Woodcock...

appmtnhntr

Eight Pointer
Thread starter #1
Season opens today.

Anyone getting out to see if there’s a flight moving through?

Any of you guys been seeing birds yet?

I’ve only been getting random reports of singles and doubles all across the state. No big push yet. Hoping some weather will push them down soon.
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
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#2
Been hearing a couple here and there for a month now. Not sure how many are here, but there’s one way to find out.

I thought about trying to go today, but there is too much going on. Not sure what this snow will do to them.
 
#3
I wanted to get out today for birds or deer but with all the stuff I need to do prior to the storm, it ain’t gonna happen. I flushed 3 a few weeks ago and one grouse last week but nothing else.
 

nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
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#6
I think we may prowl some of the same bottoms, Cat.

Heading down to the river in a few. See if I can jump a few.
The river here is so choked in privet I stay away from it for the most part. I do have some nice open creek bottoms they love that is usually my indicator they are here. When I was young we used to hunt them all up and down the river prior to it being overtaken with that dang privet.
 

appmtnhntr

Eight Pointer
Thread starter #10
The river here is so choked in privet I stay away from it for the most part. I do have some nice open creek bottoms they love that is usually my indicator they are here. When I was young we used to hunt them all up and down the river prior to it being overtaken with that dang privet.
Made a 3mi lap up the usual bottoms. No birds jumped. Gonna give them a week or two and go back

Good thing in early season, when I do find them, We pop 3 pretty quick with them bunched up.
 

nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
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#13
Personally I like them fried, but I am a fried food lover. To me they are better than quail and usually a little larger.

They can be fixed the way any small bird can I.E. fried, grilled. And they are most scrumptious.
 

appmtnhntr

Eight Pointer
Thread starter #19
That will work!

BUT!!!

It’s too pretty to beat around in the woods as a walking stick, brush beater, and whatnot.

I used to carry my Benelli for years after grouse and birds. Too heavy considering I carry it about 5miles per grouse flush.

I switched to a youth 20ga. Super short. Weighs about 5.5#. Real quick handling.

Grouse are the worlds BEST at finding the one tree between you and them. I try to bust them as soon as they are clear of my dog.
That’s why I hunt quartering into the wind. She’s usually downwind of bird on my left or right and I get a left or right cross when they blow out. Same with woodcock.
 
#23
That will work!

BUT!!!

It’s too pretty to beat around in the woods as a walking stick, brush beater, and whatnot.

I used to carry my Benelli for years after grouse and birds. Too heavy considering I carry it about 5miles per grouse flush.

I switched to a youth 20ga. Super short. Weighs about 5.5#. Real quick handling.
Got to agree here. Toted my 20ga 870 compact yesterday. Light quick and not worried about it getting dinged.
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
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#24
I like 'em fried in bacon grease, with or without breading.

They usually flush close. Much closer than grouse, IMO. Improved cylinder is the most versatile, but skeet would probably be even better for most of the shots I get. There's been quite a few times when I couldn't shoot because they flew right past my head.
 

Banjo

Old Mossy Horns
#25
My dad and I used to hunt them. Something else that I miss doing with him.

I have flushed a couple in the bottom on our lease. I was surprised to see them.


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JONOV

Six Pointer
#27
Moved one bird Saturday...walked the creek bottoms for an hour or so...Sandhills area...no quail moved. Walked six miles all day, mostly for quail.
 
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Moved one bird Saturday...walked the creek bottoms for an hour or so...Sandhills area...no quail moved. Walked six miles all day, mostly for quail.
Got up 2 lookin for pigs in the snow last night. Right where I brought the dog through on Saturday. Hopefully a flight hangs around for a bit with all this melting snow and warmer weather this week.
 

JONOV

Six Pointer
#30
You guys useing 7 1/2 shot?
I use whatever cheap target loads I have (assuming the gun will run them.)

They aren't hard to kill and are usually close-ish when they flush. The Million dollar question is, will you have a shot through all the crap they seem to like to inhabit.