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Bird Hunting 2011

October 26th, 2011

Bird Hunting 2011

The annual hunt took place at the hunting lodge known as ‘The Hootch’ again this year. This is always a special time for my family as we spend the weekend together hunting the woods for ruffed grouse, woodcock, and the occasional rabbit.  The weather was very good for hunting, as the previous two days blew hard and strong winds and rain which drove down the leaves and the high grasses.  The cool, crisp mornings and the sunny, breezy afternoons are just a joy to experience in the northern part of Michigan.

Our adventures were cut short this year by an injury to ‘Wink’, the rockstar Bird-dog that never seems to give up in the woods.  He sustained some tear from running through the woods through the bushes and under logs.  It was unclear exactly how it happened, but a trip into town to the veterinarian and he had Wink fixed up in no time.  We look forward to the next time we can get Wink out in the woods for more birds.

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Partridge Grocery Store

October 26th, 2011

Partridge Grocery Store

Once in a while you are walking in the woods hunting and you find a good place where small game exists in abundance. Such a place can be described as a ‘grocery store’ for the animals.  This is  a small place in the woods where birds and other animals can come and find something to eat at almost any time.

Ruffed Grouse

The Ruffed Grouse is the preferred upland game bird in the field when hunting.  They are quiet, still, and very fast once on the wing.  They are a challenge to any hunter and almost require a dog to point and hold them for a decent shot.

Gooseberries are a common sight in the fall.  These are a good source of food for Grouse.
Thornapples are a staple in the fall for Grouse. Where there are plenty of these, you can be sure to find Grouse close by.

Wintergreen berries are found all throughout the forest and provide a tasty snack to Grouse and other forest dwelling animals.

This is the ‘supermarket’ in the woods;  a small swail full of all the good things that Grouse like to eat.

Finding food for the animals to eat and survive is a key component to finding game to flush. Where there is food, the game won’t be too far away and finding the game is important to a successful day of hunting.

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