Minnesota pheasant season opens Saturday

A yellow Lab pauses after retrieving a pheasant to check out action elsewhere in the field. Minnesota’s pheasant season opens tomorrow. (Sam Cook photo)

Good luck this weekend if you’re headed out for the Minnesota pheasant opener. The season opens tomorrow. Hunters should find most crops out of the field, which puts pheasants into cover that’s easier to hunt.

Be sure to carry plenty of water for the dogs. Conditions in pheasant country this year are extremely dry. I usually carry two, sometimes three water bottles with me for the dog. Temperatures are supposed to approach 70 over the weekend, and that’s pretty warm for a dog with a heavy coat.

I took the photo above on my last hunt last December. Lucy was sitting while I took her photo with the rooster, and then we heard a shot from my partner across the field. Lucy perked up and looked that way, thinking there might be another bird that needed to be retrieved.

Two friends and I will be headed for the little red farmhouse near the South Dakota border for opening weekend. Pre-season reports indicate that there are lot more birds around than last fall. We hope to find a few.

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