Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

One windy day pheasant hunting in southwestern Minnesota

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: November 5, 2013 - 3:18 PM

I've been hunting pheasants for more than 30 years, in all kinds of conditions, including near-blizzards, but Sunday in southestern Minnesota was a new experience. Friend Jack Rendulich of Duluth and I encountered 30 to 40 mile per hour winds that nearly blew us over.

Rendulich shot video as we hunted public land near a harvested corn field. An incredible nonstop stream of debris from the field blew through the air, occassionally slapping us in the face. Later, we saw corn debris drifting like snow in ditches and roads, and clinging to barbed wire fences.

Remarkable.

So it was miserable pheasant hunting weather, and most sane hunters would have called it quits and headed for home. We didn't. And, astonishingly, we ended up shooting our four-bird limit.

Check out the video above.

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