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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-30-2014, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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woodcock, what do they do at night?

I took my Brother in Law out yesterday to do some spot lighting and show him a few areas to try and hunt. He is from Florida, and is in for a week to try his hand at archery hunting. I wanted to drive through a field above my house and check to see if the nice 8 point I had seen had made any more rubs and show him where about to set up on the deer.

The area is mainly field and has 2 dirt road trails going through it. It has a pond at the one end and decently moist ground. The cover is mixed with some pines and crp type grass.

We were making our way on the trail in the Escape and I almost ran over a wood cock. I backed up and there was the old doodler himself doing a dance on the trail. I had Lilly with me so I let her out to go flush the bird, for some quick wood cock scent running. She flushed him and got back in. We went up the road a little bit and another bird was on the trial. This time I got out to see how close I could get to him. If I would have had a net I could have caught him.

My question is this. Do you think that the birds are in this area in the daylight hours? I am not picturing this type of cover to be more of a woodcock area but looks like what you would expect with pheasants. I am thinking of giving it a go with the lab and see what we find. ON the one side of the field is a thicket with Japanese knot weed on the edges, and the other slopes down into a pine bottom with a creek bed.

Do you think the birds are in the field during daylight hours, or tucked back into the cover. The field is an old reclaimed strip mine and the grass is maybe 3
high. I am thinking this guy may have been a flight bird. I have heard woodies peenting in this area as well as the lower section of the field in the spring.

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Re: woodcock, what do they do at night?

This is going back some years but I recall killng a few in higher strip mine cover back in college. I'd give it a go and then hits the edges. Good luck if you give it a try!
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Re: woodcock, what do they do at night?

On Saturday we were rabbit hunting similar cover all day and had 8 woodcock up.
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Re: woodcock, what do they do at night?

Wet soil is all they need to find worms. I've often hunted and found grouse, woodcock and pheasant in common cover.
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Re: woodcock, what do they do at night?

I used to train my dog on my pigeons in a reclaimed mine near my house and my birds would fly home. Every night at the last light the woodcock would come flying into the field from the nearby woods. It was toward the end of summer so I think they were resident birds doing this.
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Re: woodcock, what do they do at night?

They roost in fields at nighttime. During the day they will be in the thick stuff.
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Re: woodcock, what do they do at night?

I distinctly remember Eric saying, back before he had to leave here (and we all know why), that he & his fellow biologists had found that reclaimed strip mines were proving to be very good woodcock habitat.

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