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Maker Projects for the Off-Season

Maker Projects for the Off-Season

Celebrating a Fine Bird Dog I’ve come up with a couple projects to keep the spirits up during the long, cold, winter. Simple workshop tasks easy to do to keep the grouse hunter occupied at home. The first is a custom sign. To celebrate the life of a bird dog gone by, I made this ...

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Saying Goodbye to Another Season

Saying Goodbye to Another Season

Time to hang it up, another ruffed grouse closed in Minnesota. It’s been glorious, satisfying, maddening, frustrating all wrapped up into one. It left me wanting more, as it does every year. One for the Books It started with great promise of high bird numbers, but reality proved to be just an average year. As ...

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The Peaceful Season

The Peaceful Season

Late season grouse hunting is different. No more jockeying on the drive up with the big rigs trailering ATV’s. No more seeing a truck at every forest road parking spot. No more blaze orange army deer hunting in the Northwoods. It’s just quiet, that snow-muffled silence. All I hear are my boots crunching in the ...

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Testimonials

  • Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac

    “There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting… There are two times to hunt in Adams: ordinary times, and when the tamaracks are smoky gold. This is written for those luckless ones who have never stood, gun empty and mouth agape, to watch the golden needles come sifting down, while the feathery rocket that knocked them off sails unscathed into the pines.”

    Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac
  • Tom F. Waters: Timberdoodle Tales, Adventures of a Minnesota Woodcock Hunter

    “The very word October, to most of us inhabiting these northern climes, is evocative of the bracing glories of autumn-colored coverts under the intense blue of northern skies. Shimmering golden coins on aspen branches all too soon drop their mintage to the forest floor; liquid amber tumbles in the cascades of a northern trout stream. These are the Octobers that woodcock hunters remember.”

    Tom F. Waters: Timberdoodle Tales, Adventures of a Minnesota Woodcock Hunter
  • Gordon MacQuarrie: The Gordon MacQuarrie Sporting Treasury

    “He is the original brown bomber. He is the fan-tailed drummer who gets on a down log and beats his short wings in a kettle drum roll. He is the shawl-necked grouse, legs feathered like fur chaps. He is born and mates and lives and dies usually within an area a mile square. He is the gourmet’s delight and the gunner’s Nemesis. He is as American as pumpkin pie and hickory smoked bacon.”

    Gordon MacQuarrie: The Gordon MacQuarrie Sporting Treasury


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