Spent the last week chasing these guys around, and all I can say is.....if I could have stayed, I would have. I'm pretty sure I could spend the next several months down there chasing these guys around and never think twice about it. Weather was pretty brutal for the first few days, with tems in the single digits and winds at 30 ish. It was pretty hard on any skin that was exposed, but you cant let that stop the hunting. After the initial days, the temps got nice, in the mid 30's to mid 40's with some wind, but not crazy amounts. It was almost perfect for running dogs. We took two dogs with us this year, including the new pup who just turned a year prior to going down. I was unsure on how she would do in terms of working (quartering) and not running birds that she could see. All the concern was for nothing. The girl did a fantastic job at finding them, rooting them out of the thick stuff, quarters like she was trained all her short life to do it (which she wasn't) and in general, gave me 100% effort all day, every day, for 8 days straight. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
We make the trip most years, and usually meet my father at SEATAC for the connection to Billings. From there we drive over to North Dakota and begin the fun. My wife has turned into the pheasant hunting nut, I dont think the annual trip is optional anymore....which is just fine with me.
Day one, limits were fast, birds held tight.
Day two was absolutely brutal, as you can see by the color of my face. We ended up shooting limits on pheasant and Huns this day.
Debbie with her pet Hun
Crazy Elli. This girl has moved to first string