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Your Pheasant Hunting Season is Over, Now What?

Izzy the shorthair

The author’s German shorthair pup, “Izzy,” loves pheasant hunting and doesn’t want her first season to end. Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

As I contemplate my recreational options for the first weekend in January, my pheasant hunting choices are rapidly disappearing.  Pheasant hunting in my home state of Minnesota closed on New Year’s Day not to reopen till mid-October; ten long months away.  So now what do I do with my weekends?

Although Kansas and Nebraska have provided excellent January destinations for me in the past, I don’t have the time available this year to make those trips from my Minnesota home.

Both South Dakota and North Dakota’s seasons extend through Sunday, while Iowa’s continues through the 10th of January, so this trio of states does indeed provide a more manageable option from Minnesota.

Local game farm hunt clubs also provide a closer, yet pricier, alternative to run my pair of shorthairs and shoulder the scattergun.  While the hunting isn’t near as challenging as a wild bird adventure, my dogs delight in January and February days filled with a nose full of pheasant at the local hunt club.

The reality of my situation is one we all confront this time of year, the winding down of pheasant season and the ten month wait for another opening day.

What do you do when your state’s pheasant hunting closes for the year?  Do you travel to a different state, hit the game farm, find a friend with a beagle to chase rabbits or drill a hole in the ice and go fishing?

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

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4 Responses to “Your Pheasant Hunting Season is Over, Now What?”

  1. David Cummings says:

    Keep shooting pheasants… with a shoulder-mounted camera!

  2. Tony Lee Arneson says:

    Hey Bob, I have been fortunate to develop a great friendship with a local game farm owner in Wisconsin. What has transpired is my volunteering to guide with my GSP. Whenever they need an extra guide, I get a call. Keeps me and pup in hunting shape and extends the season into March. As long as the tips pay for gas and enough to take the Missus out for a fish fry, I’m good.

  3. Bob St.Pierre says:

    @David Cummings & @Tony Lee Arneson Thanks for the suggestions. Both excellent ideas!

  4. I get depressed and start counting down the days!

    I’m sure I will do some phishing and phredator management, but it’s just not the same.

    It was a great season though…


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