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Sadly, I've been out of state over the past few weeks so I'm out of touch with what's happening in the PA woods. Are there any timberdoodles still to be found or have they all followed me south?

Just wondering whether to bother chasing them when I get back next week or stick to the uplands.
 

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Saw some in Clinton/Potter counties last week. Haven't hunted for a week so I can't say if any are still around or not.
 

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grousechaser,
The main flight has moved thru northen Potter/Tioga,
some loners still around as you Grouse hunt.
Pine Creek/Dave
 

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I haven't seen a woodcock since the season opened (saw some the week before). I always flush woodcock while hunting near my house, and this year couldn't find one. Not sure why.
 

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Thanks, guys. That pretty much confirms what I figured - unfortunately. Though there aren't any grouse left here in Beaver and Washington Counties (I think the last one was exterminated in the late 00's), I have found a couple of good spots for timberdoodles. Looks like I missed my window of opportunity for this year though.

Sigh.
 

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Put up some doodles a couple weeks ago, but have not seem any since.

Grouse in Beaver? Not in New Brighton i'd guess.
 

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My dog put up a woodcock last weekend on a farm we hunted in Northampton County.
 

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Hunted woodcock last Saturday in one of my best woodcock "holes"...I never moved a bird so I would say they are basically gone from northwestern PA...did run into enough ditch chickens to scratch out a limit though!
 

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I have logged many hours this past month in grouse and woodcock cover and did not witness any flight woodcock.
 

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I have vacation this week. hit a number of my favorite woodcock spots here in SE PA on Monday & Tuesday.
nothing
 

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Yes, a week of sub-freezing temperatures will move the woodcock south. The last one I saw was on October 19.
 

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This is an interesting thread for me as I'm what might be termed a woodcock "nut". Lovely little birds! Our best hunt this year was 13 pointed birds in about an hour. I've read that cold weather doesn't really move birds as much as we might think. They really move if they get a night where there's a nice wind out of the north. They also like clear nights as they use the stars as a navigation aid. Of course they can't remain if the ground gets totally frozen. I do believe they're gone from Pennsylvania though. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to the mid January woodcock season in Maryland more than I am the opening of buck season on Monday. Call me crazy!!
 

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this year was a very poor woodcock season for me here in south east PA. did not move a single bird
 

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My season mirrored the majority of the posters with few birds moved here in southcentral Pa.
 

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Well, it SEEMED like they were all gone but bwire has proven otherwise. Apparently he found one with a thick coat, an iron beak, and a taste for wormcicles.

I also just noticed that he was the VERY FIRST PERSON to respond to this thread saying that the birds were all gone. Clearly, he knows (or at least his dogs know) where the late, late, late season timberdoodles are hiding and he was trying to throw the rest of us off.

The lengths some people will go for a 2-pound bird...
 
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