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  1. We hunted 2 different areas on the Finger Lakes National Forest today and put up 1 bird about 50 yards ahead of us. What a beautiful day for a walk in the woods. Gonna try a new area tomorrow that I have been wanting to check out for a couple years now, then back to the area I saw all the tracks in the other day.
  2. Just got back from hunting pheasants on a preserve. We reserved 8 and killed 7. We put the 8th one up but it flew towards the club house and my son did the right thing by not shooting. Hank is a machine. The birds were holding very tight today, so tight he actually caught a hen! I plan on walking my hangover off tomorrow hunting grouse again. Good luck and safe hunting/fishing
  3. Hunted a new area today. We only put 1 up with no shots. Tough conditions again today. Saw a ton of tracks so we will definitely go back when conditions improve. Chasing pheasants tomorrow, then beer and wings for the game
  4. Hank and I hunted yesterday and put up 6 grouse. Conditions were tough, crunchy snow and the snow that fell overnight where I was hunting was on the branches, making shots nearly impossible. I watched Hank look up in the trees that we put birds out of. He is learning all the time. Yesterday started my 6 day break and we plan on hunting every day. Sunday I am taking my son to the pheasant preserve for his 16th birthday. It is a tradition we started when he turned 12 and something we look forward to every year. Good luck and safe hunting/fishing
  5. I have found birds in just about every kind of cover you can imagine. I like to find state land with old clear cuts, so there are strips of old pines with overgrown clear cuts between. I also have been finding them in classic thick cover, the kind it hurts to walk thru due to the thorns and such. Something kinda off the wall I have been doing this year is changing my choke and shot combination. Conventional wisdom, I think, is to hunt grouse with an open choke and small shot, which works better with pointing dogs, if the grouse will stay put. Since I have been hunting with my Lab, I have been using a modified choke and #4 shot, it seems the bigger shot has a better chance of getting thru the branches and I can take a little more time pointing the gun. Only 1 time this year did I wish I had the IC choke in. Learning and trying new things all the time>
  6. What a day. Hank and I put up 11 grouse.today, 6 from the trees and 5 off the ground. I shot at 3 and didn't connect. Today was such a beautiful day in the woods, spectacular weather for late January, unless you're an ice fisherman. I have been finding many spots to bow hunt next year. I have walked close to 10 miles over the last 2 days, only wish I knew how many miles Hank has traveled. Good luck and safe hunting/fishing
  7. Hunted 2 different spots today with 0 flushes. I watched Hank get real birdy only to find were a grouse had roosted during the night. I have seen Fisher tracks in every piece of property hunted so far, just wondering if anyone else is seeing the same thing. Just an awesome time to be in the woods chasing birds! Good luck and safe hunting
  8. Hank and I hunted on Ft Drum last Wednesday and killed 1 grouse after putting 8 up. I only shot at 2 so I was very happy. Yesterday we hunted Morgan Hill state property while my son and a friend went skiing. We put 2 birds up, I shot at both and had no business missing the one, but that's what happens. There seems to be a lot of grouse around this year. Good luck and safe hunting
  9. Killed another grouse today over Hank. We put 8 up all together. I shot at 3 others and should have had at least one more. I have hunted grouse for many years over my Brittanys and this is the first year hunting with my Lab. Hank stays close and has a great nose which has worked out great so far. I am heading up to Fort Drum tomorrow to chase them around, can't wait! Good luck and safe hunting
  10. Killed 2 grouse yesterday over Hank, a small female and a beautiful male. Put up one more bird but had no shots. Not bad for only hunting one hour. Gonna make the trip to Ft. Drum on Tuesday and chase some more grouse. Good luck and safe hunting
  11. Great couple of days for us. Yesterday I took my son and 2 friends hunting after I woke up from working my 3 nights. We, I should say they, killed a mixed bag of blacks, whistlers, redheads and bluebills, with my lab doing some great work. Then today I killed 2 more roosters over my lab Hank only to discover he tore the end of his ear wide open some time throughout the day. Got the bleeding to stop for now. That concludes my pheasant season, we killed over 30 pheasants over Hank this year. Such a pleasure to hunt over a good dog! Good luck and safe hunting!
  12. Last Tuesday and Wednesday while pheasant hunting on the COOP in King Ferry I saw a lot of snows flying. They were coming off Cayuga in big numbers around Long Point. Seemed to be a lot of juvies in the flocks.
  13. 2 roosters yesterday, a drake goldeneye and 2 more roosters today with my lab Hank. First time pheasant hunting with him since the Nebraska trip and I gotta say he learned a lot out there. Hunting over him is a pleasure. Good luck and safe hunting
  14. Last year we shot a 7 man limit of Canvasbacks on Cayuga, all drakes, we shot a Canvasback Redhead hybrid that day and after talking with a friend who is a ECO he said we could count it towards either our Can or Redhead limit. We counted it towards our Redhead limit. A day I will never forget. We gave the bird to a friend who mounts nothing but birds. It is only the second such hybrid I have ever seen. Last week, my brother and his son and daughter shot a banded Can, it was banded in northern Saskatchewan in 2005 as an adult. Very cool.
  15. Great couple of days on the Finger Lakes. Mixed bag including a wood duck, redheads, blue bills, whistlers, buffle heads, mallards and a couple mergansers (the dogs told us to) LOL. JUST MY OPINION, we have been waiting a long time for season dates like this. We have been wanting to hunt the whole month of December for over 30 years and finally get a chance to. The divers started showing up the 24th of October (like always) and have been building in numbers ever since. There seems to be a good amount of mallards this year. Good luck and safe hunting!
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