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If you gentlemen had one week to dedicate to chasing birds this year when would you schedule it? Keeping in mind weather and other hunting seasons. For example, I try and stay out of certain areas with the dog when I know there are alot of bear hunters around. Would you pick that opening week or wait say until mid November?
 

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I agree with the two of you. Things start coming together around November. I am fortunate to be able to hunt two days a week during the early season. My full week will be in November sometime. I hunt very rarely in the after Christmas season.
 

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If your employer allows it, you may even want to consider spreading your vacation across several weeks of the season. It's difficult for one guy and one dog to hunt hard for 6 days in a row.
 

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DAP,
You have a good point. I was thinking along the lines of getting away and heading to camp for a week. But several three day trips would be really ideal I suppose. Ive spent many Friday nights driving to camp for a Saturday hunt and drive back on Sunday. Then again, I can remember driving 7hrs total round trip in one day to do a little bird hunting. Some people might think thats a little foolish I guess.
 

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BlackStump,
This all depends on which kind of birds you are going to hunt and where want to hunt. The location area means a lot.
If you are going to hunt Grouse here in Pa, and want a challenging beautiful hunt, go when the leaves are turning and just about all off the trees, say the 3rd week of October. Usually the Grouse are not quite as spooky and if you get some rain to wet the leaves, and some sun shine behind the rain, Grouse hunting can be both beautiful & incredible at this time of year. Or you can wait till the 1st light snow usually in late November here in Potter/Tioga. Many people do as dap recommends and take many long weekends during Grouse season, especially in Oct and Nov to hunt both Grouse & Woodcock with some Pheasant thrown in also.
Being retired now, I spend the complete season Grouse & Woodcock hunting, with breakes for Thanksgiving and Christmas and of course rifle deer season.
Pine Creek/Dave
 
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