Thanksgiving Scare

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…]

Great Grouse and Woodcock Hunt

This trip had a different feel to it from the beginning.  My dad and I typically go up to our shack and hunt together.  He was out in North Dakota pheasant hunting so I made the three-hour drive by myself.  This was a great opportunity for me to catch up with a few friends and enjoy some tunes.  I arrived at the shack Thursday night and was greeted by some friends that were already up working on deer stands.  They had a nice fire going and the shack was nice and warm.  We sat around the fire for a couple of hours enjoying whiskey and cigars.  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an evening in the woods, far away from city lights. [Read more…]

Pursuing A Better Grouse Dog


Last week, a great article was released in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a Minnesota-based breeder of English Setters and Pointers. It just so happens to be the breeder that I took my pup home from earlier this year. If you’ve been reading my posts throughout the last few months, like this one, you’d know that I’ve been very happy with my young pup and the progress he’s shown as a bird dog. I believe the article highlights many of the reasons that have made Jerry and Betsy so successful as breeders. I’ve said it before but I won’t hesitate to say it again, if you’re looking for an English Setter or Pointer, I highly recommend taking a look at their kennel by going to Not only are they producing fantastic bird dogs, but they run a first class operation and my wife and I were treated like long-time friends as opposed to first-time customers from start to finish.

Regardless, it’s another great article by Dennis Anderson and it’s very timely as we enjoy the spoils of October grouse hunting. Check it out at the link below:

In Pursuit Of The Perfect Bird Dog


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Breakthroughs In The October Grouse Woods


Well, it’s absolutely safe to say that October kicked off with a BANG, pun intended, especially for this half of the Northwoods’R crew. Last weekend, I spent a total of three days in the woods, two of them in the far Northern reaches of Minnesota with a good friend of mine and one of them in my usual stomping grounds closer to Duluth. During the three-day period I flushed over 35 grouse and 22 woodcock and I was fortunate enough to bag a few of each to ensure some tasty meals the following week! [Read more…]