I’m heading out tomorrow to Fields, to try my luck in the Pueblos and the Steens. I had initially planned to hunt out of McDermitt but the fires that decimated the Trout Creeks this summer made me change my mind. Don’t know what to expect as I haven’t heard much yet from that part of the world. My experience thus far has been spotty, which corresponds to most of what I’ve heard. Some folks seem to have really wandered into great numbers of birds, while others have been lucky to find a covey or three each day.
Seems safe to say that we didn’t get the explosion of population we were hoping for. 2012 is definitely not a return to the glory days…but there are enough birds to keep us optimistic and widely scattered enough to keep us on the move. It’s a good thing I truly love covering ground, because thus far this doesn’t seem like a season to focus on limiting out.