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  1. Try Woodcock Rumaki cut the breats in two. Salt and pepper. Wrap a strip of bacon around each piece with a couple sliced water chestnuts. Spear with a toothpick. Arrange in shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Douse with a liberal amount of soy sauce. Broil for 2-3 minutes until tops are turning brown. Finish off by baking uncovered at 350 for 15 minutes. You can also try smoking them. Yum!
  2. I feel sorry for some of you guys in MN. This past weekend we flushed 150-200 grouse. Shot 15 and 15 woodcock with 5-7 guys hunting. Grouse populations DO fluctuate on a roughly 10 year cycle. Science hasn't explained all of it. They need Aspen in various age classes as others have said here. Large clearuts aren't the best, but clearcutting it the ONLY way to regenerate Aspen. This past weekend we flushed a lot of grouse in older [30-40] year old, very large stands that contained a lot of fir in the understory. Despite the upswing in population some of you may be experiencing poor success because of poor nesting and rearing conditions. A lot of cold rain when the new chicks are running around will result in very sparse population. I also agree with a couple other posters here that those of you who never get off the trail are missing the boat. Grouse will be found along roads and trails where they are getting grit, but we flush a lot of birds way off the trail, too. And sometimes those trails have been pounded by someone before you.
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    Here in Wisconsin we don't have near the wolf population that you have in MN. WI DNR says @ 400? But people question the validity of that number and I suspect it may be double what they will admit to. Many believe it is much higher. An example of why they don't believe DNR, in the area where I do most of my hunting there is an active wolf pack. Between DNR asking us to kill more does [which we've unfortunately done] and the wolf population, there are very few deer left. A wolf pack will hunt and kill in an area until there is nothing left to sustain them, then they will move on. I'm looking forward to the day when this particular pack moves on so that our deer population can recover. Wolves today also have no fear of man and that will end up being a real tragedy when they finally do kill a person, instead of his bear hound or livestock. Near Clam Lake elk were reintroduced a few years ago. The population grew steadily until the last several years. DNR will admit to a few being killed by wolves, but again, it isn't PC to admit that the liberal bunny huggers favorite wilderness symbol is the culprit. A lot of people in WI northwoods are fed up with finding the remants of deer killed by wolves. Many are now employing the Three S's, shoot, shovel and shut up. Wouldn't it be better to have a managed program instead of the Three S's?
  4. A friend told me of this posting and even though I'm from Wisconsin, I wanted to hear of the wolf tales. Where I hunt in northern WI, the wolf population has grown. Between the wolves and human hunters, we've dropped the deer population considerably. Our DNR has set goals for dropping the deer herd and it's worked. This past weekend was our opener. Out of 9 guys hunting in a 2 section area, we saw 5 deer. Finding wolf kills is common now. You find an area with the ground all disturbed and only find a chunk of hide and maybe a piece of pelvic bone. The rest is gone. More and more guys are taking the approach of the old timer who fired the warning shot and the other two ran away. The next one on our horizon is the big cat. A lot of people are seeing Mt. lions in northeastern WI and the UP. Legitimate sightings by people not prone to exageration. Our National Forest timber programs are all about shut down now due to court chalenges from the enviro-wackos and all they need is a "spotted Owl" to make things really get sticky. I'm afraid the cat will be the one to do it. Our other problem is that the forests are becoming more mature, meaning there is little understory to provide feed and cover, therefore having less ability to carry a larger deer herd. This is the worst on State and Federal lands, but there are also too many private landowners who do not want to cut any timber. That mature timber needs to be at least thinned to allow for more regeneration to feed and hide wildlife.
  5. I agree with Captain Musky that I would never hunt again without the beeper collar. I hunt mostly grouse and woodcock, but also hunt pheasants. I often can't see the dog 10 yards away in the grouse cover and for one thing the dog knows it's time to go to work when that collar comes out. I originally thought the sounds would spook birds, but don't think it bothers them. My old collar I even think the tweety birds would chirp back in response. The pheasants will know you are there anyhow. Ever see birds flushing out of cover a quarter mile away before you ever even enter the cover? With a young dog, too, the dog learns that the steady point tone is a calming thing that he learns is good when he holds staunch.
  6. Sparetime, The fishingminnesota host does not allow the posting of commercial businesses and so my last posting was edited and HSOforum information removed. You can email me direct at [email protected] and I will forward information on two friends of mine who raise setters. One is i Mellen, Wis. and the other is the kennel I got my last pup from
  7. The main thing you need to determine, no matter what breed, is the style of hunting you like to do. A lot of the guys replying to you hhve big running dogs, possibly from the Lewellynn type and with field trial backgrounds. My setter comes from Decoverly Kennels in Pennsylvania. These folks raise foot shooting setters like your grandpa may have hunted over. He's a blue belton, weighs 70 lbs, stands tall and is a handsome devil. He works close, out to 40-50 yards, handles to the whistle well and responds to my hand signals to cover ground he's not hit. He has a lot of style the way he moves through the woods. A lot of guys don't like the bigger dogs, but he has plenty of athleticism. I hunt grouse and woodcock, with an annual trip to South Dakota for pheasants. These dogs do well on all of these. The kennel owner just returned home from a trip to North Dakota where he hunted sharptails and pheasants. The Lewellynn setters are smaller [35-45 lbs] and a lot of them run like raped apes. No offense to those who own these dogs, but I prefer the dog hunting for me instead of me hunting for the dog. My guy is a house dog, but my last two were outside. They make fine house and family pets. Not like my brothers Lewellynn that never stopped pacing in the house and drove everyone nuts! Another friend of mine has a young Lewellynn that is not as big running as many I've seen, but has a 100 yard range. He's having a tough time in the grouse/woodcock woods keeping track of it in that thick cover. It will be a fine bird dog, but again, I prefer a dog that works closer. Look up ( no links sorry) for a friend of mine in Mellen, Wis that has several nice dogs, including a new pup he recently brought home from Decoverly. Also check out decoverlykennels. Both sites have good pictures. Whatever you do, I love the setters I've had since I was a kid and my present dog maybe even more. Being raise hunting with them, I don't think I could ever consider another breed. Good luck with you search.
  8. My dog is now full of scars from pulling ticks after forgetting to apply the Bio-spot before hunting an area notoriously fowled with deer ticks. Adding insult to the ticks I had to pull off the dog, we also ran birdless. Your dog will be fine. No need for a vet visit. I recently pulled an imbedded tick from my shoulder and while the area itches like a mosquito bite, I'm not worried about me, either. Not until I see a bad rash, at least.
  9. My last Setter, Molly, was a Ryman/Old Hemlock. I probably shot 600-700 birds over that dog. We lost her 1-1/2 years ago at age 14. I have a picture on my desk taken after one of our last hunts. In her first season, she was bumping a lot of birds, but holding her share and I was killing a few. I took one of my brothers with me one Saturday in October. That darned dog must have flushed at least a dozen each grouse and woodcock that morning. Finally coming to the end of the last cover we were to hunt, she locked tight, I walked in and flushed a woodcock, which fell with one shot. We ate some lunch, with our wives expecting us back home. But being dissapointed at the mornings hunt I convinced my brother to try one more area. We now call that stand Woodcock Hill. One of the biggest migration flights of timber doodles I've ever seen had settled in that stand of young aspen. Molly performed like a champ and mopped them up. We shot our limit, almost running out of shells and losing sense of direction due to the cloudy day. She did not bump one bird. After that day it all seemed to click and I had on hell of a bird dog. In February of 2003 my wife, daughters and I went to that spot and spread her ashes. Now I have another setter that came to me from Decoverly Kennels in Pennsylavaina. He's 1-1/2 years and is starting to catch on. Sunday he held point on three woodcock, two of which went into the bag and I missed the third. He also busted 4 others and a grouse. So he's making plenty of mistakes, but also doing his job right on occassion. On Wednesday I took some time from work and went out. He held staunch point on all three bird contacts and I shot my first limit of 3 woodcock over him. He and I are both excited. I can see him catching on to the realization that he's bird dog and not just a big oaf! While I'm having fun with the new pup, it's also a little bittersweet to hunt some of those same places where I shot so many birds over Molly. Take care and good hunting to you.
  10. I have Setters, so hav never owned either of these shorthaired dogs. But I've hunted over a number of each. The Visla can be a wild, big running dog, too. I hunted with a pair that were the worst, high strung, boneheaded mutts I've ever had the displeasure to hunt with. Then another acquaintance had a female that was a true gem. Close working, mannered and did a nice job in the woods. Do research before buying any pup and if you want a gentleman's foot hunting dog, run, not walk away from those field trial lines.
  11. Try using Bio-Spot. It's cheaper than the Frontline and I think it works better. It's not waterproof, though, so you need to apply it after bathing the dog, or after a few weeks of hunting. It repells ticks, not just kill them once they bite. My area in Northcentral Wisconsin is terrible with the deer ticks, so I have plenty of experience with a long haired dog and ticks.
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