If you live to hunt grouse & woodcock (like me), the first two weekends of October are horrible teases. I always high hope for them, but I never have an equal amount of luck. For me, the upland season doesn’t really get started until the last two weeks of the month. And today was the first day of those […]
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Today is the second day of fall – and one day into the best time of the year. Here’s a bit of what I’m looking forward to: Fresh apples, pumpkins, poplar leaves shimmering like gold coins, wool jackets — and of course — bird hunting. Maine & NH’s grouse season opens in October 1, and […]
Posted in ENJOYING BOTH on Apr 10th, 2015
Here’s one of the best grouse-hunting videos I’ve seen. It was produced by the Ruffed Grouse Society. If you care about grouse & woodcock, you should join the Ruffed Grouse Society and help them conserve and create wild-bird habitat.
Lexi and I headed out for our first day in the field last Saturday. Lexi did well, but the birds were scarce. We moved two grouse and zero woodcock (and we hit two of my best woodcock spots). The day started in some classic New England upland coverts – overgrown farmland broken up by plowed […]
Posted in ENJOYING BOTH on Sep 6th, 2013
Up until WW2, much of New England was one big grouse cover – CT, MA, RI & southern ME, NH, VT. As farms were abandoned and the woods reclaimed the fields, upland game birds were everywhere Today, almost all of this cover is gone. Much of it is under sprawl – highways, houses, shopping malls, […]
Posted in ENJOYING BOTH on Sep 1st, 2013
There are 365 days in the year. For me, the best days arrive when the upland hunting season begins, and this year, Friday, October 11, will be my first day in the field. Here’s a bit of what I’m hoping to see.
Puck and I finally found some time to get out and chase some woodcock. The birds have been back in the area for a several weeks now, and finding a few them always marks the start of spring for me — even if it was in the freezing all weekend. Puck is eleven now. We’ve […]
Woodcock crack me up. They’re such odd little birds, so determined in their ways, so accommodating to me and my dog, always easy to find, and always a joy to see. They’ll be back in my coverts in a few weeks and Puck and I will be happy to see them. These videos show a […]
It’s grouse season now in New England. The woodcock are long gone. They’ll be back in March, and as they arrive, Puck and I will in the field to greet them. Until then, we can watch videos like this and think of next season.
Here’s a quick little video that shows Ann Jandernoa of Northwind Enterprises explaining some things to look for when you’re trying to find grouse. Ann is a grouse wizard. Puck and I hunted with her in the fall of ’04 and she really knows her stuff. If you want to learn more about grouse, grouse […]