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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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11/8/22 @ 12:13 PM
cantworkgottafish
User since 5/8/10

Graceonpoint I couldn't agree more. 

Last weekend in Marinette county I could hear a ton of them going in one direction on a trail in the distance.  It seemed like a convoy that went on for a crazy long time.  As I hunted my way toward that trail and get near it I heard a some coming back the other way on the trail.  When I got in sight of the trail I saw a bunch go by and after a while I thought jeez how many are there?  So I started counting after quite a few had already passed.  I sh$t you not I counted another 108 all in one pack.  All revving engines, breaking the back tires loose, swerving around and tearing up the trail.

I guess they have an equal right to be there and it's great for the tavern owners.  


11/8/22 @ 10:14 AM
Graceonpoint
User since 10/24/17

Anyone else annoyed by all the ATV/UTV traffic?  I hunt primarily Sawyer and Washburn counties its like being in a Mad Max movie some days, those dang RZRs can absolutely fly.  I'm not sure what the laws are but it appears to be the wild west.  I know gates don't seem to matter or an obvious bird hunter parked at the gate.  People just head on in.  

11/7/22 @ 3:30 PM
Partimer
Partimer
User since 12/3/11

Had a good day Saturday despite some wet and cold weather… ended up with 3 birds

11/2/22 @ 9:01 PM
WWYH
User since 5/24/16

When we hunted a couple weeks ago we found berries in 2 of 5 grouse harvested. A lot of areas we hunted did have those berries however. Not a ton but they were available. Most grouse were seen/heard under some type of spruce trees. 

11/2/22 @ 8:20 PM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
User since 8/24/07

River_chaser:

That might be wintergreen. We found a huge plot of it in a new cover a couple of weeks ago. Grouse love it. I hunted the cover hard and bagged two birds loaded with the red berries. Bright red. 

11/2/22 @ 8:07 PM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12

2 birds this week, big healthy birds too.  Both birds had red berrys in the crop.  Are those called hackberrys?  Plenty of bright red berries growing this year.

What are you guys finding in the crops?

10/30/22 @ 8:05 PM
fishingforcats
fishingforcats
User since 5/24/07

I decided to go deer hunting and hunt with my friends on public land. I found a gentleman hunting my tree. He said he’d be gone by tomorrow morning. So I grabbed my shotgun and went back to where I flushed grouse. I ran into a woodcock minutes from getting out of my truck. It flushed out into the open and I took a shot. I bagged by first woodcock.

10/26/22 @ 7:36 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
User since 8/24/07

WWYH. 

Cool report. I agree on the number of birds seen. We flushed a good number of birds. Better than last year or 2020. Also explored some new cover including an amazing clear cut I have driven past dozens of times the last 15 years or so. I kept driving past thinking nothing would be there. Finally backed the truck in and it was loaded with birds and the cover only got better the farther we went in!  Found another great spot right out our back door that I never knew existed. Locked into the GPS for the next trip. Half the fun of this trip was scouting new cover and putting new guys on birds. And I got a lot of training time with my pup.  I live for this time of year!

10/25/22 @ 7:33 PM
WWYH
User since 5/24/16

Late report from last week in NC and NE counties. 

Hunted hard from the 15th-22nd. We had 4 dogs we could rotate in and out. First few days weather wasn’t great but temperatures were. Bird numbers were outstanding. Flushed a total of 210 birds during the week. Our grouse shooting was terrible. Only got 5. We did end up with a fair number of woodcock for the week. We found the majority of our birds in 10-12 year old cuts. Had a few places where birds were in slightly older cuts. Lots of hunters but we were able to hunt places we felt were not touched a bunch. We put on a ton of miles but it was well worth it. 

Already looking forward to next years week and still have a long weekend in November to chase some pheasants in another state. 

10/24/22 @ 6:24 PM
PSE
PSE
PRO MEMBER User since 11/25/05

woodcock are plentiful around here in central wi. presently

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