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Bird hunting preserves

I looked back a good ways in the history of this subject and did not see any discussion about this subject, so I'm wondering. Of the last 8 or 10 pheasant hunting trips I've made (last 7 or 8 yrs), only one was outside a preserve setting. I went to Kansas for four days (13 hr drive) and although I enjoyed the country, I saw more deer than cock pheasants and only took one, walking more miles that I care to guess.

The two preseves I've hunted were both well over 250 acres and set up in very natural habitat. On one place, local here in Tennessee, we utilized their dogs and dog handler. We hunted both pheasants and quail and I always enjoyed it. The flushes were always natural and we always had good dogs.

The other place was back home in southern N.E. This place also had dogs, but since my Buddy owns one, we always used his. we hunted pheasant and chukar on this place. very nice natural habitat and no idea whatsoever where the birds might be.

Am I kidding myself thinking these were quality hunts? I can simply tell you that to the hunt I enjoyed them immensely!

Your thoughts are?? Confused

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They are as quality as you

They are as quality as you think they are. Out here we used to have lots of wild birds fairly close to home, no more. Closest wild birds are grouse but I haven't hunted them much in a lot of years, gonna change that next year. Problems with my knees keep me out of chukar hills much any more and fixed income means out of state trips really can't be afforded. Hoping to do one anyway next year. I've never hunted anything out of state in my life.

But as for preserves, I made a trip to Brownlee Res on the snake river this year. Cost me about $150 and I couldn't get into where the birds were so didn't get to see much in the way of dog work. I also made two trip's to a preserve, my first two ever. Terrain was alright, about like a training field. Best part was I could walk the whole thing without hurting my knees to bad. No, the best part was I got to see the dogs work birds. Would be nice to get them on wild birds but other than grouse those days are about gone. Probably alright because I've killed my share and then some of birds and I really would rather watcch the dogs work a bunch of birds as apposed to going into the wild and seeing few birds if any.

I'm not sure how long I'll be able to afford a couple trips to a preserve any more, getting pretty expensive. But next spring I'm planning on 100 chukar chick's and 100 bobwhite chicks to raise for my own use. For about $300 I'll have two hundred birds to release and work the dogs on. That's cheaper than two trips to a preserve. Two trips to a preserve eqquals 20 chukar's at $340. Or 20 pheasant for $560.

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good points

Don, You are correct about the cost and how that factors into a decision. I haven't hunted a preserve in about 5 yrs I guess, but I do miss the fellowship found in bird hunting as it's such a more social thing than big game hunting and also, just as you, good dog work.

The place that was local here was also nice enough to sell us birds (quail) as well and we spent many a weekend making our own "preserve" on a piece of ground we used to have to hunt.

I do miss good bird hunting (almost as much as my shotguns do, I'd guess!!)  Yes

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