As I pull off the gravel road and onto the driveway, I slow-roll past a familiar mailbox and a smile creeps over my face. I continue on by an “English Setter Crossing” sign and I like to think Hartley, my two-year old setter, is also smiling behind me in his crate. I follow the driveway that separates a beautiful piece of forested bird cover on my left to the open grassy training fields on my right. Eventually the truck is parked and we have arrived, this is Pineridge Grouse Camp. [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…]
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!!!
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…]