CO dogless public land bird hunting

onderz

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Growing up I did my fair share of private land bird hunting in CO, WY, and ND but we have always had a dog along. Not sure if anyone has any tips, tricks, or tactics going forward without a dog, but figured I'd ask in case someone else is in the same boat and has had some luck. Just been having the itch to get out now that my other tags are filled but I'm still a little hesitant now not having a dog along.
 

30338

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The loss rate on wounded pheasants is so high that I won't hunt them without a dog. Waterfowl would be doable though. Right now there are just tons of geese up I-76. Be worth doing a guided goose hunt as right now I think it would be epic.
 

gadrahthaar

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Atlanta, GA
Its not the same without a dog, but its definitely better than being indoors. The wound loss is something to worry about, just don't shoot doubles. Shoot, watch down, retrieve. As for specific tips, what bird are you chasing?

After that, get a dog.
 

FOS373

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I’ve been doing a bit of duck & goose with a guide on the Front Range and have been very successful. Don’t have a dog for hunting and don’t want to invest in a trailer load of decoys, so it’s worked well for me
 

rmrwade

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for pheas, start and stop a lot. walk all cover all the way out to an edge. throw rocks into cover mark them when they fall and haul a$$ over there to find them.
chukar listen in the canyons and glass for moving birds. late season sharptail and huns. just go for a walk and hunt them up after you bump them. get a pack , sling or gun bearer ducks and geese just set up where you can get a retrieve on them. absolutely can be done. grew up hunting that way with my dad. we had tons of fun. that being said I have been running drathaars since 1992. way more better
 

jmez

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On big fields concentrate on the edges. Most of the pheasants will be within 50 years of the edge. I'll second the stopping a lot. That I'd when they will fly. Run to the spot they fell.

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