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Lynn and Tad get ready for yet another flush!

Debuts today! Illinois’ Pike County is known for its monster deer; also for incredibly lush pheasant habitat at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. Manicured cropland alongside wild mature forests make for some difficult shooting.

It was hot, humid, and my shooting was, well, below par to say the least. But what a hunt!

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The Awesome Upland Road Trip, Day Two:

Cooler, overcast, so the dogs were happy. Terry’s shorthairs produced ringnecks and bobwhites all morning,  tramping through the milo and goldenrod strips, sycamore groves and oaks with a spring in their (four each) steps. The overcast soon rang with thunder, and by three o’clock a few drops blurred the camera lenses. Buddy got a run, making two elegant finds in the trees (I missed, Roger hit). Then, a back-and-forth search/track in the tall silage milo put up another bobwhite for Roger (we took his word for it – he was invisible to us through the vegetation). Buddy closed the deal with a sweet retrieve. Thanks to everyone at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge! Here are some behind-the-scenes shots:

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