This was 6-month old Bo's, second hunting day. We took a 3-bird limit of just sharptails the day before and above was the first bird of a three-bird limit of just greater prairie chickens. I'm sure many of you realize that in the two states where greater prairie chickens and sharptails are both legal game birds, Nebraska and South Dakota, the limit is three birds in aggregate. (Yes, Minnesota has a special draw chicken season and North Dakota also did for a few years, but only South Dakota and Nebraska allow both birds in a general season aggregate limit.) So it's perfectly legal to take a mix of prairie grouse, but I haven't taken a mix in many years. I'm usually trying for a particular combination limit that includes just sharptails or just chickens.
It took us a little more than an hour to flush our first flock and I missed a gimme on the initial rise, but hit a late flusher and lucky Bo got a mouthful!
There was a record amount of rain in the sandhills in 2010 with thick, green, grass all the way into the hills.