I was just asking for general areas, not names of CREP's or WIA's or anything like that. I.E. which bodies of water should I avoid so that I don't fill my waders up, those sorts of things. I honestly wouldn't want anyone to tell me exactly where to hunt because that takes some of the fun out of scouting and looking for areas that are holding birds and then planning the approach. I was using Aberdeen as my base camp. According to 2012 numbers provided by SD Fish and Game, Brown county had the highest combined numbers of projected birds. With 17,591 projected ducks taken and 86,342 projected pheasants taken. These are obviously a year old but I have the numbers for all the counties in SD. Like I said I wasn't asking for spots more or less what time of year to go, and what areas are safe to walk in and hunt and still be able to retrieve birds. Trust me we hunters from NC are just as quiet about our spots as you folks are up there. Heck even maybe more so as the birds here get wayyyyy more pressure than they probably do there. As far as pheasant I am a complete rookie. So thats why I was asking for help there, ducks I can pretty much figure out, I have been fortunate enough to hunt all over the country. But what I don't know without first being there are areas that we can hunt without a boat or dog. Because we can shoot them, but if the water is too deep than we aren't going to be able to retrieve them. I have heard of Plat books so that was going to be another question. But I do appreciate the information. How do you South Dakotians like whiskey? I sure wouldn't mind trading a few days of pheasants for some steaks and whiskey, and heck I'll bring some good beers too! Like I said I am on here trying to get an idea of what to expect, I have never done this before, it may turn out that we go the lodge and guide route but to me thats not hunting. I enjoy all aspects of the hunt, including scouting, setting my spreads, calling, etc. And pheasants would just be an added bonus.
"The value of any trophy from the field depends not on its size but on the magnitude of the effort expended in its pursuit" - Aldo Leopold
Bird Count for 2014:
2 Wood Ducks