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9/12/03 @ 10:53 AM
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150class
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?

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TODAY @ 11:13 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER SINCE 8/24/07

clueless:

I like the headline!  Wish I could read the article online but they want me to subscribe to the paper before I can see it.  However, I would agree.  The grouse numbers seem strong this year based on what I saw in the woods.  Lot's of birds grouped up late into the season.  Had one group of nine go up in front of my brother in law a few weeks ago.  We moved a lot more birds this year than last.  Once it cooled off and we had a little rain, the birds held tighter and we had better luck.  

We hunted some new territory that we've been scouting the last few years and the grouse were there!  Nice to have success and get the new dog on wild birds.   

12/2/21 @ 2:54 PM
clueless
USER SINCE 10/24/04

Pretty good article/opinion on our grouse population.

12/1/21 @ 9:27 PM
river_chaser
USER SINCE 10/3/12

Drove up to the federal this morning it was foggy  misty with 3 inches of snow on the ground.  Dog did good but we couldnt stop the birds from flying up out of range.  We put up a dozen birds and I caught a glimpse of only 2 the rest were noisy ghosts. Never took a bead.

I hunted a area I knew but i took a trail I never been on.  Came to a fork and i took left and eventually the trail ended at a thick cedar swamp.  I worked through the swamp wondering whats on the other side if there was another side.  I came out in a clearcut had to be 100 fresh popple cut down just laying on the ground. Cut down by beaver. So now i am walking on a 5 acre beaver pond and the ice creaks under me. No big deal wet feet wont bother me today.  I see the beaver dam is 600 feet long and 5 feet high and I realize I am standing over 5 feet of water. I dont want to be that wet. Time to get off the ice. 

Anyway just 5 weeks of the season left and plenty of birds still out there.

11/13/21 @ 7:26 PM
44/45
MEMBER SINCE 3/9/11

Saw my first grouse this year! Northern Oconto Co. I was sitting in my deer blind and it flew into an apple tree 3' above my head and started dropping leaves while it fed. Go figure!

11/13/21 @ 1:01 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER SINCE 8/24/07

Not really a grouse report. More a word of caution. Brother in law was out yesterday in one of our covers near Mercer. His griff got caught in a trap that was set about five feet off the logging trail. He was able to get her out and she seems fine. It was troubling to see a trap set so close to the trail. Especially in the middle of grouse season in an area where a number of guys run dogs regularly.  I know the woods belong to everyone. Just be careful with your four legged hunting buddies. 

11/9/21 @ 9:04 AM
150class
USER SINCE 8/24/01

Good discussion and reading fellas.

11/9/21 @ 8:48 AM
Graceonpoint
USER SINCE 10/24/17

My setters would probably be considered big running there out of coverdog/grouse field trial stock and can really move and gobble up ground.  I run them with beeper collars, it would be hard to keep them in bell range.  The beepers definitely give me some peace of mind in wolf country, and have never had any issues.

11/9/21 @ 8:45 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER SINCE 8/24/07

Graceonpint:

I agree with you on all points. In the dry and warm days this year, the birds were flushing wild and the dog was flagging more than sticking a hard point. My best day so far came the morning after a little rain and it cooled off. Birds held tighter and I picked up two off of solid points. Abigail is learning to adjust when they start flushing wild. 

SwampBuck:

I use a bell and a Garmin Alpha on my dog. Last season, I only hunted her on grouse a few times because she was ranging too far and her recall was non-existent. First time I let her out of the truck she was almost 400 yards out in a couple of minutes. That was in Chequamegon around the ranger station near Fifield. There is an active pack of wolves over there that picked off some hounds and (I think) a bird dog the last couple of years around Riley Lake. I worked with her a ton in the off season and now she stays within 100 yards and runs around me in circles or figure 8 checking in frequently. I felt much better this season. The bell and GPS really help. 

RiverChaser:

I agree on the bell. In fact, a buddy of mine who guides, and the same guy who gave me my setter, insists on using them for safety. He also believes the sound of the bell holds the birds longer. He knows way more about birds and dogs than I do so I follow his lead. 

11/9/21 @ 7:51 AM
river_chaser
USER SINCE 10/3/12

The bell defintely gives some assurance on dog location and doesnt seem to scare the birds anymore than not having a bell.  My grif turned 5 this year and she calmed down and staying much closer and I havent needed the bell this season.

11/9/21 @ 7:13 AM
Swamp buck
USER SINCE 1/23/09

Birdy, you say your setter hunts big. Are you worried about the wolves with a dog like that? I've hunted Springers for years and they have always worked a good distance for me. I put a bell on him which I really dont like but in wolf country I want to know where he is . Especially on windy days.

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