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9/12/03 @ 11:53 AM
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150class
150class
USER since 8/24/01
Let us know where youre finding the birds, what were the conditions, what type of terrain.

Lets here some good dog stories as well.

Can we attach pictures in this forum now?

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2/26/18 @ 5:15 PM
SJB
SJB
USER since 7/16/01

National forest included.  But I would ask you look at the bigger picture.  If you are running your dog in areas where any type of bird is nesting, it is generally speaking a bad idea.  Some birds, and I think woodcock and grouse fall into this, if they are pushed off the nest, they don't come back and you killed that potential clutch.  I run my dogs year round in a CRP type park near my house.  Except spring - then I hold off and run them on the road, or not at all.  I have an area where the woodcock males do their singing type dance and it is great to see, but once they are a few weeks in, I back off and stay out of there.  They way I look at it, the little extra training for my dogs is not worth the idea of potentially ruining the hatching of the birds.  I would suggest you work your dogs while the Woodcock are on their way back north, but as soon as you see signs of nesting, back off and stay out of the woods for about 2 mo.  That is what I do.  Unless of course you become a bander.  Something I will do when I have more free time in retirement - but right now can't between work and kids. 

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2/3/18 @ 1:54 PM
Pool8
Pool8
USER since 1/27/17

From what i read leashes needed in recreational areas and interpretive trails otherwise none needed on federal land. 

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2/3/18 @ 1:42 PM
river_chaser
river_chaser
USER since 10/3/12

DNR lands.  Does that include or exclude the national forest?

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2/3/18 @ 1:08 PM
thinblueline
thinblueline
USER since 1/25/10
Oh ok. It seems I’ve read on other websites and forums of guys working their dogs on woodcock in the spring but maybe those were other states or something. Thanks for keeping me from a violation.

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2/3/18 @ 12:18 PM
Pool8
Pool8
USER since 1/27/17

Thinblueline dogs must be leashed from april 15th to july 31st on dnr lands because of nesting 

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2/3/18 @ 11:23 AM
drummer boy
drummer boy
USER since 3/14/08

thin, I do not think it is legal to run you dog on spring birds.

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2/3/18 @ 4:28 AM
thinblueline
thinblueline
USER since 1/25/10
Hi everyone. I would like to get my young dog out during the spring woodcock migration in northern Wisconsin. I realize there are weather variables that influence the migration, but can anyone offer kind of a general time frame, on average, when I might catch em coming back?

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2/2/18 @ 5:46 PM
Pool8
Pool8
USER since 1/27/17

Birdboy you can also check tne mdnr site under the GEMS program , grouse enhanced managment sites to see if there are any in that area

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2/2/18 @ 4:04 PM
river_chaser
river_chaser
USER since 10/3/12

May want to ask this question on uplandjournal dot com.  Bird hunters like here but with a larger geographical base.

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2/2/18 @ 11:58 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER since 8/24/07

So I have a request for information.  

My son is looking at schools in Wisconsin and Michigan for college.  He has been accepted to Central Michigan.  He is an avid grouse hunter and likes the idea that it is close to the Huron-Manistee national forest.  I've only hunted grouse in Wisconsin and the U.P.  Never lower Michigan.  Anyone know if the grouse population is any good?  I looked over the DNR maps and it appears many of the forests are older with some smaller areas of young aspen and clear cuts.  

Yes this is a strange way to make a final decision about which college to attend.  But as a dad, I'm kind of happy that he is taking it into consideration.  Plus we would go hunting when I visit him in the fall!  Appreciate any feedback you have.  Thanks.

     

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