Let’s get this season going…

 

Best time of year
Best time of year

October’s here — finally. And even though Maine’s state biologists predict a mediocre grouse season and the foliage colors are sure to be muted, I’m looking forward to the fall.

I’ll be hunting the last two weeks of the month for sure, and then any other days & weekends I can fit in.

After a disappointing 2015, I’m shifting away from central Maine. There are birds there, but I’m having a harder time finding them. I also have less free time to look for them, too. And when you have limited time to hunt, one birdless day’s is a big deal — and not something I want to experience again.

Anyway, here are some pics of hunts and memories from seasons past. I hope you enjoy them.

A good day. The gun is a 16g Heym O/U, made in the 1920s...
A good day. The gun is a 16g Heym O/U, made in the 1920s…
Poplars in the AM sun
Poplars in the AM sun
Puck pointing a grouse at the objective
Success! Puck pointing a grouse at the objective.
Pure Puck
Pure Puck
Point! Now what do you do?
Puck, back in her prime

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3 thoughts on “Let’s get this season going…

  1. Here’s to the new season, Gregg! Hope you find some birds up there. You’ll have to post pics and updates of the new pup.
    My new pup, Dalva, is still with the trainer for another month. I got to visit her last week and she’s coming along quite nicely. Of course Ruffs will be a whole different story than the planted chukar and quail she’s been working. But there’s plenty of Ruffs in my neighborhood so she’ll get her fair share of wild bird contacts this November. Even though it’s still early and the woods are still basically impenetrable, I’ve been going out with a friend and his brittanies and we generally average about a dozen or more flushes each outing and taking a bird or two home. Not bad.

  2. Here’s to the new season, Gregg! Hope you find some birds up there. You’ll have to post pics and updates of the new pup.
    My new pup, Dalva, is still with the trainer for another month. I got to visit her last week and she’s coming along quite nicely. Of course Ruffs will be a whole different story than the planted chukar and quail she’s been working. But there’s plenty of Ruffs in my neighborhood so she’ll get her fair share of wild bird contacts this November. Even though it’s still early and the woods are basically impenetrable over here, I’ve been going out with a friend and his brittanies and we generally average about a dozen or more flushes each outing and taking a bird or two home. Not bad. I think she’ll get plenty of wild bird work before the end of the year.

  3. Hey, Joey-

    Thanks for the comment. I hope you’ve been getting into some birds. I wish I had some ruffs near my house.

    We were up in Maine a just at the end of Oct. The birds were scarce. Sky got into some woodcock, and she had her first points. She was holding them well by the end of our trip. I’m hoping to get out again in a few weeks.

    And sorry for the tardy response. My system has been messed up, and it just notified me of all the comments on my blog.

    Good shooting,

    Gregg

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