Bobbyparks wrote:I've hunted Merriams for a while but not SD
Sounds like much has been covered...and you should be hunting some good white tipped birds for sure
This might cover some of the generalities as well
http://www.grandslamnetwork.com/hunting ... obby-parks
Bobbyparks wrote:Thanks Twofer1
Would never want to change anyones style thats not open to it but hunting some parts of the west is different........places like NM woods are dense enough and have enough birds that you just walk and cover ground...you'll walk alot but its doable
Places like open prairie in MT where the lands open you can walk if you want but you've got to cover sometimes literally miles and thousands of acres to strike a bird...In fact we had 55,000 acres to hunt which sounds great but who knows what the bird per 1000 acres is?...Birds in this part of MT I hunt...birds are sparse.....And just because it looks good on the map doesn't mean birds are there..I understand further south and east of me bird populations are better. ...you might do well to stay on foot there
First two years we walked our butts off but realized...( and we were told as much) we could not cover enough ground with the stretches between timber to find birds..day after day all day that gets tough...for anyone..... it takes toll
And most of the time when you hear a bird...you do exactly the same thing you'd do if you struck him walking down a logging road...you get after him and try to move on him and set up...we"re not talking about doing drive by shootings out of a pick up truck.
Sometimes they'll be close..but sometimes you can barely hear and see them thru binoculars...many chases have been long and brutal
research helps and you do learn that certain places do hold birds...in which case we would hit those at daylight and try and get after whatever gobbled...the traditional way.....same thing in the evening...but once they're down they can move miles
So mornings are about going after birds you know of...but from that point on trolling takes on a different meaning....what would be great is to have a golf cart set up.
River hunting where birds are denser...all on foot...open prairie....walk for miles and miles each day and realize you still not covering enough ground and then you start to look at things differently...or maybe not?
So I thought just Iike you did at first...I don't hunt that way........but I was used to hunting the east and it want take you long on the type of terrain I hunt out there to realize you can't cover enough ground on the prairie on foot to get the job done
Bottom line it's is a mix...walking and working pockets in the mornings and evenings that you mostly find by driving and trolling......and driving and trolling looking for lone birds and new pockets.....in terms of being effective....and if you want to find turkeys for everyone on the hunting group.....after 10 years of doing it..I can tell you it works.
Not all western areas would require this...the place I hunt in MT does....You could walk and walk and enjoy the ground if that's what you want to for sure...but most that go out there will soon realize that if they want to get on birds and want to last for the duration of the hunt...they'll understand what I'm talking about...some may not
In fact right now with the die off that apparently started 3 ears ago...if you want to walk you better enjoy seeing the country...because that's likely all you're going to see :D
And I don't believe I ever used the word " Native"...I believe I used the term "occupy"
I only meant to provide a list of states that you can hunt them in...I have no clue where birds were transplanted....even my Georgia Easterns were originally part of a transplant / restoration program
Im posting one shot that if you look in background you get an idea of the land expanse...will look for others later
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