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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

Read on another forum some guys are getting their dogs back in the woods on grouse. I have some great grouse areas right in my back yard. The guys on the other forum are saying that the grouse and wood cock chicks are of flying age as of now.

I was wondering what you all think of this? I was under the assumption that it would be better to wait until the fall to get the dog back out in the grouse woods.

Would it be a bad idea to get my dog back in the woods now? If I do take her back out in the woods, is it bad to hit up the areas I plan to hunt in the fall?

I am of course watching the temperatures most of all as my lab is on the bigger side, and I would not want to risk her overheating or anything like that. What are other things that would make getting you dog out now a bad thing? Again, my idea is to just hold off, but just wanted to get your oppionions on this.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 09:48 PM
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Re: Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

I ran my dogs last week. We got some nice points and all birds flushed. Smaller birds fly just fine through the thickets. I have seen chicks flying since 4th of July. I get nervous about rattlesnakes this time of year.
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Re: Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

While I'm sure almost all woodcock broods and most grouse broods should be flying well by now, I still prefer to hold off running both flushing and "non-steady" pointing dogs until the beginning of August.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 11:41 AM
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Re: Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

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While I'm sure almost all woodcock broods and most grouse broods should be flying well by now, I still prefer to hold off running both flushing and "non-steady" pointing dogs until the beginning of August.
I flushed a brood of grouse last week they were tiny puff balls and only could fly a few yards
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Re: Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

Thanks guys. I think I will hold off until the season, or a bit before. She is an aggressive flusher, and would not want her to injure or kill a chick or something like that.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 07:46 PM
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Re: Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

It used to be you could not run dogs until August 1st. Did that rule change?
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Re: Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

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It used to be you could not run dogs until August 1st. Did that rule change?
Years ago, no closed season for dog training any more.

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Re: Too early to get back in the woods with the dog?

I think there are propagation area rules though.
not dog directed but more to the public in general.

I still see the signs and the dates are updated with fresh ink

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