Numbers are down, but pheasants are still there

The pheasant opener last Saturday was decent. The weather warmed up and it was almost balmy as hunters entered the fields to try and harvest some birds.

High winds Saturday did slow success a bit. Bird numbers are decent, even though they are not what they were a year ago. There are also still quite a few crops in the fields. Harvest has begun with the beans being the first to come out. Wet weather has held up that harvest. Very little corn is out and some of the corn is still pretty green. A killing frost would be ideal to help the corn dry down a lot quicker.

Despite all the cover hunters did see a few birds and managed to harvest some on the opener.

In the meantime, the fall colors are doing their thing. From south to north in the state the fall tree colors are awesome. I expected the leaves to have fallen at the cabin last weekend, but found the colors to still be good and leaves still on the trees. I don't expect them to be there very long. They may drop up north any day.

I did a little fishing up north Saturday morning and had some decent pike and bass. Like always this time of year I was alone on the water except for a few duck hunters. In the afternoon we got together and started to bring in a few docks. The water was low and pretty warm. We worked rather quickly and got four docks on shore. The other three will come out in two weeks.

Of course, mine is still in the water.

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