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 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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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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