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Opinion: Tips for pheasant hunters

Published 10/14/2009, The Daily Republic

Our regular South Dakota pheasant season opens Saturday. With more than 50 years of ringneck hunting and 1,000-plus roosters behind me, I definitely have some thoughts on the subject. I’ll put my most important notion first. When you flush a raucous rooster from under your feet, it’s totally unnerving. Take a second, regain your composure and check the background before you squeeze that trigger. I always say a little prayer before I step into that first field. Nothing could be worse than accidently shooting a companion. May I never forget it’s possible so long as I have a gun in my hands.

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