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Happenings 2012 ,Group Photos

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Pheasant season 2012!  Weather has held pretty well, a couple of snow squalls.  Harvest was over early which helped define bird locations, although we still have cover we have yet to hunt.


Here are some photos of our guests this season.

Breaking News: A Million Dollar bird bagged at Daybreak Sunday morning. 


Morgan guided the McCoy group into limits that included a banded rooster that qualified the hunter for the Million Dollar Bird promotion in Brown County!


Two guests shot this ringed-neck, Doug McCoy and Glen Danner.  

Saturday evening campfire had a few curious onlookers on the hill over the Elm River. It was just after sundown and seven deer appeared on the hillside. A couple of them ventured to the edge and silhouetted themselves against the sky. They watched us for about five minutes.  What an enchanted evening!

Fall 2012 has begun with several groups already hunting.  Weather has been warm, birds are plentiful, but scattered as the harvest is not yet complete. Soybeans have been picked, corn is next.


Looks to be a great season. Oil your boots and guns, pack your bags and come on out to Daybreak!

Food plots are growing in nicely.  Grains look good, rains continue to come timely. Soybeans are nearly waist high, with whitetails walking throughout.  And very importantly, we are seeing young  birds throughout the farm. 


Our building projects are progressing. Here’s a look at the new back porch on the Post. This will be a great place to watch the campfire, play bean bag, and tell tall tales while holding a Red Solo Cup. 

Last week at Daybreak we over-seeded some of the food plots, controlled some noxious weeds, and mowed the new CRP planting with the Bobcat.  It’s always encouraging to see the broods of young throughout the farm. The Elm is down to a more normal summer level. If this holds we will have much increased hunting access to the river bottoms and new haunts to explore with our pheasant hunters.


We continue the remodeling projects in the houses, barn, and Post. Grant will soon begin building the deck between the Post and the campfire.


All of the grain crops have been planted with beans predominately in the north half of the farm and both corn and beans in the southern half.  We have been seeding also.


We put in a small CRP area a couple weeks ago. Now in the first week of June we are planting food plots.  We will have about twenty areas throughout the farm when completed. In addition to providing both food and cover for the birds in the winter, these areas attract insects during the growing season – another important nutrient.   



The cover is greening up quickly. Grasses seems to have had an early growth spurt, providing acres and acres of great nesting cover.


The many blossoms are attracting insects, important nutrition for the developing chicks. We have seen many birds and also clutches of chicks, some already flying.



Spring is arriving rapidly on the prairie. We have had a several weeks of visits from the many migrating snow geese. These thousands were in section 13, on the southern edge of Daybreak last Tuesday evening.


 A large number of nesting pairs of Canada geese are present throughout the farm. Water levels are down, but every pond has ducks. The pheasants had an easy winter; we are especially encouraged seeing flocks of hens.



Morgan has utilized the Daybreak fields a number of times this late winter for dog training. He brings about fifteen dogs out to prepare them for the spring field trial season during which he will compete in 8 to 10 trials throughout the Midwest. Helping this time were Ross C., Mark R., Lynn C., Steve K., Mark and Morgan.



We brought in the New Year at Daybreak. The weather was nice for several hours of pheasant hunting with our English springer spaniel gun dogs. Front Row, l to r, Merlin, Zia, T.A., Middle Row, Pelli, Joannie, Sophie, Back Row, Hadley the Buttermaker.


The winter was quite mild throughout. Not much snow to restrict movement of the game, not much cold to endure.






In mid-November we hosted Eric Mathiowetz and his brother Todd Dahna of Mountain Lake, MN. Eric was the winner of the Million Dollar Bird Hunt promoted by Ron Schara’s Productions (RSP), the Aberdeen CVB and Pine Shadows Daybreak.


Eric became aware of the contest through Pine Shadows Facebook. Besides the Pine Shadows huntsmen and springers Eric and his brother were hunting with Minnesota Bound personality Bill Sherck and his associates. RSP is filming the entire weekend for stories to be presented on Minnesota Bound, Due North, and Pheasants Forever Television over the next year and a half.







Great group of friends with the Minnesota Bound (RSP) group for the Sunday hunt at Daybreak: Morgan, Jake Gibb, (RSP), Casey Weismantel, (Aberdeen CVB), Larry Brenner, (RSP),  Aaron Achtenberg, (RSP), Bill Sherck, (RSP),  Eric Mathiowetz, (contest winner), and his brother Todd Dahna.



Good friends, two pair of father/sons, a group of eager hunting dogs, a batch of birds – priceless.


December hunts – frozen ponds, grouped birds, clear weather - a delight for hunters.





September: Early season goose hunt brought some excitement. Hunter Barnett, one of the farm staff, hosted his brothers and his girlfriend for a great hunt.

Crops are still in so birds have a lot of hiding places. We have flushed a few coveys of young pheasants.


September: One afternoon we were looking out the east door of the barn watching a nyde of four roosters and six hens scratching in the wheat stubble. A  pair of roosters comes running across the field to the group. 


They begin to display their wares and pick a fight with each other. The show lasted about five minutes and they chased each other into the woods. The remaining pheasants continued to scratch for another thirty minutes.

October: Our first groups on the first week of the month. Hunters came from Oregon, Arizona, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Weather is very warm, lots of south wind. We are finding birds in the grass adjacent to the wheat stubble.



This group of avid sportsmen from Milwaukee have hunted with us for several seasons. This year they brought five of their own springers along for the hunt.


Besides chasing pheasants some from this party had duck licenses also. Each day we lured an interesting variety including wigeon, gadwall, teal, mallard and pintail over the blocks for nice shoots.


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For some of our hunters, pheasant camp is extra special as it brings together old friends for their annual visit - the conversations, the campfire, the party, the hunting, the memories made. 


As the corn harvest progresses we see more game, pheasants and deer, as they no longer have those many acres in which to hide and eat during the day.


Morgan examines a banded rooster shot by one of our guests. The Aberdeen Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has a hunting season promotion “The Million Dollar Bird”. They released a hundred birds throughout Brown County, each worth a hundred dollars if bagged and turned in. In addition, the lucky hunter is entered into a drawing which may have a reward of a million dollars. Good Luck Don!




November: The South Dakota Wheat Growers and their guests have been enjoying several days of fine weather and great hunting. This week we have introduced Dakota Pheasant Hunting to folks from Massachusetts, Colorado, Texas, Connecticut, Minnesota, Arizona and Missouri.









Fall Pheasant Hunting, the way it ought to be.


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