Thoughts and pictures of my wanderings through the Allegheny Mountains hunting grouse and woodcock with my Ryman-type English Setters during the fall and winter months, fishing for smallmouth bass in local streams and rivers during the summer months and wandering over my 66 acres of heaven year round.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
1st Scouting trip
On a tip from my vet I headed north in search of new coverts. A large hunting lease where he said his flush rate was as good as on his Michigan trips. As with any grouse hunter I'm always looking for new coverts, so leaving the setters at home because of the hot weather I journeyed into this unfamiliar cover. With the cover too thick for bushwacking I walked this old gas well road and was rewarded with 3 grouse flushes.
The remains of a large turkey. Perhaps a coyote kill ? At another piece of cover I found aspen and marked my map accordingly.
Another area had an enormous amount of grapevines covering the smaller trees.
A sight to get any grousehunter's blood pumping. Another note on the map.
A sweet gum tree telling me that fall is fast approaching.
My dues have been sent in and I hope to have pics of some successful hunts with my setters and hammerguns this fall from my new hunting grounds.