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.