Woodcock...

#61
I squirrel hunt at Jordan and have kicked up one or two each trip (3)the last 10 days or so. I have not hunted for them myself ( no dog,no knowledge). Does anybody hunt for them without dogs? Is it worth trying to take a shot with no dog for recovery? If I had been expecting them I might have had a shot on a couple, I won't presume I'd have hit one but I don't want to waste a bird
 

JONOV

Six Pointer
#62
I squirrel hunt at Jordan and have kicked up one or two each trip (3)the last 10 days or so. I have not hunted for them myself ( no dog,no knowledge). Does anybody hunt for them without dogs? Is it worth trying to take a shot with no dog for recovery? If I had been expecting them I might have had a shot on a couple, I won't presume I'd have hit one but I don't want to waste a bird
Its about like finding Doves, if that helps.
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
#63
Yes, I would shoot one without a dog... No, I wouldn't waste my time hunting them without dogs.

I've hunted them a couple of times without dogs, but you'll walk by most of them. Woodcock can be some tight-holding rascals. I've seen them sitting tight even with the dog's nose almost on top of them. And there are some that I would not have found without the dog, but that wouldn't keep me from shooting them if I flushed one.
 
#64
Don’t let the lack of a dog keep you from the woods. Our crowd does pretty well without the use of a dog. We do find right many sticking tight at our feet and probably walk by five times as many that we don’t see. But it is possible to be quite successful without a dog...
 
#65
Yes, I would shoot one without a dog... No, I wouldn't waste my time hunting them without dogs.

I've hunted them a couple of times without dogs, but you'll walk by most of them. Woodcock can be some tight-holding rascals. I've seen them sitting tight even with the dog's nose almost on top of them. And there are some that I would not have found without the dog, but that wouldn't keep me from shooting them if I flushed one.
I saw a video yesterday of a setter that ran over one before he caught the scent and went on point. The bird was holding tight up against the dogs rear leg.


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sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
#70
It's great. Hydration bladder, tons of room, well, designed. It's great for carrying everything needed for you, a friend, and the dog. It really shines when you are away from the truck for awhile and need to carry more stuff. The limitation is weight, not space.