By Brad Trumbo
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Boot Leather Wins Wild Birds

Palouse Outdoors:


November 2, 2023

Brad Trumbo

Zeta points a Hun covey in another short-grass cover that stood more than a mile beyond the edge of a wheat field.

It's an utter fact, proven time and again, particularly in a state like Washington: wild birds in the vest are won with "boot leather," so to speak. Even in a spectacular wild bird year, by December, pheasants are scarce in the public covers of the Palouse. Private lands with the right mix of food and cover harbor dozens of pheasants as they congregate during cold weather. But rest assured, the remainder of the roosters are seasoned escape artists, skittish as hell and alive, thanks to their uncanny sense of property boundaries and fleet feet.

In southeast Washington, hunters push every sti...

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