Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
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.
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.