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Walk in access areas for pheasants

Anyone in Colorado chased pheasants on the walk-in access properties. I have never hunted upland birds and am thinking about giving it a go this year. I figured I'd pick up the atlas and try a couple of spots come winter.

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Hard to believe no one out

Hard to believe no one out there is taking advantage of this program. I'm atleast gonna give it a go this year.

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I hope they get it going

hawkeye270 wrote:

Hard to believe no one out there is taking advantage of this program. I'm atleast gonna give it a go this year.

Up in your area it may be worthwhile.

Down here what we find is that resources for any statewide program are going to be concentrated within easy access for the areas that contain the voter populations.  That's not just hunting property, it's road projects, schools, economic development subsidies, you name it.

That said, I've hunted walk-in access properties that weren't bad in terms of the number of roosters, but they were far into SE Colorado and the abundance of cockleburrs, goats heads, and sand burrs, had the feet of every dog we saw bleeding.  If I drive out past Lamar or Springfield then it's only another 45 minutes to just keep going to Kansas where there won't be any question about the opportunity available.

The past decade I've seen a big effort by the DOW to provide better upland opportunities.  By contrast I have seen no progress at all toward restoring the duck populations in the San Luis Valley.

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Ya

I was hoping for a response also. H-270 did you watch that DVD that came with the small game Lic.

I couldnt believe how good the pheasent hunting is over there! I was pumped up while watching it and how much info it gave out, HELL even my dogs watch it with me, my wife thinks i'm crazy, LOL

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I believe she's right!

I believe she's right! Hahahaha...Is the open access program open to non-residents too?

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I have not watched it yet. I

I have not watched it yet. I keep forgetting to check it out. Does it have some pretty good information. If I can remember I am going to pull it out when I get home. Since I am new to upland hunting it does not really matter if I get something. I just would like to be able to get on a chunk of property with some birds and give it a go. It looks like fun. My job, which steals all my hunting time, will be over by then and I will be able to get out there.

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Hawkeye: I've had a pretty

Hawkeye:

I've had a pretty good time running around walk-in lands, it's definitely worth the drive.  Check northeast.

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OK, thanks for the tip. Do I

OK, thanks for the tip. Do I need to be walking a field right when the sun comes up or do I want to wait a bit. I have never hunted pheasants so I am a complete newbie. I picked up the property atlas so I just need to find some time to get out there.  

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Time of day

Let me know when your interested in going.  I have several great fields with great corners that a couple guys can do well.  I usually hit CRP or tall grasses early or when its cold and windy.  I then hit the corn or stubbed wheat in the late morning early afternoon then back to the CRP and tall grass in the late afternoon.  You don't need a dog but it helps.  If you don't have a dog then be ready to run after your bird hits the ground cause you will lose birds easy in the CRP if you don't kill the bird in flight.  They will run and hunker down and you'll never find em.  Like I said let me know and I will do some walk in with you as well.  I have several walk in areas that have been great in years past. 

James

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In my experience the best

In my experience the best opportunities are at first light in CRP grass, near a cut milo/wheat/corn field (food source).

Sorry about the late reply, in Kansas chasing pheasants...Walk SLOW and quietly.  Enter the field where most hunters won't.  Change your direction of travel and pause frequently.  Those suckers can hide in just about anything and won't fly unless you force them to.  The Yuma area has good small walk in fields for small groups of hunters, alot of grass corners adjacent to corn fields.

Roadside ditches can be a goldmine for a solo/small group hunter.  Landowners usually will grant permission if you ask to walk only their ditch.

I did this with some sucess before getting a dog.  I got skunked frequently, but occasionally got lucky.  They usually flush right around the time you're bored/cold/tired.

A better bet is to make friends with a guy who owns dogs...

 

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:D :D Made it out last

Big smile :D Big smile :D

Made it out last Saturday...the properties are first rate. Lots that were in the program last two years that are now out, and I hit three new ones that were WAY sweet! Though if you read my post, you'll see it was a rough day for me solely due to the crowds. Great properties, lots of birds, & I managed a single which made our day! Yes

 

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