Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It's a Jungle Out There   



Here's Fergus pointing a woodcock on Saturday, the grouse opener.  He didn't get the memo that woodcock season begins the following Saturday.  Although we only hunted a few hours over the weekend in the early morning before it warmed, we did see decent numbers of birds in northcentral Wisconsin.  Jenkins got unhinged by a large covey of eight to ten birds on Sunday.  He's never seen those kinds of numbers all at once.  After the initial flurry, he settled down and did point one juvenile bird that lingered after the first flush, which I shot at and hit through all the green.  I'm always amazed when I get a bird this early in the season since I'm mostly shooting at sound, maybe a fleeting silhouette.  


I expect the leaves will hang on for a few more weeks.  The summer-like weather is back today and the weather man says it will stick around for much of the week.  I'm praying for some cool Canadian air to drop down into Wisconsin and remind us what time of year it is.  

6 comments:

  1. Nice post, it was a good little read. I was wondering if you had any tips for a fellow bird hunting looking to travel to Wisconsin in the next few weeks. My brother and I are looking to do a little grouse and woodcock hunting there, but can't decide on when would be the best time to go. We have heard the best time is when the leaves start to turn colors, but that is kind of hard to tell when your not there. From your picture that is still a few weeks away.

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    1. It's still pretty green out there in the woods, which makes shooting a lot more difficult. This is the warmest early season I can remember for some time, so maybe the leaves will come off later this fall. I think mid to late October offers some of the best hunting conditions in northern Wisconsin, although there are a lot of variables. Predicting the best grouse hunting conditions is next to impossible. Just being out there, however, in whatever conditions is a good thing.

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  3. Thanks, for the info. We were hoping to get a chance at a few woodcock too, but I'm not sure how long they usually stay up there in Wisconsin.

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  4. I think the woodcock season ends on Nov. 2 and typically some are around after the close. Unless it's a brutally cold autumn, there would definitely be woodcock around in mid to late October. Frozen ground pushes them south.

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    1. Yeah, the way it sounds the next few weeks will be about the best timing.

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