Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
You guys have me drooling for another gun. Problem I see, after shooting nothing but Rem 870 for 45 years and conditioned to pump fast as I can pull the trigger I would instinctively rip off the forearm of any other gun I tried.
That likely is the perfect grouse/woodcock gun Jared. I have an old Rem 1100 in 12 gauge that I sawed the barrel off to 21". That's what I've always used. They used to make a Special Field that was 24". I haven't looked around at used guns, maybe that's the direction I should go.
It's sort of "endlessly frustrating" to have spent four solid days (10.23.18 - 10.26.18) tromping around the Nicolet National Forest (Oconto county) and Marinette county forest land without flushing one stinkin' grouse. I mean absolutely nothing. Then I read about other guys flushing dozens of grouse and woodcock in a single day.
These are areas where I would normally flush at least five grouse per day without a dog (she died in 2013).
By my reckoning, there are absolutely -zero- ruffed grouse in the Nicolet National Forest this year.
Thanks. It's a Beretta 12ga AL391 Technys. Had it about 14 years and love the gun. Lighter than most 12ga and it fits me well. I also have a couple of Benelli autoloaders and used my 20ga Montefeltro Limited a few days last week. Taking them apart and cleaning them today after the last two weeks in the woods.
I know the season is ending early but not sure if it's November or December. I don't usually hunt past the end of October because I don't like trucking through the snow.
Just closed my last day for the season. Saw lots of birds in two days hunting the week of the 15th and four days the week of the 22nd. All told flushed 109 grouse and only 10 woodies. Managed to connect on 7 grouse and 4 woodies. My Weimaraner is 11 now and while old Lucy has slowed down, she managed some amazing points and retrieves. I found some new, very nice cover that produced birds and will explore those areas further next year. Always love spending time in the woods. Hunted Iron, Price and Vilas counties.