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Wandering when you guys stop taking the dog out for training on grouse?
 

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Woodcock, I believe nest earlier then grouse so if you have woodcock in your area I would say April 1st. Grouse, I believe start to nest around May 1st. I don't run my dogs from around the middle of April until around the 4th of July.
 

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Good question and answer. I've been having lots of fun trying to find woodcock with the dog and was wondering about this. (Because of all this fun I'm actually well-behind on my plan to start force-fetching my dog- oh well, we'll get there.)

Has anyone heard any drumming yet?
 

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I will put an ear out behind the house. I had drumming there last year.

I want to get the lab out a few more times. once turkey comes in though I will not take here out. Too many idiots where I hunt to be going out with a black dog.
 

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Rober said:
Woodcock, I believe nest earlier then grouse so if you have woodcock in your area I would say April 1st. Grouse, I believe start to nest around May 1st. I don't run my dogs from around the middle of April until around the 4th of July.
You nailed it. Pheasants start around April 15th so I would slide it ahead a couple weeks in a pheasant area.
 

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Lynnappelman said:
Rober said:
Woodcock, I believe nest earlier then grouse so if you have woodcock in your area I would say April 1st. Grouse, I believe start to nest around May 1st. I don't run my dogs from around the middle of April until around the 4th of July.
You nailed it. Pheasants start around April 15th so I would slide it ahead a couple weeks in a pheasant area.

Lynn, will pheasants nest more then one time during the spring? I remember as a young lad walking hay fields with a rope with my dad to mark nests so my grandpap wouldn't mow over them with the sickle bar mower. But I thought it would have been sometime in May when the hay would have been higher.
 

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Most birds will start laying eggs about mid April. This year that may be later. Hens lay an egg every day and it takes 23 days to hatch. So a total of about 5 weeks total time nesting. We have a brood report on the first day of Spring Gobbler season so some birds start even earlier.

If the eggs are destroyed, the hen will re-nest multiple times with each nest getting smaller. Once the eggs hatch, if the poults are destroyed, the hen will not re-nest.
 
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