Re: Woodcock Migration
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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