Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
Couple little scouting walks today while working in the woods. No dogs, and just blasting through a few spots. 4 quick in out 1-2 mile hikes. 6 birds bumped on the day. All off the road/path. All in the same type of cover. Balsam patches among the the popple slashings. More wintering areas than anything else. Heavy pine cover with food sources in, and nearby.
Still this may sound good, but is vastly different. Same areas last year would have at minimum double the numbers. Sweet spots little further between each other. Vary day to day.
I will be in the woods every day. The boys will join me at least 4 days yet this week. Birds may be harder to find this year. When your boots are made for walking it helps just a little.
Sorry have not posted in awhile. Not even sure how many times been out since last posting. Its all sort of blending together. Maybe hunting in all this wet weather has something to do with it. Yes, hunted both snowy saturday's!
Overall been much the same as everyone overall. Averaging 4-6 birds a day. Mostly grouse but still a few doodles around. Yesterday one of the guys before the hunt says, " dont look like it will be a good grouse day." Well it turned out to be one of the best all year. Put up 11 grouse, and 2 doodles. In about 5 hrs of hunting.
Hawkeye, I have to respectfully disagree with Tuddy. I live in St Germain, guide, and am all over the area woods. Yes, there are some areas that are hunted hard. Mostly road hunters, so they are missing much of what is out there. Yesterday every bird we put up could not be road hunted. One area could not be driven, and the other. Well hunted hard is an understatement. However few leave the road, or trail if walking. That area the birds were well off the trail in the bush. This year it seems most of the birds are closer to the trails though. But still far enough off to avoid the road hunters, and dogless folks. Being from 20-75yds in on average. Our GSP's and the ones have had the pleasure to hunt with. Are getting the job done, but have to work hard as well. Just a matter of putting some miles on the boots.
JKB, although am pretty sure of the black berries in your crop picture. Seen that buckthorn also has a black berry. Makes me wonder a bit if that could be them as well? Not even sure grouse would eat buckthorn?
The crops we have examined have mostly had strawberry, wintergreen, and catkins in them.
With the weather it's no wonder most of the birds we have found. Have been under or near balsams adjacent to, or in popple thickets.
Taking the day off this rainy Sunday, but starting to get an itch. Maybe will scout some other areas. Either way will be out at least 4 times this week with friends and clients. Will try to post anything exciting we find.