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    Default Anyone heading out for small game opener?

    Just back in the office after running Max in the fields during the noon hour. He and I are excited to hit the woods this coming weekend.
    Born to hunt. Forced to work.

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    I was up last w/e and had a great 4 days with the pup in the woods and will be up next weekend to try and put it all together. Good luck to you.
    Mike

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    I'll be hunting in the central forest for grouse.

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    Max and I ran into a few grouse on Saturday. With all the rain we've received, the foliage is lush and heavy. He got a good workout in, which was the goal. In early season I hunt older aspen, more open than prime grouse cover and so expect to see fewer birds. I never saw any of the birds we put up. We'll be out again this coming weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Rick View Post
    Max and I ran into a few grouse on Saturday. With all the rain we've received, the foliage is lush and heavy. He got a good workout in, which was the goal. In early season I hunt older aspen, more open than prime grouse cover and so expect to see fewer birds. I never saw any of the birds we put up. We'll be out again this coming weekend.
    How were the ticks and misquitoes? lately i've been getting eatin alive whenever i step outside.

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    I'm headed up N tomorrow afternoon for the weekend. Hopefully the weather holds out and we can get a couple of hunts in. I've waited 3 years for this day to come. Its time to get it on.
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSP TYler View Post
    How were the ticks and misquitoes? lately i've been getting eatin alive whenever i step outside.
    The areas I hunt don't have a lot of ticks. Not so right around Wausau, where I live. Deer ticks are so bad on county lands that I no longer hunt there.

    I didn't see many skeeters on Saturday. It was breezy, though. There are still some pestering in the evenings around the cabin. At home lately I have been leaving the patio door open when grilling.

    Some leaves are beginning to turn, but leaf drop is minimal. I'll hunt early season spots again tomorrow, but will also try some younger cover just to see what it's like.

    Darn, but next weekend a nephew gets married, so I'm on the bench. No playing time for Max and I. He's going to be so mad at me for taking a weekend off during the season.
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    Had a decent weekend, staying with my brother and his wife. The girls hung out at his place while we hunted. Couple grouse and woodcock. Sunday hunted in pouring rain. One grouse, but we sure got soaked. Got back just in time for Packer kickoff.

    Leaves still heavy on the trees. A little color showing. Hopefully by the time I'm out again we'll have some leaf drop.
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    I got into a couple flights and shot two limits of woodcock this past weekend. Had them for dinner last night and so good!

    Leaves are really coming down now and shooting opportunities are a lot better. I think the timber doodles were running on me. It sounds odd, but they do run on occasion, or waddle is more like it. But while you're closing the 20-40 yards to the point, he's waddling off. A lot of the birds also blew out more like a grouse, instead of helicoptering up before leveling off. After shooting my limit in short order I headed to more mature Aspen cover hoping to find grouse. Missed the one I saw.

    This weekend I'll be hitting it again. The following is supposed to be our trip to Iowa, but that may be put off a couple weeks. Reports are that crops are coming off slow, but what's really holding us back is that my buddy's kid works for the Packers and has to travel with the team to Atlanta. Normally he only works home games. What a job, hosting clients in a sky box at the games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Rick View Post
    Had them for dinner last night and so good!
    Those babies can be pretty potent. How did you cook them to make them taste so good?

    Nick
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