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Hawaii Bird Smorgasbord: Would You Do It?

Hawaii Bird Smorgasbord: Would You Do It?

Saw this piece on shotgunlife.com a while back about hunting what sounds like a Hawaiian game farm/preserve for birds. None are native, but at least some are wild. Read it and wondered: Would we do it? Meaning, would you go there for that? Check out a few highlights, then you decide:

April 21, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
PA Opens Porkie Season

PA Opens Porkie Season

Starting next year, the bane of bird dogs and foresters will have no place to hide in Pennsylvania: The state Board of Game Commissioners recently voted to establish a season for porcupines. As the Commission reported, “Under the new season, hunters can take porcupines from Sept. 1 through March 31. The daily limit is six and […]

April 14, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Pheasant Hunters Trending Down in SD: Why

Pheasant Hunters Trending Down in SD: Why

Here we go again, another report about the number of bird hunters trending down. But this time it’s in a newspaper in the bird-hunting stronghold of the U.S. – South Dakota – which makes it worth comment. An editorial in The Daily Republic newspaper wonders why the numbers are trending down. For us, the answer […]

April 13, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Wet/Dry Springs and Nesting: Insight

Wet/Dry Springs and Nesting: Insight

If you can hunt pheasants or grouse right outside your door, it’s probably not spring yet. But for the rest of us, spring is either here or sticking its toe in the door. Spring means nesting gamebirds, and we’ve all read over the years how wet or dry springs can affect nesting success. On the […]

March 16, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
WI Woodcock Projects, Favored Habitat

WI Woodcock Projects, Favored Habitat

The Ruffed Grouse Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a few other groups recently announced “at least 10” projects to help improve woodcock habitat in Wisconsin. Any such work is much appreciated by us birdmen since unfortunately woodies are in the same boat as many gamebirds: populations are trending down. “With a steady […]

March 9, 2011 | By | Reply More
Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 3

Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 3

The forecast called for rain on Thursday, the third and final day of our Tennessee hunt. But as of 11:00 Wednesday night there hadn’t been much wind let alone rain. Yet unfortunately, the forecast was enough to discourage the hunter and dog supposed to fund with us day 3. Didn’t matter, we were going hunting.

March 3, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 2

Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 2

We figured we hit a good number of lower areas on day 1 – lower meaning wetter. Still more than 2,000 feet. Day 1 was good, but not great. So on day 2 we decided to get high. Go high.

March 2, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 1

Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 1

We were in Tennessee last week because we couldn’t just let the ruffed grouse season peter out with a whimper. We’re Serious man! Honestly that’s true, though the decision was easier because:

March 1, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Finishing Out the Grouse Season in TN

Finishing Out the Grouse Season in TN

Next week we’ll be in that well-known grouse capital…Tennessee. Yep, the Tennessee season is open through the last week in February, and since we’re unwilling to wait until October to beat ourselves silly again, we’re going to hoof it around the spring-like temps of the Smokies and try to get lucky. With the birds.

February 18, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Go To Next Year’s Pheasant Fest

Go To Next Year’s Pheasant Fest

[Jay was at last weekend’s Pheasant Fest – all Fest posts are by him.] You’re a bird-hunter, right? A Serious one – Serious as you can be. So here’s the bottom line: Do not miss next year’s Pheasant Fest. I’m typing this in the Omaha, NE airport, on my way back to scenic New Jersey […]

January 31, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 3

Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 3

Day 3 dawned gray and cold. No big deal, about the same as day 2. Our clothes were surprisingly dry (not an ounce of moisture in that hotel room), and as we left it started to snow. We were happy about that because a fresh snow meant the ability to track grouse.

January 27, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 2

Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 2

Brendan’s brother Sean, a regular hunting compadre of ours in Maine, joined us for the remainder of the trip. We were psyched to have Sean there. He’s a good shot, sees birds with some kind of Superman X-ray vision, and with three guys we can cover more ground WAY more efficiently – and the covers […]

January 26, 2011 | By | Reply More
Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 1

Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 1

Brendan flew into Newark from North Carolina last Monday morning with a stomach bug and three hours of sleep, but he was up for hunting – of course. He swung by Jay’s house in Jersey, and we high-tailed it out of town to our old stomping grounds in eastern Pennsylvania. Yeah! Though our hunting area […]

January 25, 2011 | By | 1 Reply 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
Longest Feather Contest

Longest Feather Contest

We read recently about two Minnesota Pheasants Forever chapters having a Long Pheasant Feather contest. Entry fee was $40 per two-person team, and prizes were awarded for first, second and third place – of course for the longest tail feather. Love it.

January 18, 2011 | By | Reply More
Hunting PA Next Week!

Hunting PA Next Week!

Next week we’ll be hitting a patch of eastern PA forest we haven’t hunted for a couple years. In many ways it’s where we (or at least Jay, since he started late) cut our grouse-hunting teeth. Lots of grouse, even though we were assured by many knowledgeable folks (including DNR folks) that almost no grouse […]

January 13, 2011 | By | 8 Replies More
Ruffed Grouse in South Carolina?!

Ruffed Grouse in South Carolina?!

We all know ruffies are in many states, but even the most diehard, knowledgeable grouse hunters probably would doubt South Carolina had any. Turns out it does. Of course the big question is how many

January 11, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Why Are Ruffie Hunter Numbers Down?

Why Are Ruffie Hunter Numbers Down?

A while back, before the start of grouse season, we and many others read a column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that asked why the number of ruffed grouse hunters is down. At the time we were too busy running around trying to find birds to address it. But now, even though we should be […]

January 5, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Pesticide Kills 4 Dogs, Sickens 13 Hunters

Pesticide Kills 4 Dogs, Sickens 13 Hunters

Holy cow! Next time you hunt farmland make sure a pesticide wasn’t recently applied (maybe some of you check every time? let us know). Unfortunately, some South Carolina hunters weren’t aware of a recent pesticide application, and four dogs – no breed mentioned – paid the ultimate price. Highlights from this article: > A group […]

January 4, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Tip: Map Books to Find Public Land Pheasants

Tip: Map Books to Find Public Land Pheasants

Even if you followed Pheasants Forever’s recent Rooster Road Trip – in which PF staffers hunted only public land – you may have missed this great follow-up video. In it, PF’s Andrew Vavra talks about the reference books/atlases he and his pheasant-busting compadres used for finding the spots they hunted, and where to obtain said […]

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