Category Archives: Trips

Opening Day was Bleak

I hunted 2 hours on Saturday, Pennsylvania’s opening day of grouse and woodcock. I’m surprised I’d even got out at all considering. My wife had a serious strain of flu and had her all but completely shutdown. I was manning … Continue reading

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Pop Breaks the Ice

Yesterday I ran Pop(injay) in his first puppy trial. In short, he was in a field of 8 pups and didn’t place but he did look pretty good though. He handled nice except for one spot (I was warned about) … Continue reading

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The Great North of New England, Day 1

After driving the aged Grouse Wagon northeast for over ten hours it had finally pulled into our home for the next week, a no-frills yet perfectly adequate two bedroom cabin. It was clean and had the essentials; comfy beds, indoor … Continue reading

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Two Saturdays Ago…

This was from March 2nd: Hearing woodcock sighting in the southern portion of the state last week had the dogs and I headed a few miles down the road to our always-find-one¬†woodcock spot.¬†I was feeling the tension of the morning, … Continue reading

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The Season’s Final Hurrah

The season isn’t over yet but mostly likely our adventures up at our camp have come to an end. It ended up being a fairly good way to end the season there even though I got a late start in … Continue reading

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Dogs in the Fog

1/13/2013 The snow is gone in most of Pennsylvania. The wet, heavy layer of snow covering ground paired with the warm air temperature made for some very thick fog here this weekend. We didn’t not leave home until after 9am … Continue reading

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Get Em Next Time

This past weeked (1/5) the Grouse Wagon rumbled up the road a little heavier with some additional firepower as some southern (that is south of I-80) setter cousins came along for a day-long rendezvous. The snow had settled to about … Continue reading

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Extreme Grouse Hunting

Since the snowfall after Christmas had more than a half-foot of powder with a half-inch of crust on top, I was leery to make the 60 miles journey west in the middle of another snow storm that was predicted to … Continue reading

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Quick Update as the Late Season Gets Into Full Swing

I’ve gone after grouse only twice this late season. A nasty flu bug had he riding the couch an entire weekend, it was all I could do just to go out and do the daily dog maintenance for a few … Continue reading

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Bear hunters and beagles in droves, oh my.

Saturday, November 17th in Pennsylvania began a 4-day bear rifle season across the state. No form of baiting is allowed in the state and bear hunters tend to group together (sometimes as many as 30 hunters) and put on drives … Continue reading

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A Date with Ditch Chickens

Last week I had another opportunity to go chase birds after work, something that rarely happens after daylight savings time robs me of that hour of light after work. Since the woodcock bonanza was seemingly over at least until another … Continue reading

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The grouse kicked our butts. . .

at least the birds we did see. Last Saturday at our camp (I’d describe as a 600 acre covert.) we averaged just under 1.5 birds an hour, very dismal compared to the better days of nearly 5 an hour. Clearly … Continue reading

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Blaze on Woodcock

To beat a dead horse to bits, I’ll open again by giving you Blaze’s background and how he ended up with me. Blaze was out of a Pennstar female, sired by Long Gone Boston. To shorten the story, the litter … Continue reading

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Part Three: A Trickle of Woodcock, Some Dumped Pheasant, and a Few Grouse Sprinkled In

This is the final piece of our weekend, the first Saturday in November. I’m getting more hunting in than I can keep up with which is a problem I’m okay with. The following day after Tipper’s good evening on pheasant … Continue reading

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Tipper

If you’ve been here before you’ve probably seen a post or two about Tipper’s hip/limp issue. It’s came and went on and off all summer. Last I posted anything about was that he tested negative for the Lyme SNAP test. … Continue reading

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Part Two: A Trickle of Woodcock, Some Dumped Pheasant, and a Few Grouse Sprinkled In

This past Friday (last Friday in October) I had the afternoon off. Looking back at my notes from last year I saw that I had limited out on pheasant and took two woodcock on the same weekend a year prior … Continue reading

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