Since we’ve successfully made it to the “one month out” mark, at least here in Minnesota, we thought there was no better time to remind everyone of these five preseason essential rituals for the grouse and woodcock hunter. I would imagine that everyone has their own version of this list and I look forward to hearing some of the items in your preparation for bird season.
I’m currently reading Burton Spiller’s More Grouse Feathers and a section that he discusses jumped out at me. Burt referred to a piece he wrote in Grouse Feathers in which he stated “it might possibly be the faint recurrence of a long-lost instinct to migrate”, and that “Nothing was farther from my thought than to imply I believed they did migrate, but I know that during certain seasons in the fall, their movements are actuated by a different impulse than that which guides their wanderings through the rest of the year.”
He goes on to tell a story of a hunt in the 1930’s in which his hunting party, along with two dogs, combed a grouse covert for several hours without finding a single grouse. On their way out, not far from the car, an uncountable number of grouse flushed simultaneously. [Read more…]
It has been awhile since I last posted but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything fun and worth reporting. Quite the contrary actually; I’m sure I’m not the only one who fills their summers full of adventures and activities to take advantage of the beautiful summers we enjoy in Minnesota. [Read more…]
There is just something different about hunting in the spring. If you have never watched the sun come up while sitting out in the woods or on the edge of a field, I highly recommend that you do it. Whether you are hunting or not, I guarantee you won’t regret it.
What I find so fascinating about sitting out in the spring is the amount of life that returns after a long and cold Minnesota winter and how active everything is in the early hours of the day. Well before the sun came up, I heard pheasants cackling, turkeys gobbling, waterfowl flying and calling, and even the neighbor’s rooster crowing. [Read more…]
Since I started researching bird dog breeds and training techniques in the fall of 2013, if there has been one piece of advice that I have heard or read more often than any other, it’s that wild birds will teach your dog how to hunt wild birds. Essentially, the more contacts you can get your dog on wild birds, the better that dog will be able to hunt and handle wild birds. [Read more…]
Growing up in Duluth Minnesota, I think I can safely say that I know when to appreciate the weather. The jokes are endless and I won’t dwell on them but I will share one of my favorites believed to be from Mark Twain, although the attribution to Twain is not without controversy, regardless, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Duluth.” That being said, the winter this year in Duluth, and the Midwest in general, was fairly mild including extended periods of mild temperatures and considerably less snowfall. To top it off, we’ve been welcomed into spring with a very mild stretch of weather including some beautiful days and a rapid melting of what little snow we had here. More importantly, with the snow gone we’ve had the opportunity to get our dogs into the cover to take advantage of some of the best training you can do with your bird dog this time of year, which is exactly what Hartley and I have been up to the last couple weeks. [Read more…]
Today at Northwoods’R.com, we’re asking one simple question. Would you support the creation of a Federal Upland Stamp? The Upland Stamp does not currently exist but it has been proposed by our friends at UltimateUpland.com and we’re hoping to see those that care about upland hunting and its preservation as a sport and tradition jump on the bandwagon! [Read more…]
The 2014 grouse and woodcock season marks the first year I took a formal approach to recording some statistics over the course of my hunting season. [Read more…]
The other day I found myself reading an interesting article after being directed to the Outdoor Life website via Sporting Classics Daily. The article was nominated for a 2014 magazine award and basically consisted of 51 tips, tricks and hacks to make one a better outdoorsman. [Read more…]