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Postby CATCHDAWG » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:05 pm

My place is covered with them right now. Just like it always is right after season closes... :( Wish they would migrate a little sooner!
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Re: Woodcock

Postby 7mm08 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:58 pm

Timberdoodles!
Mooneyes

Great to hunt!
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Re: Woodcock

Postby TheLBLman » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:57 pm

I wish the woodcock season simply coincided with the regular bird season.

Some are nesting in TN.
Quite a site to see the young ones do their dance.
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Re: Woodcock

Postby CATCHDAWG » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:09 pm

7mm08 wrote:Timberdoodles!
Mooneyes

Great to hunt!

Great to eat too!
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Re: Woodcock

Postby 7mm08 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:14 pm

CATCHDAWG wrote:
7mm08 wrote:Timberdoodles!
Mooneyes

Great to hunt!

Great to eat too!



Quote my old hunting buddy in Maine “ they taste like a galdern werm “ ha! You must have a better recipe than Larry. I love the way they hold for dogs.
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Re: Woodcock

Postby GUNNERX2 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:03 am

I use to hunt them regularly back in the 70s. Had several places where they would show up like clockwork, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving. I was very lucky to have a really decent dog that like to hunt them, retrieving them not so much. The hunting was so good, I had a Citori 20 ga bored out to cyc/imp cyc just to hunt them and quail as well. TWRA (TN Game Commission then) had no idea how many people were hunting them and required a permit (free) to get an idea on the number of hunters. Mine was #7, don't recall how many in total were issued. For about six weeks after Thanksgiving they were around and I would be somewhat disappointed if I didn't limit out in a couple hours of hunting (limit then was 5). The latest I have found them was mid-Feb when the ground was frozen as hard as could be. How in the world they were "drilling" down in the ground to find worms was a mystery. Those favorite haunts are now subdivisions, shopping malls and a bed & breakfast. Sigh...

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Re: Woodcock

Postby fairchaser » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:49 pm

Fiesty little game birds. They are rare finds so much that I got one mounted. Everyone asks what it is and surprised it’s a game bird.
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Re: Woodcock

Postby catman529 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:28 am

I start seeing and hearing em late deer season. Yup I see the most after season closes. Isn’t it early December?


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Re: Woodcock

Postby thirdwilliam » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:39 am

used to hunt them in Middle Tennessee in the late 70's and early 80's when we were raising bird dogs. They were tough to hit in a cedar thicket. good memories
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Re: Woodcock

Postby tellico28 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:17 am

we bumped one up yesterday walking the woods behind my house
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Re: Woodcock

Postby Mike Belt » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:38 am

How's one eat compared to a snipe?
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Re: Woodcock

Postby Chaneylake » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:51 am

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Re: Woodcock

Postby TheLBLman » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:25 pm

Great pic, Chaneylake, really love that pic.

My quail hunting is mostly limited to after deer season closes.
Actually mostly limited period, since we have so few quail!

7mm08 wrote:I love the way they hold for dogs.

Nearly every time we have a point, and a bird actually flushes,
it will be a woodcock.

It is so disappointing, to both hunter and dogs, to simply watch those birds fly away.

Unlike my youth when most quail held for dogs, and I saw few woodcock,
today, few quail are holding, and we have more woodcock than quail.

We have a few quail in places, but they are truly "wild", typically flushing 100 yards ahead of the dogs, but still leaving so much ground scent the dogs will lock up on point seconds later. The quail have become so few, I don't want to shoot them even when hunting them, but sure would love to shoot some woodcock.
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