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Grouse Myths Die Hard

Grouse Myths Die Hard

Just read this article on hunting ruffies in MN this year. So much of it, while well-intentioned, is wrong. Here goes: > The good news is, counts were up 34 percent this spring in parts of northern Minnesota. Counts remained stable in southern Minnesota. This COULD mean that there’s more easy birds (young ones) early […]

September 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
You a Hunter or a Shooter?

You a Hunter or a Shooter?

Ran across this quote from an article about Iowa’s pheasant count: > “I haven’t even gone pheasant hunting the last couple of years because the birds just weren’t there,” said Tim Wolf, a 61-year-old bank president who lives in Waukee. YES THEY WERE! They most definitely were there. Maybe not like this… > “But I’ve […]

September 10, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Lessons from 2012 Maine-NH Hunt

Lessons from 2012 Maine-NH Hunt

Don’t know if we’ve fully recovered yet from our not-quite-a-week of hunting Maine and New Hampshire for ruffies and woodies. We all actually bailed 2 days early, having put in 5 consecutive days instead of our usual 7. Felt like wimps about it, but hey, we were BEAT…from 5 days of the most brutal hunting […]

November 7, 2012 | By | 9 Replies More
Kansas Investing in Quail

Kansas Investing in Quail

Quail, the most beleaguered of our beloved gamebirds, is getting a helping hand in Kansas. Or rather, a bigger helping hand. The state just announced that it’s “launching a new quail restoration initiative aimed at making a difference in declining bobwhite quail populations at a landscape level.” Here’s more: > Includes the designation of two […]

April 12, 2012 | By | Reply More
Worms and Birds: What Else Don’t We Know?

Worms and Birds: What Else Don’t We Know?

Believe we’ve talked about this at least once, but a recent Wall Street Journal article on the plight of Texas quail got us thinking about it again. Here’s the applicable stuff: …Rolling Hills Quail Research Ranch, a 4,700-acre spread an hour west of Abilene. Last month, researchers there found that the levels of parasitic worms […]

March 21, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
No Grouse Comeback in SW Penn?

No Grouse Comeback in SW Penn?

Sounds like ruffed grouse will never be as much a part of the landscape of southern Pennsylvania as they once will. “Never” sounds ominous. Permanent. But that’s the conclusion of an article by Bob Frye in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Why should you care if you don’t live or hunt in PA? Reasons: > Pennsylvania is […]

March 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Pheasant Stocking Won’t Help Iowa

Pheasant Stocking Won’t Help Iowa

Iowa has had the quintuple whammy when it comes to pheasants. Bad winters, bad springs, bad forecasts, less hunting and less habitat. In an attempt to shift the momentum the other way, the Iowa Legislature is mulling over a bill for a pheasant-stocking in southern Iowa. Problem is, pheasant folks say that won’t work: Improve […]

March 14, 2012 | By | 6 Replies More
FL Snipe Hunting: 1K Flushes/Day?!

FL Snipe Hunting: 1K Flushes/Day?!

Florida’s an odd state for hunting. The turkeys are good, but the deer are small and it seems like much of the state is overrun with alligators and hogs. Upland hunting? There may be a few wild quail (we’re ignorant there, so anyone who knows chime in), definitely some put-and-take pheasants, but that’s it…right? Nope. […]

January 24, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Hunting Dogs Being Killed in Traps

Hunting Dogs Being Killed in Traps

First, this doesn’t seem to be an epidemic, not even a local one. Second, regardless of your feelings about trapping, trappers are good people – if sometimes odd. (This means you Dan! Lol.) But let’s face it: Any beloved hunting dog or non-hunting pet – and they are all beloved – killed by accident is […]

January 16, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Eye Worms Hurting TX Quail?

Eye Worms Hurting TX Quail?

Lone Star Outdoor news recently carried an article on a speech given by Dr. Dale Rollins of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch near Rotan, Texas. Seems that a major threat to quail, at least in the Lone Star state, may be an eyeball worm. News to us! Highlights: > Especially mysterious were the continued […]

January 10, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Will Ethanol Crush SD’s Pheasants?

Will Ethanol Crush SD’s Pheasants?

An article by the awesome Dennis Anderson in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (which again has by far the best bird hunting coverage of any newspaper on planet Earth) paints a picture of a very grim future for South Dakota pheasants – and by extension, pheasant and maybe quail pops in other ag states. The culprit: […]

January 5, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Book: Hunting Gambel’s Quail

Book: Hunting Gambel’s Quail

We want to hunt Gambel’s quail. You know, those quail with the topknot that run around the desert and hop on cacti. Jay in particular wants to do it because he still carries images of his head of when he was out in the country around Phoenix one time, and saw “hundreds” of quail running […]

January 4, 2012 | By | Reply More
PF Rooster Road-Trippers Q&A, Part 2

PF Rooster Road-Trippers Q&A, Part 2

As the title says, here’s the second and final part of our Q&A with the guys who went on Pheasants Forever’s (PF) recent and 2nd annual Rooster Road Trip. Quick review: 5 states in 5 days, all public land, they find birds. Serious. Here we go, some good info. SBH: Which one place you hunted […]

December 8, 2011 | By | Reply More
Q&A With PF’s Rooster Road-Trippers

Q&A With PF’s Rooster Road-Trippers

Hopefully you followed Pheasants Forever’s (PF) recent and 2nd annual Rooster Road Trip. It’s a cool idea, where several of the walk-it-like-they-talk-it PF guys hit the road to hunt pheasants on public land in five different states – in five days. Since the states are pretty dang big west of Ol’ Miss, that’s no small […]

December 7, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Chukar Hunting Vids! We Wanna Go!

Chukar Hunting Vids! We Wanna Go!

Have to admit one reason we bird-hunt is to get our butts kicked – and not just by the birds! Being wiped-out tired after a day of hunting is part of the fun, and that’s one reason we really, really want to go out West after the wily ol’ chukar birds. A little daydreaming about […]

December 2, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
MN Wants Your Grouse Comments

MN Wants Your Grouse Comments

Well how ’bout that? Minnesota just released a draft long-term management plan for ruffies and wants your comments on it. Pretty cool considering Minnesota is one of the top grouse states in the country…meaning they want to keep it that way. Here are some things that stood out for us: Plan/Goals > Among the goals […]

December 1, 2011 | By | Reply More
TX Mulling Quail Reg Changes

TX Mulling Quail Reg Changes

You’d expect that with continued habitat declines plus a severe drought, Texas’ quail wouldn’t be doing so well. No surprise, but that combination of factors is bringing on the double whammy: less hunter opportunity. That’s the double whammy because less opportunity means less hunting, and if that continues it means fewer hunters, thus fewer hunters […]

November 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
Best Bird Film Ever: ‘My Life As a Turkey’

Best Bird Film Ever: ‘My Life As a Turkey’

Did you happen to catch this movie on PBS? If not, you can probably still DVR/TiVo it, or you can watch it below. Definitely do it. Amazing stuff. Jay watched it the other night after his kids told him to, here’s what he said about it: Honestly, it was incredible – meaning whatever I was […]

November 23, 2011 | By | Reply More
Early KS Reports: Not Great But Birds

Early KS Reports: Not Great But Birds

Kansas has endured a Texas-like drought in some parts of the state this year, prompting it to go from being “the other South Dakota” to “where did all the birds go?” in just a year. But judging by early reports, seems like pheasants (and quail) are still there…as long as you can find some habitat. […]

November 21, 2011 | By | Reply More
Competitive Pheasant Hunting?

Competitive Pheasant Hunting?

Competition is all over the place in the outdoors – all fishing (even fly), deer hunting, turkeys, etc. – but not so much in bird-dom. Could that change? We expect most everyone is familiar with local longest tailfeather contests among pheasant hunters. Slap your $5 or $10 or whatever it is down, measure the longest […]

November 11, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More