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Chickens, Sharpies and Rattlesnakes

The cover of the new North American Grouse Partnership magazine as designed by Pheasants Forever's Rosalie Wolff

Pheasants Forever’s marketing department will send the North American Grouse Partnership’s first publication in three years to the printer later this week.  It’s all part of Pheasants Forever’s role as a member of the Prairie Grouse Partners.  We are providing public relations and marketing assistance to support our common conservation interest: restoring prairie habitat.  The NAGP will pay all the printing and mailing bills, while Pheasants Forever has provided the elbow grease to produce this publication.  Most of that elbow grease has come from Rosalie Wolff, Pheasants Forever’s Graphic Artist; who has designed a fantastic looking publication.

If you are interested in prairie chickens, sharp-tailed grouse, or sage grouse, there is still time for you to add your name to the North American Grouse Partnership’s roster of members to receive this new publication.  In fact, through this special link you’ll receive the special discounted price for Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever members. 

 
 
 
 
 

A Ft. Pierre National Grassland greater prairie chicken (left) and sharp-tailed grouse (right)

Bob’s Bird Hunting Report: Ft. Pierre National Grasslands, South Dakota

Last week, I enjoyed a fantastic couple of days hunting the wide open spaces of SoDak’s Fort Pierre Grasslands.  While I have had two other opportunities to bag my first prairie chicken, this was my first dedicated trip focused on the bird.  Long story short, a September trip to Fort Pierre will be an annual pilgrimage for this hunter.  In three days of hunting, I saw hundreds of chickens, sharpies and pheasants.  It was a bird hunter’s smorgasbord.  I did indeed bag my first greater prairie chicken (five of them actually) and added three sharpies as well.  One word of caution about these western grasslands: be prepared for bird dog encounters with rattlesnakes, porcupines, skunks, and coyotes.

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5 Responses to “Chickens, Sharpies and Rattlesnakes”

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  1. Rob Z says:

    Bob,

    I am 27 and will be heading out for my first hunt next weekend in the Sacred Heart/Granite Falls area. I recently bought my first shotgun and received my firearms safety certificate. It’s been a lot of fun getting ready for this trip, but having the opportunity to read your blog in the startrib and listening to you on KFAN has me really reved up.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Rob

  2. Rob Z,
    Thanks for the kind words. You’ve made my day!
    Bob

  3. B'Haven says:

    Glad to hear you had a great hunt Bob. After the winter we had this past year it is great to see the bird numbers where they are in the Grasslands. Grassland hunting is as true native bird hunting as it comes. Thankfully a good hatch and grasshoppers has led to another succesful year.

  4. B’Haven,
    Holy GRASSHOPPERS batman! Lots of food out there for the young ones.
    The prairie chickens crops were filled with grasshoppers. The sharpies had a mix of berries and buds.
    Bob

  5. B'Haven says:

    Bob,
    The grasshoppers have destroyed a lot of things but this was the first succesful thing I can say they have done to western SD and the Grasslands. Native birds know how to turn lemons into lemonade.

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