Posts Tagged ‘October’
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
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.
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
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 www.PheasantBlog.org or at www.QuailBlog.org. 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.
- Chipmunks: As odd as it may seem, these little BB gun targets are crushing the search term field at www.QuailBlog.org. In fact, Andrew’s “Open Apology to Chipmunks” is the most frequently visited QF blog of all time.
- Tiffany Lakosky: Turns out being an attractive, well-spoken, female hunter and Outdoor Channel personality can build up a following. The fact she’s also the owner of the world shed dog hunting champion doesn’t hurt her search engine results either.
- Bird Dog Names: I’ve sort of made a name for myself in PF’s blogosphere as a dog name aficionado. I doubt that I deserve the distinction, but it is one of my favorite conversations amongst fellow hunters, members and dog owners.
- Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: You may find this hard to believe, but of all the bird dog breeds out there, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the most searched breed before landing at www.PheasantBlog.org. Is there a secret someone’s not telling me?
- 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?
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
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.