What would you do to save your dog? Last January, my vet discovered a tumor on Puck’s lip. Further examination confirmed my fears: cancer. I also discovered that this cancer had spread to Puck’s lymph nodes. At eleven, Puck isn’t young. But she doesn’t look her age, either. Other than a little more white in […]
Tag Archive 'woodcock'
Posted in ENJOYING BOTH on Feb 12th, 2014
Here’s a real interesting post from over at Fin and Feather. I think our biggest problem is habitat: Finding wild birds, and places to hunt them, is getting harder across the US. As this trend continues, what will become of our sport? Please read this entire post and then let me know what you think. […]
Posted in HUNTING DOGS on Nov 5th, 2013
Bill Ballin used to be the resident trainer at Grouse Ridge Kennels in Oxford, NY. So when it comes to good grouse & woodcock dogs, he knows what he’s talking about. Today, Bill trains and handles dogs at his own operation - High Grass Hill Kennels – and he has these pups available from RU CH. […]
I love maps, and back before the web, I had a Maine Delorme map filled with hunting and fishing spots. I still use one like it today- stained with coffee spills, creased like old hunting boots, and speckled with colored dots I used to mark brook trout pools and bird covers – but I supplement […]
Rain, it’s something Puck hates and it’s what we had today. So instead of hunting, we spent the day traveling, running some errands, and taking care of some business. I hope we can get out tomorrow. It’s supposed to rain in the AM, but then clear up a bit in the afternoon. BTW: Happy Halloween.
Posted in ENJOYING BOTH on Oct 30th, 2013
Another good day in the field . Puck and I headed out just after lunch and spend almost 2 hours checking out a new cover. I spotted the cover yesterday and thought it might be productive. Turns out it was. We moved 3 grouse and 6-7 woodcock. I shot a lot, but only brought down […]
Pick and I made it out yesterday for a couple hours today. The weather was just about perfect for bird hunting: Sunny, temps in the upper 30s after a real hard frost during the night, and just a touch of wind. We hit two spots and found birds in both. In all, around 3 grouse […]
The area of Maine I’m hunting is big country. Outside my door are thousands of acres of ground , and almost all of it is accessible. That’s great. But it does present a problem: Where the heck do you find birds? In such a big area to scout, you can spend days scouting for covers. […]
Puck and I just got back from a couple hours of hunting. We hit a big woodcock spot up the road. I call it the Love/Hate cover – you love the looks of it and hate it when you’re in it. It’s a punishing spot, loaded with nasty tangles, gagging on alders, and loaded with […]
Well, over two weeks of busting my butt at work has worn me out. I meant to get in the field today, but a big opportunity knocked and my ambition answered, so I spent another day at the desk. But now all’s done. So tomorrow we’ll be heading up to bird camp. Sunday hunting is […]