If you’re jonesing for grouse season like I am, you’ll enjoy this video. Just released by the guys at Project Upland it’s a great look into what makes upland hunting so special–and a great reminder of what’s just a few months away.
Yeah – I know it’s March. But I’m always in an October state of mind. This video will help you get there, too. The first ten minutes feature good dogs, great cover, and, most importantly, BIRDS.
A lot of guys I know love German Shorthair Pointers. Check out this quick video for a good introduction to the breed.
When it comes to bird dogs, different breeds hunt in different ways. This is especially true with Continental and English Pointers.
Last weekend when I was out with Bob I had a chance to see these differences in action. Check out these videos to see what a mean.
This is my English Pointer, Puck. Check out how high she holds her head. She’s also a bit rangier and more dynamic in the field.
This is Bob’s GSP Nelly. She’s an easy-handling, closer ranging bird dog. Check out how she holds her head lower and looks for scent closer to the ground. Her body tends to “rocking horse” a bit.
Well trained dogs are one of those things that make upland hunting special. Once you’ve spent some time in the field with them, you won’t want to go back to hunting without a four-legged friend. Check out the nice dog work in this quick video.
Here’s an interesting video from Willow Creek Kennels that shows a pair of GSPs working with a chocolate Lab. Pretty cool.
The upland hunting season in Maine started on October 1st. But due to the crummy weather, my first day chasing grouse and woodcock was this past Saturday – 10/8. It was hot out all day – above 80 degrees at the peak – and the leaves were still up and very green. It looked like September. Right now fall’s about 2 weeks behind. I hope colder weather is on the way. I want those leaves down.
The hunting was hard. The thick cover and heat teamed up on us to make the shooting tough and the walking even harder. I went out with Master Maine Guide Bob Foshay. I’ve been hunting with Bob for the past 6 years. He’s 79 now and still going strong. We went out with his GSP Nelly and my girl Puck. In all, we moved 10 woodcock and 2 grouse – not bad. I shot two grouse. From here the season should only get better. Now if only those leaves would turn and drop.