My Hunting Year in Review

I may have spent more days hunting in 2010 than any other year. From a spring bear hunt in Montana through waterfowl and pheasant season to a elk hunt in the hills it has been a great, and successful hunting year for me. 

Bear Hunting

My 2010 hunting season really started in May when I traveled with my dad outside Thompson Falls Montana to take in a spring bear hunting. This wasn’t your sit above bait bear hunt.  Hiking over 10 miles a day along logging trails, drainage ditches and hillsides this was hard work but in the end it was worth it.  The second to last day I took this mature brown phase black bear and I couldn’t be happier.  One side note.  Bear ham is delicious. 

Montana, as I said in my last post with the Black Hills, should be on every hunters bucket list.  Whether you are hunting, elk, bear, deer or fly fishing along one of it’s blue ribbon rivers it’s a wild place that anyone who loves the outdoors would enjoy. 

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Goose Hunting

When SD GFP upped the early goose hunting limit to 8 this year I knew there was possibility for some great hunts and that is exactly what we had.  Whether it was with Luke, My dad and brother, or Father in law and brother in law we never got skunked when we went out this year.  My most successful day was hunting over a small dugout the geese were using to rest after feeding.

 

 

Duck Hunting

Luke and I spent a lot of days this year duck hunting and we had some great times. I estimate I bagged around 80 ducks this year by myself and I know Luke exceeded that number. Whether flooded corn, sloughs, picked corn or big water if Luke and I had a day off together during the season we were probably out in the field trying to shoot ducks.

Deer Hunting

I didn’t get to deer hunt as much as I would have liked but it was no ones fault other than my own.  I have yet to fill my archery tag and I have doubt that I will.  After passing on some small bucks on my days spent on the stand rifle season was here before I knew it.  I took a respectable buck on the opening weekend. He tastes delicious. 

 

Pheasant Hunting

Pheasant hunting since I can remember has been good.  We took large numbers of birds throughout the season, but perhaps more important than shooting birds is the time I get to spend with my family, great memories are made stomping through the fields every year.

I can only hope my 2011 season is as successful both in game taken and memories made as this year was.

Time to hunt our state bird.

Man I love South Dakota.  This weekend thousands of hunters will take to the fields to shoot and then later eat our state bird, the ring-necked pheasant.  Unless you count ruffed grouse in Pennsylvania..(and I don’t mostly because ruffed grouse are so dumb you can kill them with a rock) we are the only state to hunt our state bird.  We also hunt our state animal but i will save that for another post.

The largest hunting season in terms of state revenue officially began this last weekend with the resident hunt on public hunting grounds but the regular season will open at noon on Saturday.  

Some things to remember about the season.

  • Residents need a small game or combination license to hunt.  Non residents  need a non resident small game license that allows them to use it for two 5 day periods.
  • OCT 16-22 shooting time is from noon to sunset; after that it moves to 10 am to sunset for the rest of the season
  • Daily Limit is 3 roosters, with the possession limit being 15 roosters.
  • Wear Blaze orange
  • When hunting on or adjacent to public land you must use non toxic shot.
  • When transporting pheasants leave attached a fully feathered head , a fully feathered wing, or a leg
  • Make you are 660 feet away from schools, churches, occupied dwellings and livestock when hunting.
  • Also familiarize yourself with the hunting handbook before you head out to have a legal and safe hunt.

have fun and be safe.

If you went out in the field let us know how you did either comment on the story or send your pictures to chuber@mitchellrepublic.com