Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
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.
Maybe but I would rather have a wounded wolf than a dead dog. Also being that the wolf would more than likely be bigger and more dominate than my dogs, I doubt they would chase. They would instead run back to me like they usually do when they are scared
at 25 ft wouldve at least inflicted some nasty pain and that is what they respect and learn from but tethering, controlling and protecting your dog would be your first priority. shooting first would probably get your dog excited and send it into chase mode then youve lost.