Elusive North Idaho Rooster

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Elusive North Idaho Rooster

Postby RowdyGSP » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:14 pm

Went to an area where there are SOME pheasants but by no means is it North Dakota, Montana or even eastern Oregon. There are a few. Enough that some of us North Idahoans like to challenge ourselves occasionally with them, knowing that there is a better chance of not putting up a pheasant than putting one up. So regardless, I didn't feel like making the long drive south for chukar, nor did I want to hunt local ducks or grouse, so Rowdy and I headed out to a spot that is cattails and switchgrass mostly, chasing roosters. These are marsh pheasant. No grain nearby. And they are wily. It took us 2.5 hours to hunt the piece of land and about 2 hours in Rowdy finally got really birdy. He was tracking, nose to the ground and I could see pheasant tracks in the skiff of snow on the ground. While he was tracking, a hen wild flushed at 30 yards, followed shortly by a rooster. I dropped a leg on the rooster on the first shot, and knocked it down lightly on the second shot. Right into 10 foot tall cattails, and about 20 yards into them. They were thick and I knew the rooster was alive. Rowdy went in and after a couple of minutes came back out, without the bird. I sent him back in again saying "Dead bird, fetch" and he went back in. A few minutes later he came back out with the still very much alive rooster. He got lots of praise and since we had pretty much covered most of that piece of land, we headed back to the truck, he and I very happy campers.

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Re: Elusive North Idaho Rooster

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:01 am

Great Story. Nice Rooster. Good Boy Rowdy!

All of my pheasant hunting locally is for low population well schooled survivors so I can relate.

Another nice aspect about Roosters is they are big, beautiful and great on the plate. Getting even one in a day is a good day vs say going out and shooting one dove.

I have sometimes contemplated how limits and size of the quarry affect our thinking and not always for the good. I hunted through an era when we could only shoot 2 mallards. I still enjoyed it. Go elk hunting and you only get one a season and a guy is thrilled with that. Go dove hunting and only shoot one and we might be inclined to say it was not a good hunt.

Enjoying the hunt, especially the tough ones is something we should strive to never loose I think.
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Re: Elusive North Idaho Rooster

Postby orhunter » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:41 am

Good day just being out with the dog. Think how Rowdy would feel if you missed.
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Re: Elusive North Idaho Rooster

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:35 pm

orhunter wrote:Good day just being out with the dog. Think how Rowdy would feel if you missed.
No kidding!
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Re: Elusive North Idaho Rooster

Postby Sooty42 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:20 pm

Good stuff! Keep posting your hunting stories. I am living vicariously through, because I have not been able to get out much this season.
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Re: Elusive North Idaho Rooster

Postby Willie T » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:44 pm

Looks like a good time.
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