What should you expect from a four-month old english setter? I’m not exactly sure, but what I can tell you is that I could not ask anything more of my pup after a full month of grouse and woodcock season. Given that he is my first bird dog, my experience is quite limited. That being said, his apparent natural ability, along with his progression from the beginning of the season until now, combine to make me one very proud puppy handler! [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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!!!
What’s in a name anyway? When it comes to some of our favorite grouse coverts, a name can represent a lot of things! It might be a clever nickname or it could be a cherished memory or a snapshot in time in the life of the covert or of the hunter that givith thy name. As a result of our recent venture into the spring drummer’s woods, detailed here, we’re considering naming that covert, “The Kingdom.” Regardless of what the name of a covert represents, our crew has always favored the use of nicknames when passing along hunting reports and the art of naming the coverts has become somewhat of a tradition in itself. [Read more…]
If you’ve been following Northwoods’R at all through our brief history, you’ll know that my experience pursuing the Ruff with the help of a bird dog is limited. In case you haven’t been following us, you could learn more about my history as a grouse hunter and/or future endeavors with a bird dog by following the aforementioned links. Regardless, the story I want to share with you today is about a lesson I learned this past season in one of my, now accumulating, hunts with a fine cover dog. [Read more…]
If you read My Confession To The King post, you’ll know that I have spent most of my days in the grouse woods without the companionship of a four-legged friend. Although I have enjoyed every day, right down to the last-minute, in pursuit of the Ruffs, I could not be more excited about bringing home my first bird dog this summer. I’m sure most dog owners can relate to the fact that right now I am filled with anticipation of the adventures and hunts that this little pup and I will share in the coming years. I understand fully that it will also be a journey into the unknown, as I attempt to train and raise the pup into the bird finder that I hope SHE can be! [Read more…]
Today I’m writing to confess and attempt to explain my possible shortcomings as a grouse hunter as well as apologize for any wrongdoings I have done unto the bird I refer to as the King, the Ruffed Grouse. The story begins when I was just a young lad, cutting my teeth on the sport of grouse hunting. [Read more…]
As I sit and reflect on the 2013 grouse season, it is hard for me not to think about how different this season was for me compared to all of them leading up to this point. On August 13th, 2013 I became a father. One cannot know the kind of happiness, joy, challenges, and fear of the unknown this can bring until you experience it for yourself. [Read more…]