Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
I read the article. It stated that biologists were concerned that the number of mature birds shot last year vastly outnumbered the number of young first year birds which they believe hurt recruitment of breeding pairs this spring. They also said that West Nile likely killed off a good number of the younger birds. The reasoning for the early shutdown was because they believe the virus will kill 80% of the birds that contract it in the early part of the season. They want to preserve the healthy bird population that remains after November so there will be more breeding pairs in the spring. I don’t know, and I don’t know if they do either, if the measure will help but it makes some sense based on what the biologists said. As far as lowering the bag limit goes, I have never limited out on grouse in a single day. Woodcock yes but never got five grouse in a day. They could lower it and it wouldn’t make any difference. Those buggers elude me pretty consistently. Ha ha.
I just read the journal sentinel article on this subject/ Theyre keeping the bag limit at 5 per day. I hate to be critical on this since its a hard decison to make but it looks like theyre not too serious about curtailing hunting mortality while appearing to keep tourism levels elevated.
After deer gun season I get in another 5 days of grousing (weather permitting. In the grouse capital of the world and Ive never seen anyone else out hunting during this time. Nothing more than a feel good measure if theyre intending to conserve kill numbers.
WIDNR has now closed the grouse season effective Nov 30th this year. I for one am bummed about this. I grouse hunt almost exclusively during the late season. Anybody hear the reasons for this shutdown? Why not just lower the bag limits instead? I wonder if the DNR has any idea of the number of birds harvested after Nov?
Here at my place in St Germain got 11.5" of rain. Has made running our bear baits a huge chore. Wife has been doing a lot of it with my guiding/work load. Cut off by down trees, washouts, etc. Busted my exhaust yesterday blasting through a 4ft deep mud hole!! It's just a mess all over up here!!
I seen the DNR report, and some what believe it!!!! So far have not heard a single bird drumming this year!!! In years past can sit having my morning tea on my patio as the sunrises. Hearing grouse drum, and turkeys gobble. Not a thing again this year. Have heard a few woodcock in the evening though!
Not seen a single crow in a long time. Just a handful of ravens. Something more is surely going on out there. My wife has even commented on seeing less turkeys!!
I surely wont sugar coat things as you can tell. Dont matter though. The boys(shorthairs), and I will go out and find birds. Perhaps a few more miles will be involved in doing so. However, the bear dogs taking me to parts unknown. Often shorten those distances!!
I seen on the Rhinelander news that Gile got 8.6". Drummond area In Bayfield county got over 15". Here in Sugar Camp we got over 7" between Fri and Sun evening. Hopefully chicks weren't in low areas. It was at least warm and there is plenty of insects for them to feed on.
True that! We had great drumming reports last year and 2017 turned out to be the slowest season in as long as I can remember. They blamed the wet spring and early summer, west nile. You name it. I’ll hunt anyway. Just might need to put on more miles.