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Continued: Five-state pheasant hunt road trip hopes to spread a message

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 26, 2013 - 4:21 PM

They’ll have diverse dog power, too.

Vavra, a marketing specialist, will hunt his 3-year-old yellow Lab, Beau. Hauck, PF’s online editor, has a 2-year-old English cocker spaniel, Sprig, and Nana hunts with a 1½-year-old red setter, Annie — the only pointing dog of the bunch.

“North Dakota has a mixed bag of birds, including sharptails, Hungarian partridge and pheasants, and hopefully we run into quail and prairie chickens in Nebraska,’’ said Nana, 28, of Minneapolis, a public relations specialist. “Sometimes it really helps to have a pointing dog because they can range out a bit further.’’

Last year during the five-day trip, the hunters bagged about 15 birds, or three a day.

“We’d be very happy with that,’’ Hauck said. “We all hunt public land on our free time, so we’re accustomed to this type of hunting. We haven’t had any days where we were absolutely skunked.’’

The backdrop to this year’s trip — the habitat loss and lack of a federal farm bill, which usually includes billions of dollars for conservation measures — adds some urgency to the group’s message.

“Now is the time everyone needs to band together and fight,’’ Vavra said.

 

Doug Smith • doug.smith@startribune.com

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