Thursday, September 22, 2016

Woodcock Opener Saturday

I'm debating where to hunt this Saturday, the woodcock opener here in Wisconsin.  For the past week, I've been trying to avoid woodcock and hunt grouse, and I hunted several coverts where I typically run into few, if any, woodcock.  But apparently this isn't a typical year.  Tuesday, Fergus pointed ten woodcock in a section of county forest where I usually see just grouse.  My theory is that our wet summer and wet early fall have moved them to higher ground.  I imagine we'll go out Saturday and put up just grouse, and if that's the case, I won't complain.  

Saturday, September 23rd, is also National Hunting and Fishing Day, and I can't think of a much better way of celebrating it than a woodcock hunt.  I'm sure Fergus and Jenkins agree.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bird Practice

With the grouse season opening next weekend, I figured we needed a little tuning up, but the temps and humidity have been nasty around here for most of August.  This morning, though, the temperatures dropped into the mid-40s, so we headed out to the county forest.

Fergus pointed a woodcock about 50 yards into the cover, and Jenkins backed.  I stood and watched the tableau for a half a minute or so.  A good point is better than a strong cup of black coffee for stirring me up.  I had a great look at it when I flushed it, which always happens in the pre-season. The dogs were birdy halfway through the covert, and a grouse busted out of a tree about ten feet up. That really jacked us all up, like a double espresso.  Overall, it was pretty quiet, though, as I expected more woodcock.       

Can't wait for next weekend.  Now, I need another coffee.