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Happenings Fall/Winter 2011-12 

Summer 2011  Winter 2010-11

Fall 2010  Summer 2010

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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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