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By Sam Cook

Northland Outdoors

MADISON, Minn. -- We knew what we were up against when we heard the neighboring farmer's report after picking 72 acres of corn.

"I picked the whole South Farm," Stan Patzer had said, "and I didn't see one pheasant."

Gary Larson and I were at his family's farm near Madison for a delayed pheasant opener. Each of us had other obligations on the Oct. 15 opener, but we had come west to hunt Sunday and part of Monday.

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