Apr/21/2010 Filed in: 2010 Training
One of the benefits of an early spring is the ability to get out there and run your dogs prior to the nesting season for grouse and woodcock. Greta, Rudy and I have gotten out a few times to not only work on our games and get some exercise, but also to see just how things may shape up for the coming season. Considering the season that we had in 2009, and the positive reports that came from NH Fish & Game’s Grouse Wing and Tail Survey from last fall, things are trending upward for grouse populations and us bird hunters.
We’ve seen birds each time we’ve gone out, but two evenings ago was something special. At one of our favorite haunts, in a mere two hours we encountered 7 grouse and 1 woodcock, and 6 of the grouse were pointed staunchly. Sometimes it was Greta, sometimes it was Rudy, but most of the time it was by both of them. They look pretty sharp already, which is great to see. Somehow they bumped the woodcock, but I’ll give them a pass on that one - they were incensed with the scent of grouse that day!
More updates will be along soon.