Hunt #2 of 2013 Grouse Season

Not a lot to report today.  Took a little jaunt to a new spot I’d scouted a little in the preseason with Gus today.  It was as much of a training expedition as a hunt.  Gus really needs to figure how to take it down a notch when appropriate in the field.  The whining, howling, […]

The dogless days….

Late grouse opener this year.   It’s like torment.  I know…It’s only 10 days later, but it’s killing me.  Leaves are turning or turned depending on where you are, the air is getting brisk, and I’m  still hunting squirrels like I was in September.  The one upside to this whole ordeal is that I’ve logged […]

Save your sanity…take a bird dog hunting.

I couldn’t take it any more…unfortunately a late start to the wild bird season this year (October 26th) and a surplus of more necessary things to spend money on left me foaming at the mouth on the couch watching youtube videos of other people’s bird hunting adventures.  On my weekly day off yesterday my wife […]

Another first in the life of a birddog

    We did a little more hunting today.  Months ago I was fortunate to find a generous fellow not too far from me who had taken to raising quail.  He seemed as enthusiastic as I was to hear that his birds were being used in training a legit bird dog, so in return for […]

Personal record…an unbelievable day.

It seems like years since I have done any bird hunting. November is a drag. For us, the rifle season for deer was bittersweet. I did manage to fill the freezer (grumbeling the whole time of course). The one bright spot in the birdless month was the opportunity to watch my bird dog’s reaction upon […]

THE OUTHOUSE COVERT

great journal and well written experiences. Stellar photos to boot.

3rd Wild Birds (3 hunts in 6 days

  The aftermath: One VERY  tired bird dog!   We took another stab today.   After hours of deliberation and pouring over Google earth  photos, I decided against some of my familiar haunts, and opted to try some unproven ground.  I took another shooter with me today.  It was the same friend that hunted quail […]

2nd wild bird hunt

I wish I had some great pictures of all the birds I killed…but I’m still working on photoshoping a few in.  The man that tells you he is good at hitting grouse, is a liar.  No question about it….These things don’t get hit easily.  I firmly believe that 90% or better of the birds killed […]

Wild Birds…The big moment

When this all started it seemed simple enough.   Get dog, train dog, hunt grouse.   That was it right?   Well things are rarely that simple.  Granted  I think the dog probably did not need as much as I myself needed, but regardless, I am 8 months in, the owner of a fine English Setter, bird launchers, […]

Hunt #3 Bragging rights

After proving to myself that I hadn’t been bragging for no reason, I invited another shooter.  Brian is a lifelong hunter (one of the best deer hunters you’ll ever meet) but has always loved grouse hunting.  We try to go a couple of times a year up to this point dogless.  We’ve been excitedly talking […]