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Powerstroke

First rooster!!

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Powerstroke

I finally got on the board today. Me and my pup Riley finally got our first flush and first bird of the year. I found a great little WPA that I hadn't been to before. A small section of it isn't on the map, but it was posted legal so we hopped out and hunted it. On the way back into the wind along the field edge we flushed a rooster about 10yds in front. I say we cause I don't quite remember where the dog was, but I let that bird climb a little and hammered him with some #4's out of my O/U 20ga.

The bird dropped behind a berm so I started walking over to see if I could help my rookie dog. No help was needed. He was already walking back very calmly with a rooster in his mouth. I've never seen my springer so calm. I couldn't have been happier. I spent the next 5 minutes looking at that bird and praising my dog.

We hunted 2 chunks of public land. We saw NOTHIng on the first one, except for two other vehicles of hunters who swung by and drove off. No wonder we couldn't find anything. Second place was good, but I think it gets just as much pressure.

The lesson here for me was that I brought along some steel shot. I didn't know where I would hunt, but if I hadn't brought any steel I wouldn't have been able to hunt on that WPA.

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Chisox

Nice report. If you can find those little out of the way places they pay dividends. I have an 8yr old lab with the same name--Riley

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    • Wanderer
      That’s pretty awesome! I’ve been keeping an eye out around the house but haven’t seen enough activity to coax me out in the temps we’ve been having.  We mainly have fox around the house, and only one good yote.  We had a young wolf do a lap around the house in the spring but haven’t seen him around since.  I know I couldn’t shoot him but I’d sit out just to see him if he started showing up again. Mainly turkey tracks as of late.  
    • Wanderer
      Probably two of the safest bets in the area. I haven’t fished Crooked off Bunker for several years but it always seemed to have plenty of fish. Have you ever been on the Moore lakes near 65 and 694?  Sometimes they get a lot of attention, and I’d have to think for good reason.   Twin Lakes in Robbinsdale used to be a favorite stop for us when we were young.  Did good on pannies and surprisingly well on pike. If you don’t mind traveling further west, Medicine is a pretty good lake.  Lots of memories fishing the crappie hole in front of the beach on the southwest side.
    • PRO-V
      Gulp spray seems to help also.
    • Wanderer
      I prefer ciscoes too.  I just don’t always have access to them.  They leave a better scent trail.  That’s part of the reason for a little kick of salt on the frozen suckers.  Anise could help too.
    • Hawg
      Not that I know of. First time I used one and constantly had to clear the shavings and drill kept cutting out. Drill is a 1200# fuel. 
    • PRO-V
      I always did best with frozen Cisco's suspended on a quick strike rig.
    • PRO-V
      I tried a few times during that 30 below weather. Saw nothing but thousands of wolf tracks. That night while we sat on the hunting shack deck having a cigar a pack of coyotes we're yipping out by our trucks 400 yds away. They were probably tipped off by our generator though and couldn't get them to come in. I did see 2 moose 30yds in front of me going into one calling spot. That was cool.
    • going4it
      Coon lake up 65 and off 22. Also Lake George. Both pretty good panfish populations to keep busy. 
    • Brandon Klatt
      Thanks for the replies guys. Usually target panfish and eyes so actually going for pike is kinda a whole new world to me. lol
    • mrpike1973
      Lots of little sunnies there is a spring in there in the deepest spot be care full. There are better lakes in my opinion.
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