As the leaves change, so does the grouse season. The trees are on fire, figuratively speaking of course, the grouse are venturing out into new territory, and the hunter’s anticipation builds as he looks ahead toward the glorious month that is October. For any seasoned grouse and woodcock hunter, October most certainly marks the pinnacle of his or her hunting season. The crisp fall air along with the transformation of the forest combine to set the stage for some of the finest upland hunting one could imagine. [Read more…]
I don’t think words can explain the excitement we feel when a season opener is upon us. Our minds are spinning thinking about plans, birds, gear, dogs, and you can’t forget about work! It was a relief when I finally picked up my dad and pointed the truck north. We were only three hours away from our shack and the next morning we would be out in the woods chasing Mr. Ruff. [Read more…]
As of last Friday, my English Setter pup, Hartley is now twelve weeks of age, and Garrett’s GSP, Surly, is fifteen weeks of age. With only a week to go before Minnesota’s grouse season opens up, Garrett and I set out on Saturday to take the ever-so-important step in puppy training, introduction to guns. Both of our pups had successfully been introduced to birds at this point so we devised a plan for the day and set out to accomplish it, as long as the pups handled themselves accordingly. In no way were we going to jeopardize our pups’ futures by pushing them too far too fast. Long story short, the Northwoods’R crew had a fantastic day in the training field on Saturday and it’s safe to say that both pups exceeded our expectations! [Read more…]
Happy Friday friends! Hope you all are enjoying counting down the days to bird season as much as we are! My guess is some of you have already hit the woods to kick off the 2014 season. For those of us in Minnesota we’ve got one more week of waiting and then… Christmas in September!!! [Read more…]
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!!!