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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
ME Roundup, How We Found ‘Em (2)

ME Roundup, How We Found ‘Em (2)

Day 8, the last day of our 2011 Rangeley, ME-area (plus a day in NH) grouse hunt, started with a bang. We hunted a new area, and ended up flushing 15 grouse and 2 woodcock with two grouse down. We were fired up and wondered if we’d exceed our record for the week of 26 […]

October 27, 2011 | By | 7 Replies More
ME Hunt Roundup, How We Found ‘Em

ME Hunt Roundup, How We Found ‘Em

Before our Maine hunt we wondered whether 8 days in a row of grousin’ was too much. Would we physically hold up? Would the weather (and whether we got into birds) make the time go fast or make it feel like a slog? Didn’t have a clue, but we were thinking about it so we […]

October 26, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Days 6-7, ME: Decent Numbers, But…

Days 6-7, ME: Decent Numbers, But…

Where’s the next good cover? We don’t know, but we’re going to find it. Sometimes that’s our problem when we’re after birds. We’re always in search of the undiscovered honey hole or clue to finding more birds. It’s a problem and a benefit at times. Day 6 of our Maine grouse hunt was more on […]

October 24, 2011 | By | Reply More
Day 5, ME: Our Best Day Yet

Day 5, ME: Our Best Day Yet

After day 4 of our Maine Grousin’ Adventure we’d seen enough woodcock. They’re fun and all, and can save a slow day, but we didn’t come to Maine for woodies. We wanted to see some grouse. Preferably a lot of grouse. So that was the focus for day 5. Once again we headed up north, […]

October 21, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Day 4, ME: All Woodies, Shooting Blanks

Day 4, ME: All Woodies, Shooting Blanks

Preseason scouting with Google Earth is a lot of fun. But it also can be too much fun when you end up with lots of spots to check out, not all of which are as easy to get to as they appear on Google Earth, maps or even a GPS. That’s why after a couple […]

October 20, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Day 3, ME: All Grouse, None Down

Day 3, ME: All Grouse, None Down

Monday meant we were back hunting in Maine, but this time in a totally different place. Our general m.o. is to check out a bunch of new territory, find productive areas, try to find other places like that on Google Earth and by driving around, etc. until we have spots we can milk-run at the […]

October 19, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Day 2, NH: All About the Habitat

Day 2, NH: All About the Habitat

Since Maine is one of those few, stubborn states that don’t allow hunting on Sundays – apparently the folks in Augusta still drive Model Ts – we headed to New Hampshire…on Sunday. The bad thing was we we’ve never hunted New Hampshire before – which was also the good thing. We’re always up for new […]

October 18, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Maine Day 1: Altitude Adjustment

Maine Day 1: Altitude Adjustment

How do you find a chicken (or two) in a million-plus acres of wilderness – without a dog?  A little Google Earth, a lot of walking and some grey matter. We’ve never been to the Rangeley, Maine area before, and were/are (we’re still here) psyched to go. Brendan did a ton of Google Earth, map […]

October 17, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
8 Days in Maine: Are We Insane?

8 Days in Maine: Are We Insane?

Today we’re finally off to chase some chickens, of the wood/furry variety: ruffed grousin’ in Maine. And yep, we’re going for 8 solid days. Eight! This is after we (Brendan and Jay) swore that we wouldn’t hunt more than 4 days at a stretch after last year’s week-long Maine marathon followed by a week-long Minnesota […]

October 14, 2011 | By | Reply More
2011 Compiled Ruffed Grouse Forecast

2011 Compiled Ruffed Grouse Forecast

Last year we did this and it was a super-popular post, so here it is again. This is a compilation of info from newspaper reports, info from Paul Fuller/Bird Dogs Afield, the Ruffed Grouse Society’s (RGS) forecast and the forecast in the autumn issue of The Upland Almanac – plus a little anecdotal info we’ve […]

September 23, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Maine Not Looking Great But…

Maine Not Looking Great But…

…We’re Going Anyway! Maine is one of many states that doesn’t publish an upland bird forecast – which we used to think was slacking but now think might be a good idea (more on that later in the week). So every year at least one member of the press chases down the upland bird biologist […]

September 12, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
New England Grouse Looking…Okay?

New England Grouse Looking…Okay?

But Bad Stuff Stirring in MA New England and ruffies (aka, wood or furry chickens) go together like deep-fried hotdogs and Mountain Dew. Okay, maybe not the right analogy but you get the drift. Here’s some info about the best New England grouse state – Maine! – as well as some not-so-good rumblings about an […]

July 22, 2011 | By | Reply More
Virginia Trying to Allow Sunday Hunts

Virginia Trying to Allow Sunday Hunts

Virginia is one of several states that still has a ban on Sunday hunting, but the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries did its part to try and change that. At its June meeting, the board passed a resolution supporting Sunday hunting – which appears to be all they can do: The ban on […]

June 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
Rabbits, Cutting Trees and Birds

Rabbits, Cutting Trees and Birds

We’re still amazed – literally – that the New England cottontail rabbit is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The cottontail freakin’ rabbit! Okay, not the similar eastern cottontail, but still. And what’s the issue? Apparently people – including people we all know – think it’s “cruel” or “ugly” to cut trees. […]

April 29, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Groups Trying to Open Sunday Hunting

Groups Trying to Open Sunday Hunting

[Our PA hunt reports will be up next week – can’t find the camera cable….] Every year we have to plan our Maine hunts around Sundays because, as many of you know, hunting is prohibited on Sundays there – and in five other East Coast states, with five more states having some other Sunday hunting […]

January 21, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
How to/Where to Walk Up Woodcock

How to/Where to Walk Up Woodcock

A SeriousBirdHunting.com reader named Chris emailed us after our Maine hunt reports were published with a question about woodcock: “How do you guys get the woodcock to flush by walking them up? I’ve never walked one up, actually did not think much of it without the use of a dog. Would be interested to know […]

November 23, 2010 | By | Reply More
Maine Hunt Roundup: What We Learned

Maine Hunt Roundup: What We Learned

Off to MN! Here’s a partial list of what we learned hunting the opening week of the Maine grouse season – partial because we’re sure we’re forgetting something.

October 22, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
SBH Hunt Report: Maine Grouse, Day 6

SBH Hunt Report: Maine Grouse, Day 6

Our last day hunting Maine this year, and the weather forecast was for a sunny, cool day. Great…except for the 16 mph winds. And for once, the weatherman was right.

October 19, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
SBH Hunt Report: Maine Grouse, Day 5

SBH Hunt Report: Maine Grouse, Day 5

This is embarrassing to admit, but hey, we were frustrated and wanted to SEE SOME GROUSE ALREADY:

October 15, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More