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…]
It’s that time of year again and videos are starting to roll in for Ruffed Grouse Society’s annual video contest. While Northwoods’R hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, we definitely plan to in the future! For now we’ll just enjoy the videos with the rest of you.
There are some great submissions so far with a lot of awesome Go-Pro action, I’m thinking we may need to buy one of those before next fall. Our favorite video as of right now is absolutely Clayton Rider’s submission, “Journey to the Northwoods.” Not only did he tip his cap to the great Northwoods in his title, he put together a great video that captures a special aspect of grouse hunting that I imagine all of us can relate to. Family, friends, dogs… grouse hunting!
Check out Clayton’s video below and follow this link to the rest of the videos submitted. Nice work everyone!
P.S. The deadline for submission is February 28th so there’s still time to submit one of your own! (Contest rules)
It’s been some time now since Garrett and I found ourselves in the midst of a week-long road trip back in October, but the memory of my first double is still fresh in my mind. I can still relive it in my mind from the moment the dog picked up bird scent to the high-fives among friends once it was all said and done. While grouse season is not officially over in Minnesota, ’tis still the season to take a look back on another memorable season in the grouse woods. [Read more…]
We went to the in-laws in Fargo for Thanksgiving and fortunately, that also meant that I got to go pheasant hunting for a couple days after the holiday. We made the four hour drive after work Wednesday night. This led the dogs to be cooped up for the majority of Wednesday night so my father in law, Curt and I took my two shorthairs and his lab for a walk late Thursday morning. [Read more…]