23 June 2013
27/06/13 Filed in: 2013 Training
That is the question that many of us grouse hunting enthusiasts are asking this very rainy summer (so far). Up here in the north country, we have endured nearly six weeks of less than desirable grouse rearing weather - cold and rainy, which is not what we're looking for to have exciting days this fall with our four legged friends.
To say that this spring and early summer have been almost diametrically opposed to last year's hot, dry summer, is an understatement. As those of you that hunted up here last year know, that turned in to a bumper crop of young birds and one of our best falls in twenty years in northern New England. Mother nature is a fickle mistress however, so I hope for some restraint in the havoc she has wreaked on our bird population this spring.
I'll know a little more about how the young grouse weathered these conditions when I start running the dogs in August, and whatever we find, we'll all be out there in October and November regardless ...