Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
Short season sucks. Or maybe the nonstop deer season sucks. Took my five year old squirrel hunting new year's Eve day. Seen a squirrel. Three Rabbit and seven grouse. Had the 22. Prime numbers the last couple years in my neck of the woods
Saw today on the WI DNR website https://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/?id=672#art that 3 of the first 16 grouse they tested for West Nile tested positive, and showed signs of the disease. I'm not surprised there has definitely been a decline in numbers over the last couple of years. When the cycle should be peaking. The shortened season isnt going to make a hill of beans. If the DNR wanted to get more birds to the breeding season they would make it illegal to road hunt.
Our last hunt of the season was on 30th. Six grouse contacts. Hunting partner shot one over a nice point from his dog. Here is A photo I took just after I realized Ellie was pointing a black bear. He had bedded down in a tag swamp. Good thing my dog is obedient. Gave her a stern whoa and then called her over. This was a first for me.
Probably ironwoods. Leaves like a birch but with scaly bark. Grouse do have some preference to it for food, so I read.
I didnt know this til I researched it last week. Ironwood grows as far south as mexico. I alwasy thought of it as strictly a northern tree. Awesome tree, very hard wood but they dont seem to be highly valued for commercial purposes, maybe cuz it grows so slow.