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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An October Ritual

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

It’s been a thrill, this October prime time in the grouse covers. Those brilliant blue sky days, and bright yellow aspen leaves fluttering to the ground. The explosive flush of a grouse, the twittering tower of a woodcock in flight. These are the days that sustain us and our bird dogs the rest of the ...

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Grouse Hunting Where the Dam Breaks

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

It didn’t look like much from the gate. Just a logging road into a recent clearcut. But looking at an aerial photo, I could see a beaver pond to the left, and a 10 year old aspen cut beyond that. We followed the trail, and got a glimpse of a mud flat where the beaver ...

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A Fall of Woodcock

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

Every bird season is a little different, you may notice with enough of them under your belt. For me, this has been the season of the early season woodcock. I welcome their grand migration down from Canada each fall, usually in mid-October. This year I’m finding thickets lousy with them in the young aspen. But these are some ...

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Mission: Ruffed Grouse Season Opener 2016

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Hunting | No Comments

  It all begins tomorrow, the glorious 3 months of ruffed grouse hunting in Minnesota. It’s what the dogs and I have been waiting for, and training for. We have a front row seat to the amazing drama of seasons changing before our eyes. My dogs know the visceral feel of the hunt, that we ...

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