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  1. Hunted Savannah yesterday with a one of my best friends. We killed 3 roosters and should have had the fourth. Hank did his part, there was some missing going on on our part. I make it a point to rinse Hank's eyes with saline after hunting and was glad I did yesterday. We washed several seeds out and also a small piece of leaf. Hank looks like he's been through a war. He has scabs on his eyelids, nose, lips, ears and is missing hair on his front and back legs. He has 3 days to rest before hunting again this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then 5 days to rest before South Dakota.
  2. It has been a busy couple of days off. I hunted pheasants with Hank on Monday. Had one bird get up 20 yds in front of the dog. He was a poke, I shot twice and never cut a feather. Yesterday we killed 4 roosters. Hank had another dog hunting with us and he was terrible. I think its a competition thing. He put up a bird wild and chased it to the woods. He did it again and I put him in his kennel, after having a heart to heart, and hunted with my brothers lab. This morning Hank was back to his usual self. We killed 2 roosters in a half an hour. He worked great. A guy I met a couple of weeks ago is in South Dakota and sent me some pics. They aren't shooting limits, but are killing birds everyday. 2 weeks, 1 day, 18 hours till I am out there, but who's counting.
  3. I was able to get a area on the CO OP yesterday morning. I took a friend from work who has never shot a pheasant before. Must say, I have never hunted anything in that kind of rain, it was unreal. We put up six birds, shot 2 and Hank caught one. Hank put one of the birds up wild and knew he had done wrong immediately. The last bird we shot went in with just a broken wing. Hank was on the spot instantly but could not find the bird. He eventually tracked it down 15 yards from where it went down, burrowed in thick grass. We would have never found that bird without the dog. Good luck and safe hunting.
  4. Awesome. Nothing like seeing youth hunters having opportunities like this.
  5. Had a youth pheasant hunt yesterday and today. Yesterday we hunted at the Audubon center in Savannah. I took three kids and watched them all kill their first pheasant. Three of the birds died over a marsh so Hank got to make some water retrieves on pheasants. The shooting wasn't the greatest but it was a blast non the less. Today we hunted at the Cayuga Tompkins CO OP and had a great time. One of the boys with me had killed pheasants before but the other killed his first today. Conditions yesterday were great for Hank, a good wind with lots of moisture in the field. Today was a different story with no moisture and it was a little warmer. I am thankful I did as much conditioning work with Hank over the summer because he worked his ass off. Next week is the official opener of the season and I hope to have Hank out as much as possible before our trip to South Dakota and Nebraska in 3 weeks, 3 days, 6 hours and 7 minutes. But who is counting.
  6. Awesome Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. I participated in a youth hunt yesterday in the northern zone. I had 3 kids with me and Hank and they all killed 2 birds. Hank has been busy retrieving geese and he picked up right where he left off last year with the pheasants. I have youth hunts both Saturday and Sunday in October and can't wait to get Hank on more birds. I leave in early November for 5 days of hunting in South Dakota, then driving to Nebraska for 7 days of hunting with my son so every chance I get to hunt birds with the dog will put him in prime shape for the trip. Hope everyone is good and has a safe and successful hunting season.
  8. We will run either the 8 or 12 oz on the backer of the copper. We run the black offshore releases off the line going to the big planer boards. They are a great tool in the right conditions. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  9. We run torpedo divers whenever the conditions allow us. Off the planers, on leadcore and instead of having a 500' copper out, we run a 250' copper with a torpedo in front. It makes a difference when the fish get rigger weary. I have been catching walleyes on a local river running a thunderstick jr back 30' and a 4 or 8 oz. Diver in front to get it to depth. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  10. That is over a 2 hour drive from my house, if I make it out to Cabelas before you sell it I'll get ahold of you Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  11. Is the climber aluminum Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  12. Lakeview is awesome, Chris and Wally are great people Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  13. We made our annual trip to the Hudson and had a great time. We landed 33 fish both trolling and drifting worms. Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  14. Here are the proposed new dates for the South zone Canada season- Oct 23 to Nov 19, Nov 25 to Jan 13
  15. You're right, the Western zone is too big and it is impossible to make everyone happy considering the Finger Lakes hunters, and east of here, are lumped in with people hunting on Lake Erie. I have tried to split the zone with no luck. Federal regulations do not allow us to split it 3 times, that has nothing to do with the task force. The limit on geese is 1 for everyone, including youth hunters, there is no changing that until the limit goes up. We get told every year what people think are great days for them, but what is good for us in the FLX is not good for everyone because of the size of the zone. What is your ideal weekend for the youth hunt?
  16. Thanks for your opinion. It's been my experience when taking kids out for the youth weekend that they are excited to be out hunting. There are still loads of teal, wood ducks and other species to target, not to mention the opportunity to shoot a goose. Let me know when your ideal weekend for the youth hunt is and I will make that suggestion at next years meeting. Thanks again.
  17. We had our task force meeting yesterday. Here are the seasons. Duck - Oct 16 to Nov 7 Nov 27 to Jan 2 Youth - Oct 2 and 3 Veteran/active military - Nov 11 and Nov 13 2 Scaup season - Dec 14 to Jan 2, all other season days the limit is 1 Brant - Oct 2 to Nov 20 Goose - West Oct 23 to Nov 7 Dec 20 to Jan 2 30 days, 1 bird limit Goose - South Oct 23 to Jan 8 78 days, 5 bird limit If it is necessary, and it looks like it is, that there is a restrictive AP goose season for the 2022-2023 season, there will be a survey sent out asking hunters if they prefer a 30 day, 1 bird limit or a 15 day, 2 bird limit season. It is still unclear if aircraft monitoring and banding will take place again this year on the AP goose breeding grounds. The AP goose harvest states are proposing a satellite telemetry project of greater than 400 birds to determine migration routes and chronology of AP Canada geese. This will help estimate the exposure days of hunting within the resident population zones, determine the timing of migration relative to current framework dates and explore the potential for additional Canada goose hunting opportunities that does not cause additional exposure to AP Canada geese. 600 +/- Hen Mallards from Eastern Canada are to be fitted with satellite telemetry to monitor reproduction, survival rates and better understand movement and migration.
  18. I took a ride to Long Point last Wednesday and there was still ice in the launch. With the cold weather we have been having, I'm sure it is still there.
  19. Fished Otisco yesterday and landed 2 short tigers Sent from my SM-J737U using Lake Ontario United mobile app
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