Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
I hunted this morning for a few hours. Wasn't bad in the woods just needed a hood to keep the snow off the neck. The dog had more fun than I did. No tracks and no birds but a good trek for sure.
Saw several boats out musky fishing this morning. Those were the crazy ones haha
Late report, hunted with 4 other buddies last weekend. Hunted a total of 3 full days. Saw/flushed 52 grouse and 38 woodcock. Ended up with 5 grouse and 15 woidcock. Hunted mostly 11-17 year old aspen. Bird numbers for us certainly up this year.
Just returned from a 2&1/2 day hunt in Oneida County. Solo hunt.Totals are approx give or take 1 or 2 birds, 22 grouse & 25 woodcock flushed. Ended up shooting 2 woodcock. 13 month settler is a work in progress. Started pointing woodcock on day 2 & one grouse point on day 3. First hunt in the thick stuff. All prairie grouse till now. Never found the bigger amount of woodcock that I was hoping for. Found some doodles in clear cuts, some on alders & some in grouse cover. Seemed to d be scattered. Great time in beautiful country!
Fact is, Wisconsin trapping laws are a lot more restrictive than Minnesota. I know they've had problems over there with 220 conibears set in buckets, which isn't legal here without a 10 inch recess and a restricted opening.
Bird hunters should be glad trappers are out there killing nest robbers. The risk to dogs is small. And, given a chance, trappers would easily solve this wolf problem.
I know that trapping season is about to start so I thought I would bring this up for discussion. I read an article a while ago that about 10-15 bird dogs had been killed in Minnesota by legal traps set for furbearers. They were conibear sets I believe which kill instantly. I also think those are legal to use in Wisconsin. I had a Brittany years ago that was caught in a foothold trap set near a stream but she was uninjured after I got the trap off her. Anyone else have any experience with this? Something else to worry about.