Sunday, November 20, 2011

Salmo salar

Got a chance to scratch the itch and strip streamers for Landlocks the other day. What a fantastic time, perfect weather for November and an incredible back drop to pursue the leaper

My wonderful friend Alex from Argentina, aka "The worlds most interesting man" When in Rome they do as he does. Stay thirsty my friends...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bare November Days

Hunted through some nice cover today. Sadly, the woodcock had moved out but Ruff was still in his usual haunts. Moved a dozen birds in a half days effort, can't complain.

A really nice bottom that was just bursting at the seams with apples, bumper crop this year.

Cedar handled well today, bumped a few birds, still sorting things out with ruff. He's a long way from finished and may never be, he only retrieves cripples but for a two year old dog he puts meat on the table.
Sleepy settter gaurding mornning bag.

My buddy Joe with a fine bird taken over Cedar's point. Smile says it all.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 2 - Mixed Bag

Had a blast with the pup again this morning. We hunted some orchard cover and moved about 10 birds. Cedar was able to set up two of them for me which was excellent, most of the others ran and he took chase and busted them. He's only two and still has lessons to learn from Ruff. He redeemed himself with his first grouse retrieve on a criple that buried himself in a spruce blowdown, one of the coolest experiences I have ever had in the outdoors! The woodcock were down heavy in a nice spring seep, lined with Poplar and Willow. Long live October!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Woodcock Opener

Was able to take advantage of a rainy, damp and foggy woodcock opener today. Cedar and I were fortunate to find my favorite Longbill cover at full capacity, with flight birds this morning. He was electric in the tag alder, handling the big-eyes like a gentleman. He also set up ol ruff perfect for me only to miss him with both barrels, I've shot 7 rounds at that cock bird in the past three seasons, next time I will let him fly, he has earned it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tis the Season!

My northern coverts are near peak foliage and looks like we have an early Christmas present here in the northeast. Our woodcock season has been extended from 30 days to 45 this year. They have added a week on the front end and a week on the back end. Cedar and I could not be happier. We will be trouncing the alder runs and swamp edges this Saturday in joyus pursuit of the might Timberdoodle. Have a safe and productive upland season everyone. Look forward to seeing updates from your journeys into the grouse woods.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Float

It has been a long, brutal winter and today the mercury topped 60 which has been long awaited and very welcomed. Launched the drift boat for a short float on a local tributary to prospect for steel. Crowds were manageable for a balmy Sunday afternoon which made for a relaxing float and we even stung a couple fish. Here's a few shots from the afternoon.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March Madness

Not basketball related. Went for a stomp through a new woodcock cover this afternoon and managed to put up a couple birds. Cedar was running fast and careless as we moved up the spring seep on the side hill, bumping all three birds, one of which he managed to relocate and pin down at the top of the ridge. The cover is real nice and recently gifted to the town and opened to the public. It is only a couple miles from where I grew up and was able to enjoy a bit of nostalgia as the Ford weaved it's way down the narrow roads I used to pedal my bicycle on. The fallow pasture is young, Cedar and I will have many years of gunning flight birds here which makes me grateful. Many of the doodle coverts I hunt are aging out and it was a refreshing to step into this piece today. We had two grouse flush wild in this piece of pole timber which was an added bonus. Hope pup and I will be fortunate enough to see another October...only six more months, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Crunching Numbers

Heres the stats from my 2010 - 11 Ruffed Grouse season. Sad but true.

60 hours afield
82 flushes
2 grouse harvested

Flush rate of 1.4 per hour, down from 1.7 last season.

Mind you that half of the recorded flushes were only heard, never seen and half the birds seen were bumped by the pup who still has a fair amount of chase in him. I'm operating under the guise that 2 for 20 isn't to awful, pretty much par for the course as far as grouse hunting goes in my neck of the woods. Right in line with something I once read in a Spiller book, which softens the blow a little bit.

Cedar's first season involved a good amount of wild bird contact and he learned a few priceless lessons in regard to "ol Ruff.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Late Season Grousing

October is a long way out so I decided to make a last ditch effort to move a bird or two this morning. Traveled south quite a distance from my home, hoping for a more modest amount of snow cover. Although there was much less, it was still unreasonable even with the snowshoes. Zero birds moved today but Cedar didn't seem to mind.

A few shots of the cover