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  1. 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>
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. Had a great day today. I took my son and 3 of his friends to the lake and killed 10 mallards, a drake bluebill and a goose. My lab cut his pad on a zebra mussel so we had to pull the plug early. His pads were just healing from our trip to Nebraska. We had a great time, the weather took a turn on us on Tuesday, but we made the most of it. If you have never been to either the central or Mississippi flyway to hunt, you don't know what you're missing. Been out there 9 times now and can't wait to do it again.
  13. 6 months old and killing birds over him is a great sign. I have always put my pups on birds when they were young, there is still a lot of time to work with them. Obedience is huge, having the ability to command your dog to sit, stay, come and heel is crucial. Not trying to sound like I have all the answers because every dog teaches me something new, but if I had to choose between any other hunting and bird hunting, bird hunting would be it. I am taking my son and his friend to Nebraska next week for 6 days of hunting. This will be my 8th trip out west chasing birds and I hope to do it for a long time to come. Don't get discouraged, the dog is still young and the two of you have a lot to learn together!
  14. Awesome! I have owned Britts my whole life until we got a lab a year and half ago and they are great dogs. Don't be afraid to hunt ducks and geese with your dog, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. My Britts were great waterfowl dogs. Good luck and safe hunting!
  15. Great start to my 4 week vacation. Started off with 2 roosters Thursday, ducks on Cayuga Friday and I took my son and 3 of his friends goose hunting today. New birds are showing up daily and that is providing lots of work for my lab. Hunting birds, birds and more birds until next Saturday, then more birds until we leave for Nebraska on the 21st. Good luck to all and safe hunting!
  16. Had a great couple of days. Yesterday I took my Lab Hank off the IR and killed 2 roosters over him. He did great and his eye is back to normal. Today we shot a 4 man limit of ducks which included mallards, blacks, widgeon, gadwalls and a pintail. Saw several other kinds of ducks also. Good luck to everyone chasing geese tomorrow and safe hunting!
  17. Very nice! We didn't end up hunting Oneida today, took the old Brittany pheasant hunting instead and killed 2 more roosters. The lab's eye is looking great, still gonna rest him this week to make sure he's ok for the trip. Safe hunting!
  18. Well the 12 year old Brittany has still got it. Killed 2 roosters this morning. The Lab's eye is looking better every day so hopefully he is on the mend. Gotta work the next 3 days but plan on hunting Oneida on Sunday for the opening weekend of goose and the last day of early duck. Good luck and safe hunting!
  19. Nice mixed bag today on Cayuga. 3 hunters, 11 ducks, Mallards, Blacks, Ringneck, Woody's, Widgeon and a Greenwing. Took my son and his friend out for the youth Pheasant and they killed 3 roosters on Saturday and 3 on Sunday over my Lab. Hunting Pheasants tomorrow with my Brittany because the Lab has an eye infection I want cleared up before our trip to Nebraska in 4 weeks for Pheasants, Quail, Ducks and Geese. I killed another deer with the bow so its all about the birds now. Good luck and safe hunting!
  20. What a great weekend. Had a great hunt yesterday with my son during the youth waterfowl opener and then again this morning with my son and his friend. Also managed to kill a buck last night on some state land. Cant wait for this weekend- youth pheasant and youth rifle for deer. All the training I did with my year and a half old Lab is really paying off, he shows promise to be a great retriever.
  21. Great end to the September season today. Hunted Cayuga Lake 3X, Owasco Lake 2X, Oneida Lake 3X, Oneida River 2X, a flooded muck and a State Land pond during the season and killed geese everywhere. Had 1 good field shoot also. Looking forward now to Youth Waterfowl, Youth Pheasant and the early season openers, including a trip to Nebraska in November. Good luck to all and safe hunting.
  22. fished Braddocks yesterday before the rain began at 930, just a little west, 50 fow, landed 4 kings, lost 1, 1 laker, surface temp was 46, all spoon bite no deeper than 30 down,seasick waddler or similar color, 1 king came on the rigger, 1 on lead core and the other on torpedo weights off the boards
  23. I went west again today, had 41 degree water, 10 to 15 ft. Stayed out of the real muddy stuff and caught 6 Browns, 1 Atlantic and a 7lb Coho, all but the Coho are back in the lake. Rapala Shadow Rap both Halloween and Haymaker, black and silver jointed Rapala, Bay Rats and spoons took the fish. This is the third trip to Fair Haven this year, I have been the only one in the launch all three times and have only seen 2 other boats while fishing. I have been fishing the Big O since 1980 and don't understand the lack of fisherman. The fishing is on fire along the whole South shore, good luck!
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