Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
I'm hunting in the NW part of the state I cant say they've been super thick they're was a little pulse of birds that moved down with the bad weather a week or so ago but they didn't stick around long. The ground is so dry the birds are going to move on through quickly.
Any of you guys care to share your observations or opinions on where we are on the woodcock migration in the northern tier of the state, say north of highway 8? Are they through there already or are more to come ya think? I haven’t been out in a couple weeks cuz my dog went lame on me and I had to do a regimen of carprofin pills to get him back to normal. Hoping to go late this week and hoping I didn’t miss out on the little buggers.
Feeling bummed out that I have to return to work tomorrow after a great week grouse hunting up north. This trip I focused on helping a couple of my buddies get their first bird. One did and the other didn’t. the one who did hasn’t stopped talking about it since Friday. We can all relate.
I really enjoyed working with my pup Abigail. This is her second real season on grouse. She pointed and held her birds well and she stayed steady to shot which was awesome. She got injured Thursday morning which required a trip to the vet in Minocqua and rest the remainder of the trip but she is doing great.
Lots of birds around this year. Very nice to see. Had a good number of flushes although not a lot of shooting. However, I managed to shoot the largest grouse I’ve ever seen on Thursday. Great big male that had flushed from behind a brush pile the day before and happened to be right back in the same spot the next day. Huge bird.
Great trip. Decent weather. Hope to eek out a few more days before the holidays hit.
First year grouse hunter here. I've been hunting near our cabin in Vilas county with my english setter Sage most weekends. She's a bit over a year old, and it has been an absolute blast watching her figure everything out. I tried training with pigeon and quail, but she showed very little interest in them. Got her on some wild birds the first weekend of the season, and she went nuts. Her first few times out she would just charge right in and flush the birds well out of range. Now she is figuring it out and has slowed down a bunch. She holds a point so nicely, and has impressed me with her tracking abilities on running birds. Enough about the pup, here's the report from this past weekend. Saturday we had woodcock everywhere, and a half a dozen grouse. Sunday there wasn't a woodcock to be found, but we did find a good number of grouse. Will be back up there this weekend for the last time until gun deer season.
Hunted north of Minocqua yesterday in the heavy snow. It was pretty but not productive. Pup pointed one bird for a long time but it flushed into pines and I had no shot. Flushed 13 this morning and had a shot at one and missed. Abby pointed a group of six. Five flushed one after the other as I moved in to where she was. The sixth flushed out of a tree four feet over my head. Frustrating but I was really happy she held tight when those birds flushed. Headed back out this afternoon. Snow is melting fast and it looks like we timed the leaf drop because they are coming down like a blizzard. Pretty cool.
I have never seen evidence of pot being grown on the public lands I hunt in NW WI. I grew up in KY it was pretty easy to spot besides a cleared out area typically you would see 5 gal buckets, tarps and miracle grow laying around. Pot growers down there always harvested before the first frost, we stayed out of the woods during Sept when folks were either harvesting or protecting their patches.
I was watching that. Looks nasty. Maybe knocks some leaves off. Next week looks really good though.
Interesting point. Not out of the realm of possibility but something haven’t considered. I’ve never found weed in the woods but I’m sure it’s out there.