Category Archives: Trips

PA Birds

I’ve finally had the chance to get out in PA over the last couple weeks. One thing I wanted to determine for myself was the reports of low grouse numbers. Unfortunately I tend to concur with them. I wouldn’t say … Continue reading

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What a Bum

I’ve really been slacking here, busy with work, family, dogs. The rush has finally seemed to subside and as so has peenting at half-light with woodcock sure to begin their spring nesting. We’ll shift back to some grouse training action … Continue reading

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One Opportunity, One in the Bag

Yesterday was brisk but clear, with only a predominant, but never unruly breeze for most of the day. I slept in, so did the dogs; the truck tires cracking and popping the ice work on the road into camp just before … Continue reading

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Popinjay Strikes Again, in Tougher Competition

Yesterday the grouse wagon’s engine came to life again at 5:30am. This time pointed straight north shortly after a quick detour to my parents. It seems in all the pomp from last week of Pop taking first, my dad wanted … Continue reading

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Left to Wallow In Mud and Misery . . . Hundreds of Miles Outside of Puppy Classic Judgment

About a week ago Pop was hobbling around on three good legs with one week ago today marking the entry deadline for the Grand National Grouse Puppy Classic. I decided to scratch Pop from the entry and save the fee, … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law (again!)

I had Pop out yesterday. I loaded up Blaze, Annie and him to head out to an area I run dogs at occasionally. Annie and Blaze were run first, and separately. Pop was out of his box last and placed … Continue reading

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Out “West”

The weekend had two trips in store for me both out farther west of me in PA. The weekend started out Friday night by attending Woodcock Limited’s annual dinner, it’s sort of the high-water mark of their woodcock weekend between … Continue reading

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“Quailiens”

Last night Pop, Tipper and I loaded up and headed down the road to a nice open tract of woods, we weren’t expecting to finds bird in it but were anticipating a nice 25-30 minute run to brush up on … Continue reading

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Pups and Boot Slups

I spent much of this past Saturday judging the puppy stake for the West Branch Grouse Trial Club. I did start the day showing up later than I wanted to… to watch the first brace of all-age (AA), which had … Continue reading

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Contact Has Been Made

We really missed most of the woodcock flight last spring, we did time up one evening well, but that was about it. Determined not to miss it this year we began early and didn’t wait for the majority of the … Continue reading

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First “Spring” Run

We’ve heard that a few are a finding returning woodcock, we went out this past weekend and found none. I would venture to guess that in you have access to land in the southern end of the state that slopes … Continue reading

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The Gang Back Together…

It happens once a year, one excursion I don’t take any notes on… I wait to jot it down here  (weeks later) and what I end with is the Cliff Notes version. It had been awhile, since the trip north … Continue reading

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Pop Scored… more of a field goal than a touchdown.

After hunting the day before, the grouse wagon rumbled on up again to camp. And again without Annie however this time the passenger seat was occupied. My dad decided to come along which is the first time in 2 or … Continue reading

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Start of the Late Season

The Friday after Christmas I had the day off and fully intent on hunting grouse for the day. With Annie’s broken tail the other three dogs and I headed off without her, her Easy Loader Kennel bay empty with me … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Bird Seasons Come to a Temporary Halt

Pennsylvania’s deer season began Monday last week, opening day is sort of the high-water mark for hunter activity in the state. Last year was the first year I’ve ever missed going out to hunt on opening day. I sat at … Continue reading

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First Real Dose of Pennsylvania for this Season

I’d planned a road show with the dogs this past Saturday- hunt a local state game lands (SGL) quick with a pup and limit out quick on pheasant, getting out of there before the ‘mob’ showed up. After that, prospect … Continue reading

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