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9/12/03 @ 11:53 AM
User since 8/24/01
Let us know where youre finding the birds, what were the conditions, what type of terrain.

Lets here some good dog stories as well.

Can we attach pictures in this forum now?

10/27/20 @ 2:36 PM
User since 10/3/12

Just now got in from the forest in Iron county.  couple inches easy enough to get around.  Could be all melted by the wkend

10/27/20 @ 12:50 PM
User since 8/24/07


Not sure what Iron county looks like right now.  Last week it snowed every day from Tuesday through Friday.  I'd say there was 5"-6" on the ground when I left Saturday.  It was heavy and wet all week.  I only had shots at a handful of birds.  It was a tough trip. I know its cold up there right now so I don't know if it's melting at all but atleast the sun is out.  Good luck!

10/27/20 @ 10:55 AM
User since 10/24/17

I've hunted that last couple of afternoons in the Bayfield County  there is about 5" in the woods,   Conditions are not ideal, its just enough snow to make it hard to get around, dogs are having to stop and chew snow/ice out of pads every so often.  If I had anything else better to do I would have stayed home.  I have flushed 6 birds in about 4 hrs of hunting bagged 3. 

10/27/20 @ 10:25 AM
User since 5/8/10

Does anyone have some information on snow depth in Iron / Ashland county area.   I'd like to get up this weekend but don't want to drive all the way up if there is a lot of snow on the ground.


10/24/20 @ 12:13 AM
User since 8/24/07

Hunted Iron and Vilas this week. Monday was great. The rest of the week was pretty much a bust thanks to heavy snow, wind and rain. Hunted hard all day Friday and moved three grouse and two woodcock. We managed to bag only one grouse and one woody today. We hit deadfall and conifers expecting more action. Disappointing.  I hate hunting in the snow but had no choice this week. Conditions should improve in the coming days. 

10/21/20 @ 12:19 PM
Outdoor Freak!
User since 9/26/19

From my experience a few inches of snow doesn’t affect habitat locations much.  More snow and cold tends to make them want to seek heavy blow-down type cover.  With heavy snow and cold, I typically find birds in heavy blow-down cover consistently and look for that type of cover exclusively.

10/21/20 @ 11:22 AM
User since 1/15/02

I was up in Oneida Co. last week doing some grouse hunting.  Saw more birds this year than I have in the past 2 years so that was encouraging.  Managed to get a couple.  I am heading up again tomorrow for a few days.  My question is this - I have never hunted them when there has been more than a dusting of snow on the ground.  With the recent snowfall and another inch or two forecast for tomorrow, should I change tactics?  I hunt the trails with no dog.  Will the 4-6 inches of snow push them to other habitat or is that something that happens later on in Winter!

10/18/20 @ 9:38 PM
User since 3/8/12

Was lucky enough to get my one and only grouse hunt in for the year. What a beautiful weekend to be hunting the Ladysmith area. Snow on the tent and damp woods the dog was not happy with the wet condition. Saw some grouse in the usual haunts, nothing like it was twenty years ago. We use to hunt without a dog and had as many flushes in a day as we do now with a dog. Anyway, Thank goodness the wood cock were in the area. Birds were very spotty for us. Saw more wood cock than grouse. Just remember we are the number one predator in the woods. The limit may be five but be a conservationist and self limit yourself to a few meals. (we have not figured out how to raise these birds to restock them(pheasants)) I was lucky enough to bring two grouse and 3 wood cock home and that will be a solid meal for us. As for number of hunters in the woods there were plenty of people hitting the cover. Which always happens the last two weeks of October. Good luck to all, enjoy Gods' greatest gift to the Sportsman. Long live the Grouse.

10/17/20 @ 9:30 PM
User since 3/6/18

The extent of the ammunition shortage is now evident. 

10/12/20 @ 10:55 PM
User since 3/6/18

The numbers aren't at historical peaks, but are much better than I expected. Flushed 27 grouse in 1/2 day hunting and shot a limit. I don't hunt woodcock, but saw quite a few. Birds in prime habitat away from road hunters. I have yet to see a bird along the road.

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