Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
Duffin. You mentioned getting your feet wet. Are the woods pretty dry right now? Last year it was so warm and dry in October that we found birds concentrated in the low areas near water. I know some portions of the region had significant flooding this year so just wondering if it dried out.
Question for the group.
I learned to hunt grouse with an old 12 gauge Rem 870. Heavy gun. Pump action. But I could knock em dead. Got older and began picking up 20ga O/U and did fine. Like the weight and the swing of the gun. But I’m thinking about bringing the old 12 out this year to get more lead in the air.
Oh darn. You are correct. Had it sent to me by someone who claimed it was a done deal. I jumped the gun. My bad.
I think the rationale is that the sick birds will not make it past November and that those who survive, should be protected to help breeding pairs in the spring. The whole thing is being figured out by people with way more understanding than I have.
I still chuckle at the idea of changing the bag limit from 5 down to three. I don’t think I’ve ever limited out on grouse. Come close but not quite. They could make that limit two and I’d come in below that most days.
Well from what Ive read on WNV some species bounce back and some species dont repopulate too well. Grouse are one species that isnt repopulating at any noticeable speed after WNV affects the population based on what has been seen in the eastern states.
I got to thinking one day how is it that densely populated waterfowl dont get wiped out by WNV. I would think that being very social birds and being attrcted to wetlands where mosquitoes thrive would lead to devestating WNV infections. Supposedly many species especially waterfowl are immune to the disease.
An observation i made this past weekend was there were a lot of crows where i was also saw blue jays. When we got the west nile virus in Chicago I didn't see either, and I lived across from a large forest preserve. There were always alot of both before.