Grouse season in Wisconsin opens in exactly one month, September 12th. Woodcock season opens the following Saturday on the 19th. This picture is from mid-September last year, and as you can see most of the leaves are still on the trees. Sometimes the first few weeks of the season feel like jungle hunting, shooting through all that green, sweating and slapping mosquitoes. Several years ago, it hit 80 degrees on opening day, so I ease into the season and hunt the cool of the early mornings. I'm careful since Fergus does not tolerate the heat well. Nor do I, come to think of it.
Even though it's summer yet, the garden still lush, the time has come to get the dogs in the woods for a little fine tuning before the season begins. We're waiting for the first cool morning to come along, one in the upper 30s or low 40s. I also need to get to the range and break a few clay pigeons, maybe the Cable Rod and Gun Club next week. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas to finally arrive.