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Woodcock Migration

In PA, historically what week have the woodcock been the heaviest? Is it true they like to migrate on a full moon?
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My experience tells me that the Woodcock migration is heaviest when the first or second cold front comes thru around the 3 or 4 week of October. I believe that they are either using the fast moving cold front as assistance in their migration or are just trying to stay ahead of the bad weather and possible frozen conditions. At any rate look for the first real severe cold front in late October and hit the creek bottoms and swamps for old Timberdoodle.

One evening in the middle of October while hunting in Wisconson for Grouse one year, we had a very windy cold front approach around 2pm one evening. At sundown during the last few minutes of sunlight we counted more that 100 woodcock fly accross a swamp bottom in what seemed like an endless flock of woodcock. It was one of the most unbelievable things I have seen while bird hunting.

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My experience tells me that the major migration usually occurs the week before the season starts or the week after it ends...

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My experience tells me that the major migration usually occurs the week before the season starts or the week after it ends...
We have a little trick up our sleeves for them this year though . . . instead of the season ending on the second Saturday in November, it will now match the early grouse season and end on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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My experience tells me that the major migration usually occurs the week before the season starts or the week after it ends...
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My experience tells me that the major migration usually occurs the week before the season starts or the week after it ends...
Yes it would seem Murphy was the original breeder of the woodcock
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Yes it would seem Murphy was the original breeder of the woodcock
How in the heck did Murphy get...... ahhhhhhh, never mind.

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well played Mr F

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Re: Woodcock Migration

When woodcocks migrate through an area, do they stay in there for a couple days (how long) and will more come?..from what people tell me, there is one or two days with heavy birds and it is over....you have to time it just right...Is that true...
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When woodcocks migrate through an area, do they stay in there for a couple days (how long) and will more come?..from what people tell me, there is one or two days with heavy birds and it is over....you have to time it just right...Is that true...
i hit the migration the last week in october last year

as for them staying in the same area, it will depend on the cold fronts. i hunted a covert last year and raised 12 one day, not a single bird the next day. ive also had birds in the same covert for up to 4 days. were they the same birds? i dont know, couldve been a different flight
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