Posts Tagged ‘October’

You Know it’s Opening Day When…

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Opening day is right over the horizon for this pair of pheasant hunters.

The moment I received my first plastic-packaged, economy-sized bundle of boxer-shorts for Christmas, I knew the days of sleepless Christmas Eves and giddy Christmas mornings were over. There seemed to be an instantaneous shift in the dates I circled on the calendar and dreamt about months in advance. Good-bye holidays, and hello opening days.

So as I was recently lying in bed, visions of roosters were flushing ahead. Minnesota’s pheasant hunting opener was almost in sight and I couldn’t wait for my pup to put some birds into flight… Okay, I’ll stop. But honestly, being awake all night in anticipation of the season we’ve all been not-so-patiently waiting for got me thinking… You know it’s opening day when:

  • While you were physically at work last week, you’ve been mentally absent the past three days
  • That quiet, little gas station in the Middle of Nowhere suddenly has more traffic than the Vegas Strip
  • You find yourself rubbing dirt on your shiny new chaps just so no one can possibly confuse you for a rookie
  • There’s so much unnecessary gear packed in the back of your truck, you had legitimate concern over suffocating the dogs
  • Various blaze orange militias have been staking out properties so early in the morning that even duck hunters would blush
  • Three generations of family members can come together at one spot and not argue
  • Your normally quiet and well-behaved bird dog sounds more like the Tasmanian Devil is waiting to be unleashed from your kennel
  • The second your boots touch grass, you get an ear-to-ear smile and instantly know you did it –  somehow managing to survive another off-season

Whether you’ve already been chasing birds, your season opens this weekend, or you have to wait until November (sorry, Kansas), how do you know it’s opening day?

The Over/Under blog is written by Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Marketing Specialist. 


Have you been searching for Pheasant Tattoos with Tiffany Lakosky during October 2011?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Believe it or not, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the most commonly searched breed of bird dog at

I was doing some research this afternoon about our blog’s traffic.  Of particular interest to me were the terms folks used in search engines before landing at or at  It may sound like a dry topic, but I’ve found the results both fascinating and hilarious . . . of course I’ve been called odd before.

Here’s the list of key words that intrigued me:

  • October 2011: I’ve gotta believe folks are in a perpetual search to find open days to hunt roosters this autumn because “October 2011″ is running away from the field as the most searched term.


  • Pheasant Tattoos: Nothing says commitment like body ink.  Take a look at the tat commitment of PF member Mark Garry for example.






  • How to Hunt Pheasants without a Dog: Taking the cake as the most often searched phrase (rather than single word or term).  It turns out there are a bunch of folks interested in bagging roosters, but lack the assistance of canine companionship.  Check out my top tips to success as a dogless pheasant hunter.


What about you?  Do you frequently visit our blog page or did a search engine term lead you here?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

October 2011

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Are you counting the days till October too?

As the snow falls out the window behind me again today, I can’t help but think about pheasant hunting season.  Apparently, I’m not alone.  According to our website’s analytics, the most commonly searched term driving pheasant hunters to our website the last few weeks is “October 2011.” 

My hunch is that folks are already planning their 2011 fall pheasant hunting calendar.  While not all states have announced their 2011 pheasant seasons yet, I’ve been able to find opening day dates online for most of the top pheasant hunting destinations.  So here you go! 

2011 Pheasant Hunting Opening Days

(These dates are tentative, please be sure to check your state’s regulations)

Colorado                                                    Not announced till July

Iowa                                                           Saturday, October 29

Kansas                                                       Saturday, November 12

Montana                                                     Saturday, October 8

Minnesota                                                  Saturday, October 15

Nebraska                                                    Saturday, October 29

North Dakota                                             Saturday, October 8

Ohio                                                           Not announced till July   

South Dakota                                             Saturday, October 15

Wisconsin                                                  Saturday, October 15

 The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.