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Old 09-11-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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My son and I have always wanted to try bird hunting in Eastern Montana and the Dakotas. We have decided this will be the year. We will be taking the Safari from Eastern WA to Bismarck ND to visit some friends and would like to try a few spots on the way there and back. Anyone have any advice and/or areas to check out?
We are not familiar with Montana or North Dakota so trying to gather as much info as possible. We are looking for camping spots and of course areas we can legally hunt without getting ourselves in any trouble. We are somewhat worried about finding areas that the general public can access. I understand South Dakota may be offer more birds and are open to going there as well.

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Old 09-11-2012, 10:32 PM   #2
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One thing I can tell you is that pheasant hunting is a huge industry in South Dakota, on both public and private land.

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks claims over a million acres available for public hunting. SD GFP | Hunting | Small Game | Pheasants
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:59 PM   #3
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First I would find out about the hunting licenses.. I know here in Colorado they are really expensive for out of state people.. Good luck.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:06 PM   #4
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There should be plenty of Birds this year in most areas. N.D. Has walk-in areas which you can get a guide at most sporting goods shops, including any gas stations which sell hunting licenses. A little research on-line will help. SD has even more walk-in areas. A good dog always helps, bring treats. Have not hunted Montana... Good Luck
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:36 PM   #5
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Non-resident license in SD is $114. Sounds like the Airstream will be a perfect basecamp! Take your game shears and lots of ziploc bags!
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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My sage advise

Be sure the bird you are shooting at is the actual bird and not a reflection in the side of the Airstream.

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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Contributor phbarnhart (in this thread and others) is a resident of WA and a hunter. He may have some ideas pertinent if sent a PM.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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I have some great pheasant recipes (pheasant casserole, cranberry pheasant, etc.) once you've shot your limit.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:10 PM   #9
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I found quite a bit of information on hunting opportunities from the different state websites. A wealth of information there for the asking. I haven't been bird hunting for over 45 years and still miss it. It is good to hear that you are getting your Safari out on a worthy adventure. Best of luck to you.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #10
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You can not beat the bird hunting, chuckers, huns, quail, grouse and some pheasants, in Oregon, Washington and Idaho along the Snake River within Hell's Canyon. The ultimate sportsman trip is a jet boat ride up the Snake from Clarkston to fish and hunt birds. Nothing in North America is as good as that.

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:56 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies!

samb, we have been checking out several websites also, we will finally getting some use of the Safari. We have been spending more time in Texas with great results!

pappy19, are there operators who will drop folks off for a few days of hunting and
camping?

Mine isn't shiny enough to worry about reflections.

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:11 AM   #12
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Yes, here is a very good outfitter:

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:36 PM   #13
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North Dakota has waterfowl shooting as well as pheasants. There are fewer hunters banging on doors asking for permission for a place to hunt and your chances of getting permission are better. As a previous poster said, pheasant hunting is a big business cash crop in South Dakota. You are not likely to get any quality pheasant shooting without paying up for a guide and a place to hunt.
Pheasant hunting is a difficult proposition without a good dog. Without one, try hunting ducks and geese. During the fall migration, North Dakota is covered with snow geese and migratory mallards and pintails. You can set up a few dekes in a pond or lay out a bigger spread in a field.
No dekes? You can shoot enough for dinner pass shooting. Observe where the birds are flying and set up in a good place.
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I had good luck several years ago in Amidon,ND right on the montana border.
(Sharptails and pheasants)You can probably have access to power and water
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