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South Dakota Spectacular

The hunt of a lifetime is the reward for days of hard scouting in this state's prairie pothole country 
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Long-distance driving is part of the duck-hunting regimen in this part of the world. At least for ambitious sorts such as Hesby and his partner Tyson Keller, who is off somewhere surveying other cornfields. Scouting, they insist, is critical to their success. And they've got proof. "Just watch," Hesby says as midafternoon begins to turn into early evening. "You're going to be stunned. I can almost guarantee that."

Hesby has been babysitting this field for three days. He found it during one of his multiple-mile duck reconnaissance missions. The landowner was subsequently located and permission to hunt here was acquired.

"I've been hunting ducks up here for 20 years and I've never, ever seen a feed like this one," Hesby says. "Last night, I think there were about 50K in this field."

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