An Amazing Season!

Winding up one of the best pheasant and quail seasons I have ever experienced in Nebraska. I hosted a group of 6 hunters over the weekend. Every hunter limited on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of birds taken in front of pointed dogs. These birds have been hunted for 2 1/2 months and the dogs are still able to point a few. Pointing late season wild pheasants is considered impossible by some hunters. It just takes experienced dogs. Rio is 7 years old now and is definitely in his prime. The birds don’t have a chance.

All in a day's hunt
All in a day's hunt

We saw over 500 pheasants on Friday. Over a hundred in one flush. Next week I will put the gun up and grab a camera so I can show you. Quail numbers are up also although we have quit hunting them so we leave good seed for next season. The weather has been incredibly mild. 72 degrees a week ago. 67 degrees yesterday. Just 2 weeks before it’s all over.

Question for discussion : What shotgun load should be used for hunting late season pheasant? If there is a chance for pheasants and quail on the same walk what load would be best?