The Black Spruce Swamp, Edge Cover for Grouse

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

Ruffed grouse are escape artists. Their survival depends on a short flight to safety for the ground-dwelling bird. The black spruce swamp provides edge cover and an easy escape from predators like you and me. Hunt those edges, and you may get a shot at a wild bird in one of the truly wild places. A Unique ...

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Dogwood, A Ruffed Grouse Favorite

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

Where I find dogwood, I find ruffed grouse. It’s just that simple. Watch for little, hard white berries at chest height. Grouse love ’em. Red Osier Dogwood  (Cornus sericea (stolonifera)) is part of the willow/dogwood shrub swamp transitional zone. According to the MN DNR website: “Red-osier dogwood is a common shrub throughout Minnesota. It is especially abundant ...

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A Snow Tour of the North Shore

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in snowmobiling | No Comments

I have a new favorite ride. It’s called the George’s Gorge trail between Silver Bay and Finland, Minnesota. It takes you from near the shores of Lake Superior up to the top of the Sawtooth Mountain ridge high above the lake. It follows a winding gorge near a stream flowing to the greatest of the ...

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A Season’s End

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

  One last hunt, on the last day of the season. It started with one old dog, and one young, full of promise. It finished with only a young dog, now matured into a seasoned pro. Another fall with spectacular highlights and an occasional downer. No two seasons are quite the same, as 2016 proved. ...

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Goodbye Maggie

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

A bird dog’s life is a window of maybe a dozen years of selfless companionship. Once you are adopted as pack leader, no purer form of devotion to you and the hunt can be found. Mags gave me thirteen glorious Octobers. It should have been more. Legs weak and hearing about gone, her bracemate Levi carried the ...

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