Another good culprit is raccoons. Bad nest robbers and nobody hunts them anymore like they did 20 years ago. My game camera has more raccoons and coyotes than deer or turkey and I don’t even put out corn.
Northern Kentucky. Lewis, Fleming, Rowan. Typically this time of year, anything that is still green is where I focus. Greenbiar, Mountain Laurel, or ferns. At little earlier I focus more on transition lines between young saplings and hard mass trees.
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Went the last two days in some prime cover, but looked to be a few weeks late. Nothing left for them to eat. Hit up a few spots that had Mountain Laurel and got some good points, saw sign, but no birds. Hard to find any forage right now.
Had to come to Madison for work this week so I snuck up to the northwoods for a two day hunt. 21 birds and three bagged in three shots. Still thick, 77 degree afternoons, and lots of bugs. Got into a covey of 5 and 6. Not bad outing considering the conditions and my Brittany was in heat.
Flown two in October on a WMA, not bad for the only grouse hunt I have done. I have had some success with quail this year but when I killed a female my heart sank. I love to hunt with the dogs but I also want to advance the population. Hard to do both.
Anybody concerned with the wolves?? Wasn't too much until I talked to my contact in Wisconsin and said that recently it really has taken off in the Price, Sawyer, and Ashland County area. My Britt stays close but still concerns me.