I can remember seeing woodcock during doe season back when it was after the two week buck season. I'm convinced that if there are a few spring seeps around a bird or two can survive a winter here, but I've been wrong before.
"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" Paul Simon.
whole pheasant hunting two week before deer season or so my dad kicked a odd bird along a lake in Chester Co. he has shot and flushed his fair of woodcocks and when telling me about there day said something just seemed off about the bird and it just didn't seem the right size or flight pattern for a woodcock to his experience. we are convinced it was a snipe after showing him the pictures and his recollection of cock flight and looks compared to the way the snipe was.