Ok, let’s be honest it may not the greatest tale ever told, but if you’re a grouse hunter, dog lover or both, it’s got to be up there on your list! The Road to Tinkhamtown is a short story written by Cory Ford and is considered by many, to be one of the best. It’s a story about a man’s journey from one life to the next, in which of course he’s accompanied by his dog. The story is written in such away that as a lifelong grouse hunter, my heart is captured each time I read it. Ford touches on all of the magic and beauty of the October grouse woods, all the while preparing you for an emotional ending that get’s me every time. I encourage you to sit back with a glass of something brown and give it a read, I truly believe you’ll most certainly enjoy it. [Read more...]
Well it has been a crazy week around my house. My wife Lacey and I recently welcomed home our very first bird dog, an English Setter named Hartley. Needless to say it has been an extremely eventful week but I don’t think either of us could be any happier with our decision to invite the little monster into our home permanently. [Read more...]
I have wanted to add a second bird dog to the family for nearly three years. Stella, my first shorthair is just over four. I trained her on my own with the help of a few friends and mentors. Once I saw the results of her training, I was hooked, drank the Kool-Aid, and I couldn’t get enough. I soon realized that if you want to be a serious bird hunter, you have to have dog power. I knew immediately that I needed more than one dog to do the hunting trips I wanted. It is hard on the dog to hunt all day long for consecutive days. In order to do hunts over three days long, it would require more dog power. [Read more...]
Last year, I went turkey hunting for the first time and I had a great experience, so I couldn’t wait for this season to get underway and to get out and chase some gobblers. If you haven’t read the post on last year’s turkey hunt, you can read about it here.
In anticipation of this hunting season, I reached out to landowners that surrounded the 40 acres that I have access to. I was able to secure access to a parcel of land that was adjacent to the 40 and I was optimistic that this land would provide me with a better opportunity to connect on a mature tom. The seasons in Minnesota are only five days long so you have to make the necessary preparations and be sure you can utilize each day to the fullest. I wasn’t able to hunt two of the days as they landed on the Minnesota Walleye Opener, so I hunted the first day of the season and the third. [Read more...]
With the release of the 2014 Ruffed grouse drumming survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, grouse hunters are buzzing with a bit of extra excitement today! While the drumming survey is only an indicator and in no way guarantees bird numbers this fall, it is a historical study and it has closely tracked Minnesota’s cyclical grouse population for decades. Regardless, the results of this year’s study are significant and certainly indicate the possibility that were are now on the upswing with respect to overall bird numbers. [Read more...]
Happy Friday everyone, and thank you to SportDog Brand Films for this fantastic short video. It’s incredibly well done and should stir the emotions of any upland bird hunter out there. I really enjoyed the fantastic shots of the beautiful dog work. We hope you enjoy it too.
Have a great weekend everyone!!!
What’s in a name anyway? When it comes to some of our favorite grouse coverts, a name can represent a lot of things! It might be a clever nickname or it could be a cherished memory or a snapshot in time in the life of the covert or of the hunter that givith thy name. As a result of our recent venture into the spring drummer’s woods, detailed here, we’re considering naming that covert, “The Kingdom.” Regardless of what the name of a covert represents, our crew has always favored the use of nicknames when passing along hunting reports and the art of naming the coverts has become somewhat of a tradition in itself. [Read more...]
With the exception of a few years, we always have a group that heads to Leech Lake for the Minnesota walleye opener. Our family has a long history with the lake. Since I have been going up, we have had groups as large as eight in one cabin and this year we were down to three: my grandpa, my dad, and me. My grandpa has been going up to Leech Lake for opening fishing since the 1960s. I love hearing his stories of driving up in a school bus that his relatives had converted into a RV. They didn’t have paved roads in some areas and every once in a while, they had to get out of the bus, run alongside, and push to get through the mud. Those were the good old days! [Read more...]
It’s official, spring has FINALLY arrived in Northern Minnesota and the grouse have taken notice! This past weekend I took a trip up to the North country on a mission to locate and capture, via trail cam, the Spring King on display in the grouse woods. Unlike our snow-covered excursion in March, we are happy to report that this mission was a complete success and much more! [Read more...]
After a successful day in the woods like the one described here, you might find yourself searching for additional ways to commemorate the hunt, other than a fine meal. For this week’s, post we are happy to feature our first guest at Northwood’R.com. Aaron Regier has kindly shared his intuitive and cost-effective method of preserving some of the beautiful upland bird trophies we are so fortunate to harvest. Some of Aaron’s pictures caught our eye and we had to find out just how he was creating these Northwoods works of art! While I will say that we are excited to test out the process at Northwoods’R this fall, Aaron is certainly the expert when it comes to the method so with that being said, we’re going to let him tell you all about it! [Read more...]