Yeah, I got the feeling they have probably moved onto better climes from my local area. We've had hardly any rain in 2 months. I passed through one marsh that is usually a muddy slog, but it was like walking on dry ground. Found a lot of huckleberries though.Woodcock are scarce right now, but I've seen this before in dry years, they'll be back. Each of derby dogs had a Woodcock find. Also moved a grouse while walking a trial course this afternoon.
I was looking thru my camera for mushroom pictures, and you and Ryn make a cameo appearance in the back! Woodcock and chanterelles make for a good PA summer.Had a grouse come out of a hemlock at 830 this morning, that's the tough part working dogs this time of year, grouse don't want to fly down until the dew is gone. Also found a Woodcock in mature timber at the edge of a 3 year old cut
I've got one like that I've been chasing for 2 seasons. He's in a perfect spot for escape. Posts up on a steep mountainside in dense young birch & just sails downhill before the dog ever gets close enough to scent him. Will go check on him again this season but I reckon he'll best us...BIG grouse, females dont grow that large. You know it the few times you see a grouse that big.
I dont think he is a killable bird. Too much pressure and you'll never get close to him. I'll try once in late November and again in December.
I’m already thinking how I can sneak one into the house if/when the next breeding happens…Nice. Once you go Mac you won't go back.
Saw another brood this morning, late hatch.
Had the seasoned dogs out this morning, Woodcock are filtering back into upland covers, we had 3 pointed.