Chasing woodcock with my girl…

Puck Pointing a Spring Woodcock
Pointing a Spring Woodcock

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 spent ten hunting seasons together. It amazes me how well she did today. Her passion for the chase, and her drive in the field, are still thrilling to watch.

Chasing Spring Woodcock
Chasing Spring Woodcock
Chasing Spring Woodcock
Chasing Spring Woodcock
Chasing Spring Woodcock
Chasing Spring Woodcock
Chasing Spring Woodcock
Chasing Spring Woodcock

They’re almost here…Woodcock to return soon….

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 couple of males “peenting” out their mating call.

Go here to learn more about woodcock and listen to some audio of them.

Fight for the woodcock’s future…

Habitat loss and declining bird numbers — it’s a sad story that’s being played out across North America. It’s also a story that involves woodcock. Eahc year, as forests mature and housing developments expands, these birds loose more of their home turf. The Woodcock Task Force is fighting to stop this.

 

Fight for the American Woodcock!
Fight for the American Woodcock!

Read more about their efforts here and find out what you can do to help. When you’re done, check out the video below for some great footage of woodcock and woodcock hunting in South Carolina.

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