I’ve rented a cabin near Grand Rapids, MN for the month of October with the goal of chasing ruffed grouse for as many days as possible. I am planning on hunting Every Thur - Sunday and an additional week right after mid-month. I’ll be driving back to the Twin Cities each Sunday evening and then heading north on either Wed evening or early Thursday morning depending upon the weather.
I got back home from a work trip at about 12:30 am Thursday and hit the snooze a few times in the morning. By the time I wrapped up a few things it was about 10:30 before we hit the road. After checking into the cabin and unloading a few items we hit the woods at about 4. There wasn’t much wind at all and fortunately the rain had stopped as we were ready to hit the woods.
Tina got the call first. At 12 1/2 years old she has plenty of experience but is starting to show the miles. 20 minutes after starting she went on point. Unfortunately I walked past the bird and when it got up I didn’t even get a shot off. We were almost to the turnaround when she locked up again. This time it was a straight away shot and I was able to connect. On the way back we hit an area that is a bit lower than the rest and got 2 woodcock points and I was able to take one.
After a quick snack I let Tasha have her chance. A short way into the trail she took off running hard and bumped a grouse. I had a left to right passing shot but did not connect. I was a bit worried as the blasting through birds was something she did all too frequently on grouse last year. We hit a number of side trails but didn’t move any more birds until we got closer to the start of the trail. She had 2 nice points on woodcock that I again was not able to finish off for her. It was nice to see her hold her points on the woodcock as she had not pointed any last year. On the last stretch before we got back to the truck she locked up hard along the edge of a field. I started to walk up the side and a grouse broke too far out for me to get a good shot.
In 3 hours of hunting we moved 4 grouse and 4 woodcock taking 1 of each.
Friday October 3rd - Read about Friday's Hunt and see the pics