful for a solid hunt. Wind was predicted once again but we didn’t get it for several hours. It was just Cody and me and we started off with decent action but hit a major lull after we had taken about 8 ducks between us. I used the slow period to finish brushing up the blind and we picked up a duck here and there. Then the wind finally hit and the hunt picked up speed with it. We finished out with our ducks as Darin was on his way to join us from another spot. He showed up with 2 ducks and proceeded to close the door on the hunt in about 10 minutes with a 5 for 5 finish that was pretty impressive. We had a couple dumplestilskin’s that were a sight to behold at the end. Watching mallard drakes just cup up and drop straight down from several hundred yards with the sun shining on them just does it for me even if I’m not the one shooting.
...I just picked up a couple of the Jet sleds shown in the pictures and they are awesome for packing in the decoys on the pond and for setting them out with. The walk in to the blind would be brutal if we didn’t have these.

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Sean Ducks 2016 Nov 20
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