Timber doodles!

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Timber doodles!

Postby Willie T » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:46 am

Last day of woodcock season was Thursday. Cricket and I got to get out a couple more days. The Woodcock are probably my favorite bird to hunt. By profession I am a forester, which put Woodcock right in my wheelhouse. Cricket is 2 now and was not ready to stop. The first picture is a solo hunt, just Cricket and me. In the picture there is a three bird limit, belly up, at the base of the tree, between Cricket and my shotgun. They are hard to see.
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In the next picture, Cricket got to hunt with one of his liter mates Beau, who's owner lives a couple hours drive from me. The two of us had a short time window and agreed to head east and meet up. We explored some new cover and found a few birds. What a fun morning watching the two brothers get after it.
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A few more coming....
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby Willie T » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:29 pm

I snapped a few cell pics of Cricket on point. The pics aren't the quality that some post but maybe enough to get a feel for it. A lot of the birds are pointed in a tangle of brush and briars. It can take some time to locate the pointed dog. Cricket will flush on "hup" when desired. Depending on the day, finding a crease in the cover, then "hupping" the dog to put the bird up can yield 30% or more additional shot opportunities at pointed birds.
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When they flush, they carry the mail and are acrobatic and unpredictable. That and the cover they call home place them among the most challenging to hit game birds I have hunted.
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In this pic Cricket has one out in the open with nothing but the timber to deal with and a rare layup.
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Quail are still open and on our itinerary next!
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby flitecontrol » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:11 pm

For me, the only thing harder to hit than a woodcock in cover is a bobwhite in cover! As a forester, you can appreciate how much TSI upland bird hunters do! :shock:
I've had several really good dogs, but none were perfect. Neither am I, so keep that in mind!
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:48 pm

Good Stuff Willie T! Those woodcock sure do blend in with the forest floor. Envious of you having a month of quail season still ahead. Send us another report.
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby mtlhdr » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:26 pm

Very nice Willie! A flush command would be super helpful hunting CA quail by oneself. The density of your cover is a lot like quail habitat out west.
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:39 pm

Great way to end the woodcock season, thanks for sharing. Forrest
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby Willie T » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:26 pm

flitecontrol wrote:As a forester, you can appreciate how much TSI upland bird hunters do! :shock:

Obvious experience speaking there.

mtlhdr wrote:Very nice Willie! A flush command would be super helpful hunting CA quail by oneself. The density of your cover is a lot like quail habitat out west.

Cricket and I hunt solo often. In heavy cover a dog that will flush on command pays dividends.
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby woodboro » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:09 am

shot thousands of them , still my 2nd best dinner , but duck comes first.

I love them so much , pic's in house , guns for them , and woods hopefully only known for me :lol:

I work for the fed's on their penting program as a volunteer , and also have sent in wings for over 30 years.

I had a woods , that lasted 9 years before it became just to thick,, the flyway was 2 rivers merging into one. (HEAVEN)
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Re: Timber doodles!

Postby Willie T » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:11 pm

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