With the season closed, I finally got around to entering the last of my field days into my spreadsheet. As a result, I’ve put together my final days in the field, hours hunted and flush count numbers to share on the blog. 2016 felt like a decent year to me and the numbers have come to show that it in fact was a good year. Improvements across all major statistics categories indicate more birds in the woods and more productive hunts for me. [Read more…]
With ruffed grouse seasons finally coming to a close here in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I have now begun the annual reflection period and will inevitably begin looking ahead to next year. The late season hunting was ok this year aside from a few cold snaps and an unusual thaw that left the woods covered in ice, however once the snow covers up the ground, grouse hunting just isn’t the same for me. [Read more…]
After a bit of an extended hiatus on the blog, Hartley and I are back with a spring update! First off, I wanted to mention that over the last year, the number of subscribers to our blog has grown significantly which has been awesome! On the flip side of that, I often feel bad not delivering more regular updates, but we do our best to keep in touch via other social media outlets. My full-time gig with the Ruffed Grouse Society has definitely kept me busy during the spring banquet season which will continue into the month of May. I’ve already met many followers of Northwoodsr at my events and I hope to meet many more! [Read more…]
As every dedicated bird hunter knows, at the end of each season comes a LOOOONNNGGG time to reflect about seasons past and seasons to come. This year, I find myself reflecting back upon a very fun and exciting season of grouse and woodcock hunting. [Read more…]
As the title of this post suggests, today I want to highlight a unique project that ties together both my love and passion for the sport of grouse and woodcock hunting, as well as my “day-job,” working for the Ruffed Grouse Society as a Regional Director. What I’m referring to is a video series produced by A.j. DeRosa and the crew at Dangerous Cow Publishing, known as ‘Project Upland’. [Read more…]
The bare days of November are upon us which have delivered an onslaught of thoughts, emotions and mixed feelings as they always do! [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…]
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)