The Peaceful Season

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

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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Tales From Grouse Camp

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

  Four days off in October grouse camp sounds like heaven for me. Good friends, dogs, food, and traveling the grouse covers of Minnesota in the best time of the year. This year’s camp was soggy wet hunting and few ruffed grouse flushed. But the woodcock populations are just fine and allowed some gunning. Gear, ...

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Earn Every Bird

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

In a word, the early season ruffed grouse and woodcock hunt is wet. Muddy, sloppy, over-the-boot-top and hop-from-hummock-to-hummock kind of wet. As wet as I’ve ever seen a grouse season. I bring two pairs of boots each weekend, as they get soaked and add a pound or two each boot. My boot dryer never got ...

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Are You Ready to Play Ball?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

  The Season’s soon upon us. Are you ready? The bird counts are up, the weather’s cooler, an occasional leaf falls to the ground. September 16 is Day One of the finest season in the world. Hats of many colors Every season i get a new blaze orange hat. It’s the most visible part of ...

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Drumming Counts for a Whopper of a Season

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

Drumming Counts for a Whopper of a Season Wow. Just. Wow. Fifty-seven percent increase in this year’s survey of ruffed grouse populations. What’s behind it, and what can we expect in the woods this fall? A Count Like No Other For decades now, volunteers have been driving routes to record ruffed grouse populations. They stop ...

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