I know this is a deer hunting site, but I put down the bow for a couple days and took the dogs out.
November 2, 2013
I met up with brothers and a few friends at sunrise for the Pheasant opener. My Brittany's were raring to go and it was a pretty good day. We saw several birds, and ended up with 7 Roosters and 4 Woodcocks. The dogs had some good points and retrievals. I've never seen so many woodcocks here before, it must be the warm weather hanging around.
November 3, 2013
Last night my best friend drove down from the suburbs along with another buddy and we headed back out to meet another friend in search of the Ring Neck Pheasant. We ended up with 5 Roosters and 2 Wood Cocks. Again we had some great dog work, which is about my favorite part of bird hunting. I missed more than I should, almost nocked a woodcock down swinging the end of my O/U at it, and had a great time with close friends and family. Doesn't get any better than that.
November 4, 2013
In stand at the campground at 5:45 am, It was a windy SSE morning. There wasn't much action, and quite frankly it was just one of those days where the weather felt completely wrong. I can't really explain it. About 8 I caught glimpse of two does making their way through the timber about 60 yards behind me, and about 8:20 a basket racked 8 point chased a doe through about the same spot. I sat till 9:30 without seeing anything else.
In the afternoon I returned to my ground blind and set out my headless decoy in hopes of drawing a curious deer across the plowed cornfield. I lost the head to the decoy in a flood a few years ago, and haven't ever tried it like this until now, but never saw a deer all night. I don't think it was the headless deer, it just wasn't in the cards.
Live to Hunt, Hunt to Live.